Perth Children’s Hospital Set to Open in May

The Perth Children’s Hospital will open in May next year, opening two and a half years after it was originally expected to open. The hospital will have a staged opening, with selected outpatients from Princess Margaret Hospital expected to be moved in May and the final move of all patients in June. Health minister Roger…

Debate Over Whether Legal Smoking Should Be Raised

By Kelly Smith Philanthropist and mining giant Andrew Forest is requesting state governments to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Mr Forest says it will save 15000 lives and Australia 20billion in health costs per year. Cigarette costs have already increased this year, with greater taxation on packs of cigarettes, Kelly Kennington from the…

Health Research and Funding to Help Restore Speech After Strokes

Western Australians rendered speechless after suffering a stroke are set to benefit from new health research designed to help promote recovery. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital speech pathologist Dr Erin Godecke will receive a share of $787,500 to support and track the care and outcomes of patients with aphasia, an impairment of language affecting speech, comprehension…

No Doubt on Convictions Following Pathwest Inquiry

An inquiry into Pathwest has revealed 11 anomalies were found in tests but the errors were not sufficient enough to lead to wrongful criminal convictions. The inquiry run by former National Institute of Forensic Sciences director Alastair Ross into the state-run pathology service commenced following forensic biologist Laurance Webb was sacked after breaching testing protocols,…

WA Government Investigates Alcohol Floor Price Plan

By Kelly Marie Smith In an effort to curb alcohol abuse in Western Australia, the state government is looking at the possibility to impose a minimum price on alcoholic beverages. The idea hopes to stop retailers selling bargain priced alcohol to heavy drinkers, has been set in motion by WA Health minister Roger Cook. Mr Cook,…

Health Strategy to Improve Lives By Fighting Ear Disease

Western Australian children will receive better ear health with the introduction of a new program to battle chronic ear disease. The Western Australian Child Ear Health Strategy will provide better ear health care in remote communities through multiple agency service planning, strengthened community partnerships, funding and improved co-ordination. It will provides greater consistency and co-ordination…

Children’s Hospital Lead Contamination Caused by Valve Corrosion

The WA Chief Health Officer Tarun Weeramanthri has just completed a month-long review at Perth’s Children’s Hospital to develop recommendations for dealing with the issue of lead in the water supply. The review has found the lead contamination was caused by the dezincification of brass fittings within the Thermostatic Mixing Valve Assembly Boxes, located near…

NRL Encourages Better Mental Health in Youth Rugby

Local rugby league players are set to benefit from a National Rugby League (NRL) program to de-stigmatise mental health issues and encourage young men and women to improve their mental health. The NRL’s State of Mind Program will be available to Australia’s 4,000 local rugby league players designed to help support and improve mental health.…

Inaugural Community Cabinet Meeting to be Held in Canning Vale

The McGowan government is set to hold its inaugural Community Cabinet event at Canning Vale College on August 21. Local residents will have the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall meeting to discuss important local issues with Premier Mark McGowan and Cabinet ministers, in a bid to encourage greater community engagement. Mr McGowan said…