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Putting Patients First
Investing in WA Health Infrastructure

Putting Patients First

The McGowan Labor Government is putting patients first. We are focused on building a sustainable, world-class health system and delivering the best health care for all Western Australians, regardless of where they live.

Funding into vital health services reflects the McGowan Government’s commitment to improve care in the community with a focus on health prevention and promotion. We are driving innovation, integration and culture change which will ensure our health system is sustainable for future generations.

Health Snapshot

  • $37 billion total investment in health
  • $655 million total infrastructure investment over the next four years
  • $182.3 million, over four years, for the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme to support regional Western Australians when they need to travel for medical treatment
  • $158 million towards the Joondalup Health Campus expansion
  • $73.3 million over the next five years for the Geraldton Health Campus stage 1 redevelopment – to expand the emergency department, inclusion of an acute psychiatric unit and a mental health short stay unit
  • $55.9 million investment into health technology and priority infrastructure projects
  • $46.9 million to replace medical equipment over 2018-2019 and 2019-2020
  • $46.4 million to redevelop the Newman Health Service
  • $27.1 million towards the district hospital investment program
  • $24.9 million to expand rehabilitative, neonatal and midwifery services at Osborne Park Hospital
  • $21 million towards the small hospital and nursing post refurbishment program
  • $17.4 million for the primary health centres demonstration program
  • $11.8 million to establish a Mental Health Observation Area Plus Unit at Royal Perth Hospital to support inner city mental health needs
  • $10.2 million over the next five years to construct and operate a Mid West community mental health step up / step down service
  • $10 million to fund information and communication technology investments into clinical and corporate systems
  • $9.3 million to fast-track 33 more alcohol and drug rehabilitation beds in the South West
  • $6.8 million towards renal dialysis services
  • $5 million for the Tom Price Hospital
  • $4.4 million on upgrades at the 193-bed Peel Health Campus
  • $3.5 million towards the Pilbara Health Partnership
  • $2.2 million for protective equipment to bolster safety for front-line health staff
  • $1.8 million for a family birthing centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital to provide south metropolitan families access to midwifery led care
  • $1.5 million to replace defibrillators and monitors
  • $500,000 to redevelop the 64-bed aged care Valley View Residence in Collie

Delivering on our Commitments

The McGowan Labor Government is continuing to work through plans to progress key hospital initiatives including upgrades to the Bunbury and Collie hospitals, which will be outlined in subsequent budgets.

Sustainable health Review

The McGowan Government has made positive moves to put the health budget on a more sustainable footing ensuring every health dollar spent represents value for money and delivers quality care for Western Australians.

    The interim report handed down in February highlighted the need for waste reduction through more efficient provision of services, an increased focus on health prevention and promotion and improved care in the community.

    The final Sustainable Health Review report, which reflects input from hundreds of people from grassroots level consultation with patients, stakeholders and community members, will be provided to the State Government in November 2018.

Boosting Mental Health
Infrastructure and Services

The McGowan Labor Government has continued to make funding for mental health, alcohol and other drug issues a priority to help Western Australians health and wellbeing.

  • $3.8 billion, over the next four years, for the Mental Health Commission to deliver mental health, alcohol and other drug priorities
  • $9.3 million to fast track 33 more alcohol and drug rehabilitation beds in the South West
  • $10.2 million over the next five years to construct and operate a Mid West community mental health step up / step down service
  • $12.8 million for the Northwest Drug and Alcohol Support Program
  • $1.6 million towards Regional Men’s Health to improve men’s health and wellbeing in regional Western Australia
  • A boost in the number of acute and sub-acute mental health beds across WA hospitals and community facilities including additional mental health units as part of Geraldton Health Campus and Royal Perth Hospital redevelopment programs

Improving Aged Care Infrastructure

The McGowan Government is injecting millions of dollars towards developing, upgrading and refurbishing residential aged care facilities.

  • $10.6 million for a residential aged care facility in Carnarvon
  • $4 million towards the residential aged and dementia care investment program in regional WA
  • $1 million for Dongara Aged Care
  • $500,000 to redevelop the 64-bed aged care Valley View Residence in Collie

    The McGowan Labor Government is on track with its commitment to fast-tracking aged care establishments.

    More than 30 aged care development opportunities have been progressed through land transfers, rezonings and development approvals.

    At least another 1,500 aged care beds will be made available across the state. An aged care working group is continuing to fast-track the availability of State-owned land and property for aged care facilities.


Urgent Care Clinics

The McGowan Labor Government is progressing its plan to deliver Urgent Care Clinics across the WA community. Urgent Care Clinics will provide better integrated quality health care for patients close to where they live.

Western Australia’s first Urgent Care Clinic is well underway at Royal Perth Hospital.

The clinic will provide a specialised service for patients presenting with behavioural disturbances and/or toxicological conditions to ensure they are treated in an appropriate environment and relieve pressure on the emergency department.

Planning is underway for more Urgent Care Clinics and will be delivered in subsequent budgets.


The McGowan Labor Government is delivering on its plans for a specialist hotel for patients who are discharged from hospital but are still recovering – putting patients first and freeing up expensive hospital beds.

WA’s first Medihotel is being built as part of the larger 9.6 hectare Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct, located alongside Fiona Stanley Hospital. The precinct will include aged care beds, housing and health and research facilities.

Stage one civil works are expected to be completed by mid-2018 for the Medihotel to be ready in 2021.

Perth Children's Hospital

The McGowan Labor Government has tackled the hospital’s water issues head-on to ensure the hospital will be ready to open safely to provide quality care and treatment for young Western Australians.

A staged opening has been planned for the Perth Children’s Hospital.

  • Monday, 14 May 2018: outpatient move
  • Monday, 28 May 2018: elective surgery commences
  • Sunday, 10 June 2018: final move and emergency department opens