Investing in WA health services
Funding medical research

The McGowan Labor Government is investing $9.6 billion as part of the 2020‑21 State Budget to strengthen WA’s health system and ensure it continues to protect the health of the community and keep Western Australians safe while we continue our world‑leading response to the threat of COVID‑19.


  • Record $306 million in additional funding towards mental health services.
  • $168.6 million funding to general hospital services to meet increasing demand.
  • An additional $20.9 million for the continued COVID‑19 response, continuing the work of the State Health Incident Coordination Centre and the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre.
  • $80 million in additional funding for essential health system and community based services, including expansion of the School Dental Service across seven sites, and funding for in-home health and aged care.
  • $60.8 million total investment towards the Bunbury Regional Hospital redevelopment.
  • $55.5 million for operational costs associated with implementing a Medihotel pilot program at the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct.
  • $35.8 million elective surgery blitz to enable for about 6,000 more patients to have their treatment and return elective waiting lists to pre‑pandemic levels by 2021.
  • $29.4 million for additional medical internships at Western Australian hospitals.
  • $68.9 million for mental health hospital services in the public health system.
  • A further $24.4 million for the expansion of Fremantle Mental Health beds.
  • $22.6 million to establish a laboratory at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital that complies with industry standards and ensures the supply of radiopharmaceutical products for patients and medical research, including procurement of a second cyclotron.
  • $22 million towards the replacement of medical equipment across the system.
  • $20.1 million to strengthen End‑of‑Life Care and to support implementation of Voluntary Assisted Dying reforms.
  • $19 million for the redevelopment of the Emergency Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and accommodation of a Behavioural Assessment Urgent Care Clinic.
  • $15 million to upgrade and remediate the Human Resources Management Information System.
  • $13.3 million for construction of the Royal Perth Hospital Synapse Innovation Hub.
  • $7.98 million towards the planning and development of the Broome Health and Wellbeing Campus, a Nyamba Buru Yawuru project, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
  • $9.2 million for Country Ambulance services and enhanced access and patient flow for country patients.
  • $10.3 million for the WA Country Health Service Command Centre.
  • $18.8 million to operate six regional renal hostels that provide accommodation for renal patients that travel from remote communities.
Page reviewed 8th October 2020