The McGowan Labor Government is providing the biggest ever investment in the WA public health system, with a further record $2.5 billion investment in health and mental health - towards significant targeted investments including measures to address emergency department pressures.

This brings the total new investment to $5.7 billion since the last budget.

Under the McGowan Government, WA Health’s annual budget has grown from $8.8 billion in 2016-17 to $11.6 billion in 2021-22, a 30.9 per cent increase.

The 2022-23 State Budget features $1.6 billion for WA’s COVID-19 response in this budget, bringing investment to date to more than $11.2 billion since the start of the pandemic, including $1.7 billion towards business support.

At a glance

  • $1.6 billion in new COVID-19 response and recovery measures to keep WA safe;
  • $630 million in additional hospital services spending;
  • $252 million Emergency Department Reform Package with a suite of 17 initiatives;
  • $223 million new health infrastructure investment bringing total to $1.6 billion, in addition to the $1.8 billion new Women and Babies Hospital;
  • $181 million additional investments in mental health including $47 million towards an immediate response to the Infants, Children and Adolescents Taskforce Report;
  • $158 million for health and mental health initiatives in WA’s regions;
  • Delivered 342 new beds with a total of 530 beds to be delivered by the end of the year; and
  • Over the past two years to March 2022, the WA Health workforce has increased by 15.6 per cent, including an additional 1,456 nursing and 512 medical FTE (principally doctors).
  • Page reviewed 12th May 2022