- Pilbara Health Initiative extended to 2020
- Phase 2 made possible by $13.63 million through Royalties for Regions
- Enhanced health services reflect vision of Pilbara Cities initiative
Medical specialist and obstetric services and a women's health program will be boosted in the Pilbara, thanks to a $13.63 million extension of the Pilbara Health Initiative, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions.
Health Minister John Day said Pilbara Health Initiative Phase 2 followed the success of Phase 1, established in 2009 in response to increasing demand for healthcare across the fast- growing region.
"This new funding builds on the Liberal National Government's record health care investment, which is expanding services and facilities at Pilbara centres," Mr Day said.
"Over the past decade we have seen a rapid increase in the region's population due to the extraordinary resource sector development, and this has put significant pressure on health services.
"This additional funding will strengthen provision of specialist services and women's health care, in keeping with our commitment to bring world-class services close to home."
Phase 2 of the initiative will focus on the provision of obstetric services and medical specialists at Nickol Bay Hospital in Karratha, and a women's health program in Tom Price and Newman.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the funding would benefit residents across the region.
"Phase 1 of the Pilbara Health Initiative has made a big mark on Pilbara communities," Mr Redman said.
"For the first time, five Pilbara towns have permanently based paramedics, patients in Karratha have access to a CT scanner, and more women have been able to give birth locally.
"This four-year funding extension reflects the Pilbara Cities vision of building vibrant and liveable communities that people will choose to raise a family in and call home long into the future."
Phase 2 of the Pilbara Health Initiative will commence in June 2017.
Mr Day said health infrastructure across the Pilbara also continued to improve, with new or upgraded hospitals underway or planned for Karratha, Newman, Onslow and Tom Price.
- $265.5 million has been invested in the Pilbara since 2009 to improve health infrastructure and services through the Pilbara Cities initiative, delivered by the Pilbara Development Commission
- $38.2 million Pilbara Health Initiative Phase 1 was a five-year partnership program between the State Government and the Pilbara Industry's Community Council
- Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https://rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au
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