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Immunisation rates for WA children on the rise602599Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html6/02/2016 3:48:55 AM2016-02-05T23:00:00ZWA's immunisation rate for five-year-old children reaches 92.1%Aboriginal immunisation rates exceed those of non-Aboriginal children The latest snapshot of Australia's immunisation rates is good news for Western Australia, with the proportion of fully vaccinated five-year-old children reaching a record high. Health Minister Kim Hames said the fully vaccinated rate had risen in the December 2015 quarter to 92.1 per cent for all Western Australian children, compared with 90.6 per cent for the quarter ending September 30, 2015. The figure was even higher at 94.3 per cent for Aboriginal children compared with 91.3 per cent the previous quarter. "These trends are extremely promising and reflect the enormous amount of work the Department of Health and its immunisation partners have done to boost immunisation rates across the State," Dr Hames said. "In particular, the rise of immunisation coverage for Aboriginal five-year-old children is a significant achievement, with current rates now exceeding those for non-Aboriginal children." The Minister said since 2013, the Department of Health had introduced several initiatives to help improve vaccine coverage in Aboriginal children. These included training and empowering Aboriginal health workers to vaccinate through expansion of the current Aboriginal Health Workers Immunisation Competency Training Programworking with Aboriginal community-controlled health services to develop culturally appropriate, community-based programs monitoring vaccination rates and targeting communities and sub-groups with a lower uptake. Increasing immunisation rates in Aboriginal children was a key focus in the State Government's Western Australian Immunisation Strategy 2013-2015. The strategy identified the need for health care providers to continue to work together to promote immunisation as the best way to protect the health of West Australians. "There is no question that immunisation is the best form of defence to protect children from up to 16 vaccine-preventable illnesses, including viral hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps, whooping cough and bacterial meningitis," Dr Hames said. "While these figures show we are moving in the right direction, there is still more work to be done to ensure all Western Australian children are protected and to ensure WA's immunisation rates continue to climb." Fact FileAn immunisation rate of about 95% is necessary to effectively prevent outbreaks of highly infectious diseases like measlesChildhood vaccinations are provided free through the National Immunisation Program For more information, visit http//healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/About-immunisation Minister's office - 6552 5300
Millions to help improve regional pools598292Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5630html5/02/2016 4:16:40 AM2016-02-05T04:00:00Z​About $3 million to revitalise regional poolsFunding for 94 aquatic facilities in Western Australia Municipal pools across regional Western Australia will be sparkling over the summer, thanks to funding from the Community Pool Revitalisation Program. Sport and Recreation and Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the program gave funding to eligible regional local government authorities to help with the maintenance and upgrade of their aquatic centre facilities. The program is funded through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, with $13.2 million provided over four years. Annual funding is available for up to $32,000 per aquatic centre, and $10,000 per water playground when it is at a primary aquatic facility. "As well as being a recreation hub, pools are often the social and community centre of many regional centres," Ms Davies said. In this round, $2,938,667 was granted to 94 aquatic facilities across regional WA comprising of 92 aquatic centres with swimming pools and two water playgrounds. "Aquatic centres are important facilities, particularly in regional and remote communities. There is evidence that when they are well patronised, they help reduce chronic disease and improve educational and social outcomes," the Minister said. "We also know that active children learn better; aside from the mental and physical benefits, there are also great community and social outcomes for kids who are active. "This Royalties for Regions investment increases the vibrancy and liveability of regional WA communities." Fact FileA list of recipients is available at http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au/cprp-successfulFor more information, visit http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/regional/community-pools-revitalisation-programA recent change to the program means eligible regional local governments can apply for funding as part of a Future Capital ProjectThe grant must be placed in a specified reserve account to be budgeted towards a capital project in 2016-17 or 2017-18For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New chairwoman appointed to Heritage Council598289Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6280html5/02/2016 3:01:17 AM2016-02-05T03:00:00Z​Anne Arnold is the new Heritage Council of WA chairwoman Anne Arnold has been appointed as the new chairwoman of the Heritage Council of Western Australia. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said Mrs Arnold had been a highly valued member of the Heritage Council for more than eight years and had extensive experience in property, planning, real estate and housing. Mrs Arnold was deputy chairwoman of the Heritage Council and has been acting in the role since former chairwoman Marion Fulker stepped down in December 2015. Mrs Arnold is the former chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of WA, former executive director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA Division), and served on boards including the WA Planning Commission. She is currently a member of the Landgate board. Mr Jacob said Mrs Arnold has played an instrumental role in the development of new heritage legislation to replace the out-of-date Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990, which the Government intends to introduce to State Parliament this year. "Mrs Arnold's dedication to heritage and significant experience in planning and urban development make her an ideal choice for the chairwoman's role, to take the Heritage Council into the future," he said. "Increasingly, WA is capitalising on its heritage assets as the heart of major development projects, for example, the recently opened State Buildings and the soon-to-start redevelopment of the former Sunset and Shenton Park hospital sites. "In this environment, Mrs Arnold is well placed to lead the Heritage Council which advises the State Government on heritage matters." The Heritage Council will shortly advertise for applicants for a position on the nine-member board. Fact FileThe Heritage Council is the State Government's statutory advisory board on heritage mattersFor more information, visit http//stateheritage.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5800
Reaching the summit: multicultural meeting of minds598282Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4720html5/02/2016 2:41:04 AM2016-02-05T02:30:00Z​Young multicultural leaders meet to discuss issues in Perth Issues affecting Western Australia's multicultural young people are top of the agenda at a meeting of young leaders and decision makers in Perth today. About 50 West Australians aged 18-25 years from multicultural backgrounds joined members of WA's Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, for the Catalyst Youth Summit. Opening the State Government-supported event, Youth Minister Tony Simpson said it was an opportunity for delegates to talk about possible solutions to some of the issues affecting multicultural young people. "The Catalyst Youth Summit is an important initiative, enabling a diverse group of future leaders to have a direct influence on some of WA's current politicians," Mr Simpson said. "It is a fantastic example of the State Government working with community groups to give young West Australians the chance to contribute and engage positively with the community." Acting Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Day said the State Government would continue to support culturally and linguistically diverse youth to have their say. "Young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face unique issues and these can only be addressed by engaging directly with them," Mr Day said. "It is important that the opinions expressed by the enthusiastic participants at today's summit result in a positive change for young people of all backgrounds." Taking place over three days, the Catalyst Youth Summit was organised by young volunteers as part of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of Western Australia. Delegates included 12 young people from regional WA. Fact FileThe Catalyst Youth Summit received $22,500 in State Government funding through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program and Department of Local Government and Communities' Youth Activities GrantsThe Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of WA is auspiced through the Youth Affairs Council of WAFor more information, visit http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au Youth Minister's office - 6552 6600 Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5700
ActiveSmart gets the Wheatbelt moving598279Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2600html5/02/2016 2:25:43 AM2016-02-05T02:10:00Z​$900,000 ActiveSmart program announced More than half the Wheatbelt are not doing enough physical activity The State Government today launched a $900,000 project to encourage people in the Wheatbelt to be more active. In Northam today, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies announced the ActiveSmart program would be rolled out across 12 local government areas of Beverley, Dowerin, Goomalling, Koorda, Merredin, Moora, Narrogin (town and shire), Northam, Toodyay, Wyalkatchem and York. The 12-month program, which includes personalised phone coaching, will be offered to about 13,200 households in the Wheatbelt and will work intensely with up to 5,000 participants. "Statistics tell us this region now has the highest rate of overweight and obese people in the State, and is ranked 16th out of 92 regions in Australia for obesity and physical inactivity," the Minister said. "ActiveSmart provides a toolkit for participants, including information on how to increase their physical activity levels and ongoing support and motivation to encourage people to join local sporting groups. "Part of our goal is to help people increase their daily physical activity by at least 15 minutes a day." The Department of Health's Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System (2013) indicates the Wheatbelt region has the highest rates of overweight and obese adults at 75 per cent compared with a combined State average of 66 per cent. ActiveSmart focuses on achieving long term, sustainable changes in physical activity behaviours and because the program connects participants to existing opportunities this means physical activity levels can be maintained once the service delivery concludes. "Sports clubs and recreation centres are the heart of so many regional towns and we want ActiveSmart to help even more people connect with them and reap the many benefits of being more active," Ms Davies said. The Minister said previous versions of ActiveSmart have proven cost efficient and effective in addressing inactivity levels in other communities, with every $1 invested in the program saving $25 in health, transport and environmental costs over 10 years. Fact FileActiveSmart started in Rockingham in 2009 and Geraldton in 2011Your Move, a program which combined ActiveSmart with active transport, was a partnership with the Department of Transport and was staged in Cockburn in 2014 and Wanneroo in 2015 Minister's office - 6552 5500
New school honours Ellenbrook's farming past598278Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2400html5/02/2016 2:17:36 AM2016-02-05T02:05:00Z​New $15.8 million primary school opened in EllenbrookNamed in honour of WA pioneer Anne Hamersley More than 100 students in one of Ellenbrook's newest communities have started the school year in a brand new primary school which has its roots in Western Australian history. Education Minister Peter Collier today officially opened Anne Hamersley Primary School in Dunnett Drive, Ellenbrook. The school was named in honour of Anne Hamersley, the wife of pastoralist and stockbreeder William Locke Brockman. The couple emigrated from the United Kingdom to the Swan River settlement in 1830, and settled in the area now known as Ellenbrook. Mr Collier said the school's logo reflected the endeavours of the Brockman family which included horse breeding and development of the Cheriton orange variety, named after Mr Brockman's birthplace in the UK. "While acknowledging the past, Anne Hamersley Primary School features the latest in education facilities, with specialist classrooms for art; science; music; and for children with special needs, and modern information communication technology," he said. "Its grounds feature nature play spaces which are helpful for children's development as they learn to assess risk as they play, and boost their motor skills." The Minister said that from the outset, parents and the community had helped define the directions the school should take. "There has already been a high level of parent and community input into Anne Hamersley Primary School which opens as an Independent Public School," Mr Collier said. Fact FileIn 2016, 445 schools are operating as Independent Public SchoolsThe State Government has invested a total of $63.8 million in four new primary schools which opened this week - Alkimos Primary School, Anne Hamersley Primary School (Ellenbrook), Rivergums Primary School (Baldivis) and Harrisdale Primary School Minister's office - 6552 6300
More public schools to gain independent status598276Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6260html5/02/2016 2:06:38 AM2016-02-05T02:00:00Z​Up to 50 more public schools to become independentNew data confirms WA still has the highest per-student funding of any StateA teacher in front of every classroom Record graduate recruitment The Western Australian school year has begun with four new primary schools opened, a record 1,812 teaching graduates employed, and news that up to another 50 public schools will gain independent status. Education Minister Peter Collier said WA had led the nation in reforming the way public schools were run, with power shifting from a central bureaucracy to individual schools and their boards. "So far, 445 schools have shown their willingness to test the status quo, take innovative approaches and harness their communities," Mr Collier said. The Minister made the comments as he opened Anne Hamersley Primary School in Ellenbrook. "Once again, the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services has found WA funds schools at the highest per-student rate of any State," he said. "Compare that to 2005-08 when there were significant teacher shortages and our teachers were the lowest paid in the nation." Across the board, WA teachers are now the highest paid of any State. A $52.7 million computing and technology upgrade is also under way in public schools to improve wireless access and provide up-to-date devices for students. Fact File70% of public students and teachers are in 445 Independent Public Schools across WASchool internet downloads have more than tripled in the past two yearsThe latest Report on Government Services data was released yesterdayFor more information, visit http//www.education.wa.edu.auNew primary schools opened this year at Ellenbrook, Baldivis, Alkimos and HarrisdaleGraduates are defined as teachers who have been in the job for less than two years Minister's office - 6552 6300
Annual grants strengthen sport598184Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3940html5/02/2016 12:07:51 AM2016-02-05T00:00:00Z$228,500 in grants for sporting activities26 State sporting associations can help their sports grow A new round of State Government funding is helping further strengthen Western Australian sports. The State Sporting Association Annual Grants Scheme has funded 26 State sporting associations with $228,500. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the grants helped sport grow in the areas of participation, people and industry development, organisational development, high performance and hosting an event. "The grants are an opportunity for sporting associations to extend and grow - like host a national championship - and build and develop their sport for members and supporters," Ms Davies said. This round of grants will go towards hosting national events, the employment of executive officers, strength and conditioning programs and development programs for coaches, officials, board members and athletes. "In order to deliver one of the strongest sporting systems in the world, our State sporting associations must have the tools and knowledge to continue to grow and strengthen their sport, so these grants are another step along that road," the Minister said. Approved grants include$7,000 to Badminton Association of WA towards the Oceania Region Under 17s Badminton Championships$8,000 to Surf Life Saving WA to support their Junior Talent Development Program supporting the employment of executive officers for Judo WA Inc, Lacrosse WA and WA Karate Federation$10,000 to Touch Football for a national development conference - to be held in WA for the first time - to upskill volunteers$10,000 to Waterpolo WA to develop on an online portal for affiliated clubs to increase communication and support for its clubs$5,000 to the Western Australian Table Tennis Association to host the Australian Para Table Tennis Championships in WA which is part of the selection in the Australian Paralympic team for the Rio games$10,000 to Pony Club Association of WA for a young leaders' initiative. Fact FileFor more information, visit http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au/successful-annual-grants Minister's office - 6552 5500
Life in the fast lane as top swimmers head west598136Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2380html4/02/2016 11:59:21 PM2016-02-04T22:00:00ZPerth Aquatic Super Series is being held at HBF Stadium on February 5 and 6Australian team includes James Magnussen, Emily Seebohm, Mitch Larkin and Cate and Bronte CampbellSponsored by the State Government through Tourism WA Some of the world's best swimmers will face off at the Perth Aquatic Super Series this week, with many making their final Australian appearance before the Olympic Games. The star-studded Australian Dolphins swim squad is set for two nights of tough competition against China and Japan at HBF Stadium today and tomorrow (February 5-6). Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the international contest in Perth offered ideal preparation for swimmers, and a special preview for spectators, ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. "Australia is represented at the Perth Aquatic Super Series by world record holders Cate Campbell and Mitch Larkin, FINA world champions Emily Seebohm and Bronte Campbell," Dr Hames said. "James Magnussen is returning to form after shoulder surgery and there's an impressive line-up of rising stars." The Minister said London Olympic gold medallist Ye Shiwen will headline the Chinese team, while the Japanese squad includes two-time Olympic medallist Takuro Fujii and women's world championship breaststroke medallist Rie Kaneto. "All the action from the event will be televised live across Australia, and broadcast around the world, providing valuable exposure of Western Australia," he said. The Perth Aquatic Super Series is proudly sponsored by the State Government through Tourism WA, which supports a range of events and initiatives that together aim to increase the value of tourism in Western Australia to $12 billion by 2020. Fact FileFor more information, visit http//www.aquaticsuperseries.com.au Tickets are available from Ticketmaster Minister's office - 6552 5300
New service supports Peel workforce growth594323Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4520html4/02/2016 5:39:06 AM2016-02-04T05:30:00Z​New $1.077 million workforce development centre provides free services for Peel job seekersIncludes $538,700 investment through Royalties for Regions The State Government will offer free career and training services in the Peel region from a new workforce development centre officially opened today by Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey. The $1.077 million centre was jointly funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mrs Harvey said the centre would provide high-quality career advice and services, ensuring local residents and surrounding areas had access to meaningful training and career development opportunities. "The new centre will provide local services to support people of any age to make education, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers," she said. "It aims to increase participation in the workforce, particularly among underemployed, disengaged and under-represented groups in the community. "The Peel centre will complement and work with the existing employment and training support services being provided in the region." The centre will provide a range of services such as guidance and assistance to develop a career action plan, school-based career development activities and employability workshops. Services will be delivered by local organisation, Bridging the Gap, through a hub in Mandurah and outreach services across the region. Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said providing relevant opportunities for career development was critical in attracting and retaining people living in the regions. "A skilled workforce is integral to driving economic development and contributes towards building vibrant regions," Ms Davies said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions providing tangible social and economic benefits for residents in the Peel region." Fact FileThe Peel Workforce Development Centre is located at 56 Mandurah Terrace, MandurahFor more information on Royalties for Regions, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
State-of-the-art primary school open in Baldivis594312Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2190html4/02/2016 2:23:51 AM2016-02-04T02:00:00Z​New $18.7 million Rivergums Primary School opened More than 320 students from kindergarten to Year 6 Families in booming Baldivis are benefiting from the area's newest primary school, which welcomed students for the first time this week. Education Minister Peter Collier today officially opened Rivergums Primary School, on Avoca Chase, Baldivis. Mr Collier said the school offered outstanding education opportunities for students, including specialist areas for music, health and physical education. "Rivergums is one of four new primary schools opening this week; it's a magnificent facility," he said. The school includes an administration block, library, covered assembly area, canteen, music room, 15 classrooms, an inclusive education classroom, art and craft room, staff areas, cricket nets, hard courts, an oval and landscaping. The Minister said a steering committee of parents had met regularly over the past six months to develop the ethos of the school, with the motto of 'Discover, Believe, Achieve…Communities' - along with a logo and uniform. "It is fitting that Rivergums Primary School begins as an Independent Public School, which will see parent and community involvement continue to shape the school for the benefit of students," he said. Fact FileIn 2016, 445 schools are operating as Independent Public SchoolsThe State Government has invested a total of $63.8 million in four new primary schools which opened this week - Alkimos Primary School, Anne Hamersley Primary School (Ellenbrook), Rivergums Primary School (Baldivis) and Harrisdale Primary SchoolWA schools receive the highest per student funding of any State Across the board, WA teachers are the highest paid of any State Minister's office - 6552 6300
Community invited to Midlands briefing session594311Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7550html4/02/2016 2:12:34 AM2016-02-04T02:00:00Z​Irwin area identified as a potential irrigated agriculture hotspotPart of the State Government's $40 million Water for Food program The community and stakeholders are invited to attend an information session about the proposed Irwin agricultural project area near Dongara, as part of the Water for Food Midlands project. Made possible by a $4.7 million investment from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, the project seeks to confirm groundwater allocations that can be matched with high-capacity agricultural land assessments, supporting decision making in agricultural growth and investment. Water and Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the Irwin area was recently chosen for further investigation as a potential irrigated agriculture hotspot as part of the project. "The Irwin area, along with the Dinner Hill area to the south of Badgingarra, has been selected with input from the community and industry bodies, and will now be subject to further water, infrastructure, soil and crop analysis to determine if they are suited to intensive irrigated horticulture," Ms Davies said. The meeting will be held at the Priory Hotel, 11 St Dominics Road in Dongara on Tuesday, February 9 from noon to 1.30pm. The Minister said the community briefing would provide an opportunity for members of the public and stakeholders to ask questions and learn all about the next stage of the Midlands project. "The Midlands project is working to identify one or more 2,000 to 3,000 hectare irrigated horticulture zones between Gingin and Dongara - one of the most economically promising irrigation areas in Western Australia," she said. "The Royalties for Regions investment in the Water for Food program is a strategic approach in supporting new opportunities in WA's agricultural sector. It also provides a significant boost to lift our agricultural productivity, encouraging capital investment. "This program builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the Royalties for Regions $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative, which aims to strengthen regional communities where agriculture is a major economic activity." To attend, email waterforfood@water.wa.gov.au by Monday, February 8. Fact File Water for Food is a key component of the Government's Royalties for Regions-funded $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiativeMidlands Community Reference Group is chaired by Agricultural Region MLC Martin AldridgeFor more information, visit http//www.waterforfood.wa.gov.au Water Minister's office - 6552 5500
New judge for the District Court594309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8910html4/02/2016 12:07:39 AM2016-02-03T22:05:00ZAppointment to fill imminent vacancyNew judge starts on February 12, 2016 Legal practitioner Michael Gething has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of Western Australia. Attorney General Michael Mischin said Mr Gething already had significant experience working in both the District and Supreme courts and was highly regarded among his legal peers. Mr Gething obtained a Bachelor of Laws at The University of Western Australia in 1989. From 1990 to 1994, he worked at Freehill, Hollingdale & Page, initially as an articled clerk, then as a restricted practitioner and finally as a solicitor specialising in civil litigation. Mr Gething was admitted as a barrister and solicitor for the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia in 1991. From 1994 to 2004, he worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as a solicitor. In 2004, Mr Gething was appointed as the Principal Registrar of the District Court of Western Australia, serving in that role until 2013. During this time, he also worked as a sessional lecturer at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and as a Commissioner of the District Court of Western Australia. Since 2014, Mr Gething has served in the role of Principal Registrar of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Fact FileMr Gething's appointment fills the vacancy left by the upcoming resignation of judge Allan Fenbury Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Fiona Stanley Hospital celebrates first year594285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4020html3/02/2016 4:18:35 AM2016-02-03T04:15:00ZFiona Stanley Hospital marks one year of service to the WA communityMore than 120,000 patients treated in the first year285,000 appointments handled through outpatient clinics The busy emergency department at Fiona Stanley Hospital has treated 100,000 patients since it opened a year ago this week, including a record 347 patients in one 24-hour period. Health Minister Kim Hames said the anniversary was an opportunity to reflect on the many achievements of the new hospital in its first year of becoming fully clinically operational. "It's an enormous project to establish a complex new tertiary public hospital from the ground up and Fiona Stanley Hospital is the first to be built in Western Australia in more than 50 years," Dr Hames said. "Opening the State's biggest and most modern hospital was always going to be challenging and the staff have risen to this challenge, adapting to the building's innovative design features; a new way of working; and the advanced technology." The Minister acknowledged there had been issues associated with the bedding down of hospital systems and work flows during commissioning but praised the staff for their dedication to patient care throughout the demanding first months after opening. "Importantly, the majority of issues have been resolved and I know the staff are focused on continuing to provide safe and efficient care to their patients," he said. Dr Hames said Fiona Stanley Hospital had seen a huge volume of patients in its first year and congratulated staff and the leadership team for their efforts in handling the unprecedented demand for the new hospital's services. "I regularly receive feedback from people who have been patients at the health campus and they are consistently full of praise for the high quality of care they received," he said. "I am enormously proud of the achievements of Fiona Stanley Hospital to date and have every confidence it will continue to be a much-valued part of the WA community." Fact FileFiona Stanley Hospital has 783 beds, including 140 rehabilitation bedsFor more information, visit http//www.fsh.health.wa.gov.au 100,000 patients have been treated in the emergency department, average of 275 a dayMost patients seen in emergency department in one day was in March 2015 with 347 patients in 24 hours30,000 patients have been admitted to the hospital through the emergency department40,000 people have been admitted as inpatientsMore than 2,500 babies have been born at Fiona Stanley HospitalOctober 2015 saw 13 babies born on the one day, the highest on record for the hospital About 2,000 children have been cared for on the paediatric wardOutpatient clinics have handled more than 285,500 appointments in a year22,600 surgeries have been performed, 12,600 of which were elective procedures750,000 plated meals have been served to patients1.4 million calls have been answered by the hospital switchboard Minister's office - 6552 5300
First public school in Alkimos opens593294Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3460html3/02/2016 2:09:00 AM2016-02-03T02:00:00ZNew $14.03 million primary school opens in northern suburbsAlkimos Primary School one of four new schools opening this year One of Perth's newest and fastest growing suburbs, north of the river, celebrated the opening of its first public school this morning. Education Minister Peter Collier officially opened Alkimos Primary School, as more than 200 students from kindergarten to Year 6 settled into their state-of-the-art classrooms. Mr Collier said although Alkimos was a new suburb, there was already a strong sense of community. "I know parents played a significant role in choosing the name of the school, designing the logo, mottos and uniforms, and deciding on the type of specialist programs the school should run," he said. The school buildings include five early childhood classrooms, 10 general learning areas, one inclusive education classroom, a library resource centre, arts and craft classroom, multi-purpose hard courts, an oval and cricket practice nets. "This beautiful new school will support the growing number of young families flocking to the area," Mr Collier said. Alkimos was named after a Greek merchant ship that was wrecked on the coast in 1963. The wreck inspired the school's logo and motto - Strength in Unity. Fact FileAlkimos Primary School opens with 220 students from kindergarten to Year 6The State Government has invested $63.8 million in four new primary schools which opened this week - Alkimos Primary School, Anne Hamersley Primary School (Ellenbrook), Rivergums Primary School (Baldivis) and Harrisdale Primary School Minister's office - 6552 6300
New primary school opens in Harrisdale3613Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3060html2/02/2016 2:20:11 AM2016-02-02T02:00:00Z$15.2 million new primary school in growing southern suburbSchool for kindergarten to Year 6 students The first 500 students walked through the doors of Harrisdale Primary School this week - one of the newest public schools in Perth's southern suburbs. Education Minister Peter Collier today officially opened the school and said it formed part of an educational precinct for the growing Harrisdale community. "This fantastic new school is filled with the latest technology and is easing enrolment pressure on neighbouring primary schools," Mr Collier said. "A new secondary school will open in 2017 next door. I am sure this physical link between the two schools will encourage strong ties and many opportunities." Harrisdale Primary School includes an inclusive classroom for students with special needs, an art and craft room, a library resource centre, a music room, a covered assembly area and canteen, a dental therapy centre, toilets, multi-purpose hard courts, a junior oval and cricket nets. "The modern facilities cater for the needs and aspirations of all local families, and high-quality and innovative teachers are supporting every student to reach their potential," Mr Collier said. "There has been a significant level of consultation with the community to develop the direction the school is taking and to ensure all students are represented." Fact FileThe State Government has invested a total of $63.8 million in four new primary schools which opened this week - Alkimos Primary School, Anne Hamersley Primary School (Ellenbrook), Rivergums Primary School (Baldivis) and Harrisdale Primary School Minister's office - 6552 6300
Government reinforces support to building industry3441Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9830html2/02/2016 12:58:44 AM2016-02-02T00:30:00ZInaugural summit brings together building industry, and local and key State governments departmentsProvides forum to make building, planning and government processes more efficient A Building Industry Summit today aims to identify new red tape reductions and ways to streamline regulatory requirements for the construction of new homes, residential renovations and commercial construction. As part of a multi-agency commitment to progress work already achieved in the building sector, Commerce Minister Michael Mischin, Planning Minister John Day and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson will all participate in the day-long event. Premier Colin Barnett, who will open the summit, said the event demonstrated the Government's commitment to removing unnecessary road blocks which frustrated Western Australian businesses and families. "Today, State Government agencies and local governments will hear first-hand any concerns from industry and exchange ideas on how to improve the building process," Mr Barnett said. "After the forum, it is my expectation that all participants will turn these discussions into action because there are big benefits for people working in the construction industry, for couples building their first home and for families who are renovating their existing home." The summit will contribute to a more efficient building process byidentifying opportunities for simpler and more consistent building, planning and local government processesstrengthening relationships between the building industry, and local and State government departments. Mr Mischin said industries worldwide were being faced with challenges brought about by the likes of globalisation, changing technologies and consumer demands for quality and diverse housing options at a value-for-money price. "By working together, we can establish a more efficient regulatory environment that supports the building industry and gives it the edge it needs to face these challenges, innovate and reach new heights in productivity," he said. Fact FileThe summit was proposed by Mr Mischin on his return from the national Building Ministers' Forum in July 2015. He will take the summit outcomes to the next meeting of the Building Ministers' Forum on February 19, 2016The WA building and construction industry contributes more than 10% of State's economyIn WA, the construction industry is the largest employer of any sector - it represents 11.1% of the workforce; 10.4% of Gross State Product; and 47 per cent of total apprentices in the workforce (including electricians) Premier's office - 6552 5000 Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600
Improvement grants for aged care services3439Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9220html2/02/2016 12:17:14 AM2016-02-01T22:00:00ZUp to $19 million available to improve residential aged care and dementia care Grants available in Great Southern, Goldfields, Mid-West, South-West and Wheatbelt regionsPart of Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions Aged care organisations are invited to apply for one-off grants aimed at helping older people living in regional towns, remain independent and engaged in their community. The grants, worth $19 million, are part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative and made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Health Minister Kim Hames said the funds would be available to private and not-for-profit organisations, able to enhance facilities and services that help regional people stay living in their communities as they age. "There is a global focus on how best to cater for people as they age and to ensure they remain healthy, active and engaged in the community," Dr Hames said. "This is also supported through age friendly communities and age-appropriate housing where older people can maintain links to social networks and activities, in an environment that is familiar, safe and secure." Proposals which reflect contemporary aged care practices, partnerships and investment beyond the allocated grant will be considered favourably. Information about the grants can be accessed on the Tenders WA website. Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said it was important to provide regional seniors with the opportunity to remain in their communities as they age. "The best residential aged care options are strengthened through collaboration and therefore, I encourage eligible private providers to apply for these grants," Ms Davies said. "Royalties for Regions is transforming the way health and aged care services are delivered in regional WA, to ensure the sustainability of our regional communities." Fact FileThe Federal Government has overarching responsibility for aged care throughout Australia and is introducing a raft of changes to the sector over 10 yearsThe WA Country Health Service supports the concept of ageing in place, which makes it easier for older people to stay socially and physically connected with their communityFor more information, visit http//www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland Health Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Funding to help men build healthier futures3437Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7140html1/02/2016 7:14:18 AM2016-02-01T07:00:00Z$225,000 grants for WA Men's Shed AssociationProgram development at more than 150 sheds across State Support services for men in Western Australia will be bolstered by $225,000 in State Government funding for the WA Men's Shed Association over the next two years. Announcing the funding at the Fremantle Men's Community Shed, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said it would help the organisation continue to improve the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of men across the State. "The WA Men's Shed Association has a proven track record of helping men of all ages connect with each other and the wider community," Mr Simpson said. "Research shows that many men find it hard to discuss their thoughts and emotions. The modern Men's Shed gives them an opportunity to get involved in social activities in a friendly, non-judgemental environment. "This funding will enable the association to continue to develop and establish programs to suit men of all ages and from all walks of life." Health Minister Kim Hames said research had identified significant benefits from the establishment of Men's Sheds. "We are proud to support this initiative because Men's Sheds help men to help themselves," Dr Hames said. "A 2013 study by beyondblue found shed members registered improved scores for vitality and physical and mental health. Just as important, it found the nature of shed activities means they are more likely to be aware of and to talk about their mental and physical health challenges. "This sort of sharing not only lifts quality of life, it can potentially save lives." The Australian Men's Shed Association recognises as a Men's Shed, any community-based, non-profit, non-commercial organisation accessible to all men. The first Western Australian Men's Sheds were developed more than 10 years ago in the South-West region. There are now more than 150 sheds, stretching from Albany in the south to Wyndham in the north. Fact FileThe funds are provided through the departments of Health and Local Government and CommunitiesFor more information, visit http//www.wamsa.org.au Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
School is in for 447,000 students across WA3435Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5970html1/02/2016 1:38:05 AM2016-02-01T01:30:00ZFour new public schools opening their doors for the first time No teacher vacancies across the StateKindiLink, for three-year-old Aboriginal children, starts today Close to half a million children from kindergarten to Year 12 are back in the classroom today for the start of the 2016 school year. Education Minister Peter Collier welcomed students to Rivervale Primary School, including three-year-old Aboriginal children, which is part of the new KindiLink program. "KindiLink is running at 37 schools, and focuses on developing the social, emotional, language and cognitive capabilities of Aboriginal children," Mr Collier said. "Engaging families and their children in learning programs before they start formal schooling contributes to better educational, social and economic outcomes." There is a record number of students in public schools this year - an estimated 297,000. The State Government is also distributing the largest-ever amount of funding to public schools this year - $4.798 billion in 2015-16 and $4.866 billion in 2016-17. The new public schools open for the first time today are Alkimos Primary School ($14 million)Anne Hamersley Primary School in Ellenbrook ($15.8 million)Rivergums Primary School in Baldivis ($18.8 million)Harrisdale Primary School ($15.2 million). "It's going to be sensational year, with early intervention strategies like KindiLink, new engagement centres for at-risk students, and 21 Child and Parent Centres across the State," the Minister said. Fact FileWA schools receive the highest per student funding of any State Across the board, WA teachers are the highest paid of any State The education budget is forecast to increase to $5.3 billion by 2018-19For more information, visit http//www.education.wa.edu.au Minister's office - 6552 6300 KindiLink sites Perth Bentley Primary School, Brookman Primary School, Challis Community Primary School, Dudley Park Primary School, Gwynne Park Primary School, Hilton Primary School, Lockridge Primary School, Medina Primary School, Moorditj Noongar Community College, Rivervale Primary School and Westminster Junior Primary School Kimberley Broome Primary School, Cable Beach Primary School, Derby District High School, Fitzroy Valley District High School, Halls Creek District High School, Kalumburu Remote Community School, Kununurra District High School and La Grange Remote Community SchoolPilbara Roebourne District High School, South Hedland Primary School, South Newman Primary School and Wickham Primary School Mid-West Beachlands Primary School, Carnarvon Community College and Meekatharra District High School Goldfields Boulder Primary School, East Kalgoorlie Primary School, Leonora District High School, Nulsen Primary School and Wiluna Remote Community SchoolWheatbelt Avonvale Primary School, Katanning Primary School, Narrogin Primary School and West Northam Primary School South-West Amaroo Primary School and Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School