HEALTH provider St John of God Health Care has secured its future in Midland with the purchase of a development site in the Railway Workshops precinct.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the $10.6 million sale provided 3ha for development of a private hospital.
“The Midland Workshops’ history was a place of employment, innovation and community, and the intention has always been to bring this area back to life,” she said.
“Over the years, we have seen the GP Super Clinic and St John of God Midland Public Hospital open, which will be closely followed by Perth’s only bone and tissue bank, a new cancer treatment centre, the Curtin Midland Campus and eventually a new private hospital.”
Health Minister John Day said the purchase would allow for expansion of hospital services in Midland, in line with increasing demand.
He said the State Government formed a public-private partnership agreement with St John of God Health Care to build and operate the public hospital to meet the community’s future health needs.
“When the need arises, the Government has the option to buy back the existing private beds located at Midland,” he said.
“SJGHC will then start construction of a new private hospital.”
A MIDLAND hospital has made Aboriginal health care history.
St John of God Midland Public Hospital has appointed Christine Clinch as director of Aboriginal health.
Dr Clinch, a Yamatji woman, has worked for the past six years in Aboriginal medical education at UWA.
“This appointment is significant both for the Aboriginal community and the wider health sector, with Dr Clinch appointed to the hospital’s executive board in a first for a metropolitan hospital,” Mr Day said ahead of a State Cabinet meeting in Midland on Monday.
Dr Christine Clinch’s appointment is a historic first for a metropolitan hospital.