Hos­pi­tal ex­pan­sion

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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