WA travellers advised to be vaccinated against measles before travelling

Western Australians heading overseas this summer need to make sure measles immunisations are up to date, the State Government has advised, following outbreaks in popular holiday destinations. Travellers are being recommended to check their measles immunity before leaving Australia, following reminders that measles was a common and potentially deadly illness. The government said travellers need…

WA drug harm inquiry recommends health focus instead of criminal penalties

A parliamentary inquiry has called for a stronger health focus instead of criminal penalties to reduce harm from illicit drugs, to increase support for drug addicted Western Australians. The inquiry has recommended a shift from a criminal justice approach, with inquiry the parliamentary select committee stating that users should be able to receive support “rather…

Improved maternity choices for new SOR mums as new Fiona Stanley birthing centre opens

Expectant mothers are set to receive continuity of care and improved maternity choices with a new family birthing centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital. The McGowan Government opened the $1.8 million centre on Thursday, expected to lead the way in “modern birthing practices and design,” while promoting family participation and inclusion. It contains three birthing suites,…

Digital heath strategy to transform WA health for future needs

WA will improve health delivery for the future with a new strategy to improve patient care. The State Government has released the WA Health Digital Strategy 2020-2030, to digitally transform the health system over the next decade. The strategy will include a planned introduction of new digital technologies and new clinical information technology infrastructure in…

Voluntary assisted dying laws pass lower house of Parliament

Voluntary assisted dying laws have passed the State Government’s lower house, moving a step closer to giving terminally ill Western Australian adults the ability to access euthanasia. It passed the lower house without any amendments with members voting in favour of the bill 45 to 11 at 9:36pm on Tuesday night. It will now move…

WA world beaters for cancer survival

More Western Australians are surviving after developing cancer, new research has found. WA cancer patients were faring better than their counterparts in other high-income countries with comparable healthcare systems and high-quality cancer registries, with the state’s rates among the best in the world. The research published in The Lancet Oncology revealed WA was the best…

WA voluntary euthanasia laws a step closer as bill passes lower house

WA’s proposed voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws has passed the first hurdle, bring the legislation a step closer towards being legalised. Parliament’s Lower House overwhelmingly backed the laws on Tuesday night, with 44 votes of support to 12 against. The proposed laws enable terminally ill adults in pain with less than six months to live…

New funding boosts medical team research

WA medical research that impacts the lives of Western Australians is set to be boosted by funding for a group of the state’s high performing health researchers. A team of world-class researchers will share in more than $9 million from the State Government to assist in medical studies. It will include $6.5 million in grants…

More WA hospitals serve healthy food options

More WA hospitals are serving healthier food and drink options, according to an audit of food services at WA health facilities. The audit has revealed a significant improvement in compliance with the Healthy Options WA Food and Nutrition Policy to create positive change in food and drink offerings. 215 food providers were audited across 25…