Regional health services

The WA Country Health Service has a strong network of public hospitals, health services and nursing posts located across rural and remote Western Australia. Our core business is the provision of quality, accessible health services to people from large regional centres to those in small remote communities.

Country hospitals and nursing posts

See the National Health Services Directory for more information.

Multi Purpose Services (MPS)

There are 30 Multi Purpose Services (MPS) within the WA Country Health Service (WACHS). The first MPS in Western Australia (WA) commenced in 1993, and raised considerable interest from many rural communities across the country.The MPS model in WA ensures that health services in small towns have maximum flexibility to meet local needs and form part of an integrated network of services across the region.

Advantages of Multi Purpose Services

The MPS model involves the pooling of Commonwealth and State health and aged care funds within regional areas, and the use of these funds flexibly across all health and aged care programs according to community needs. Some of the advantages a MPS can offer to small communities includes:

  • The ability to be innovative in service delivery by removing existing rigid program guidelines e.g.  meals can be provided from one site, hospital nurses can take on community and domiciliary roles, hospital gardeners can also provide home gardening support for the elderly
  • The opportunity for small communities to access Commonwealth funds to meet aged care needs in small communities
  • The opportunity to attract and retain staff by offering them flexible and multi-faceted roles.

List of country health services

Overall the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) manages 70 hospitals (including 30 multi-purpose services), 38 nursing posts, as well as community health and mental health services.

In 2009/10 WACHS delivered around 5,500 babies.  Approximately 18,000 discharges were related to same day surgeries/procedures with around 103,000 hospital cases discharged with an average length of stay of just under 3 days.

WACHS provides a full range of services to adults and children throughout regional Western Australia including:

  • Emergency services
  • High dependency
  • Medical services
  • Surgical services
  • Cancer services
  • Palliative care
  • Obstetric services
  • Paediatric services
  • Rehabilitation and aged care
  • Mental health
  • Ambulatory care
  • Primary health
  • Clinical support
  • Residential aged care
  • Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS)

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