Wheatbelt health services

Information on health services available in the Wheatbelt region, including hospitals, health centres and nursing posts, population health, mental health and aged care services.

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The Wheatbelt region has a progressive health service that forms part of the WA Country Health Service (WACHS). WACHS Wheatbelt respectfully acknowledges the past and present owners of the land, the Noongar people. It is a privilege to work and live on Noongar country. 

WACHS Wheatbelt health has historically been split into three districts - Eastern, Western and Southern. Major hospitals are located in Northam, Narrogin, Merredin and Moora with 18 smaller hospitals and 15 health centres operating throughout the region. As the population grows north of Perth, there has been a recent focus on planning for services in the coastal Wheatbelt strip. Service sites such as hospitals and multi-purpose centres cater for local health needs and support service provision to surrounding towns.

The Wheatbelt region consists of more health service sites than any other region in the WACHS’ remit, across an area approximately the same size as Victoria. Current health services include emergency care, acute and sub-acute inpatient care, residential and community aged care services, mental health and population health (including Aboriginal health, allied health, community health, health promotion & public health services).

WACHS Wheatbelt health provides quality treatment and care, as well as health promotion and primary health initiatives in a friendly setting for patients, staff and the Wheatbelt community.

* Source: Wheatbelt Development Commission
** Source: Wheatbelt Health Profile, WACHS Planning and Evaluation Unit November 2018

Northam Health Service

Northam Health Service address and contact details (external site)

Northam Health Service is located in the Wheatbelt approximately 98 kms from Perth, and is equipped with 28 acute inpatient beds, 12 sub-acute inpatient beds and 22 same day beds/chairs (day surgery, chemotherapy and renal).

Services provided by Northam Health Service include:

  • 24/7 Emergency Department
  • Acute medical services
  • Surgical services
  • Sub-acute services – inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation
  • Cancer care
  • Palliative care
  • Outpatients & post-acute services, including wound management, chemotherapy and renal dialysis
  • Medical imaging including x-ray, ultrasound, CT and OPG
  • Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) regional service
  • Pathology services, provided by PathWest

A range of specialist services visit the Northam Health Service.  All specialist appointments require a referral form from a general practitioner.  For dates of the visiting specialists please contact Day Surgery Clerk on 08 9690 1375.

Specialist services include:

  • Audiology
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General physician
  • Geriatrician service
  • Gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

In addition, the Avon & Central Wheatbelt Primary Health Service provides a range of population health services in Northam. You can self-refer to the majority of these services or access services via a referral from your GP or other health professional. Services provided include:

  • Aboriginal health services
  • Allied health services including:
    • dietetics
    • occupational therapy
    • physiotherapy
    • podiatry
    • social Work
    • speech pathology
  • Child development services
  • Child health clinics and services 
  • Community midwife services
  • Health promotion services
  • School health services

Please contact the Avon & Central Wheatbelt Primary Health team on 9690 1320 for further information.

Wheatbelt Midwifery Group Practice

Northam Health Service offers the Wheatbelt Midwifery Group Practice. This provides midwifery continuity of care for women in the Central Wheatbelt districts, including birthing for low risk pregnancies and shared antenatal and postnatal care for women with complicated pregnancies.

For more information please contact the Wheatbelt MGP on 9690 1366 or email MidwiferyGroupPractice.WACHS-Wheatbelt@health.wa.gov.au

Narrogin Health Service

Narrogin Health Service address and contact details (external site)

Narrogin Health Service is a well-equipped, modern facility which prides itself on its progressive and innovative management approach and its family friendly oriented working atmosphere.  It is located 198 km southeast of Perth and is equipped with 28 acute inpatient beds, 8 sub-acute inpatient beds and 15 same day beds/chairs (day surgery and chemotherapy).

Clinical services provided by Narrogin Health Service include:

  • 24/7 Emergency Department
  • Acute medical services
  • Surgical services
  • Obstetric services, including caesarian sections
  • Sub-acute services – inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation
  • Cancer care
  • Palliative care
  • Outpatients & post-acute services, including wound management and chemotherapy
  • Medical Imaging including x-ray, ultrasound, CT and OPG
  • Pathology services, provided by PathWest

A range of specialist services visit the Narrogin Health Service.  All specialist appointments require a referral form from a general practitioner.  For dates of the visiting specialists please contact Narrogin Health Service on 08 9881 0333.

Specialist services include:

  • Audiology
  • Cardiology
  • Chest physician
  • Dental
  • Dermatology
  • General physician
  • Geriatrician service
  • Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic
  • Pain management
  • Rheumatology

In addition, the Southern Wheatbelt Primary Health Service provides a range of population health services in Narrogin. You can self-refer to the majority of these services or access services via a referral from your GP or other health professional. Services provided include:

  • Aboriginal health services
  • Allied health services including:
    • dietetics
    • occupational therapy
    • physiotherapy
    • podiatry
    • social work
    • speech pathology
  • Child development services
  • Child health clinics and services 
  • Community midwife services
  • Health promotion services
  • School health services

Please contact the Southern Wheatbelt Primary Health team on 9881 0385 for further information.

Merredin Health Service

Merredin Health Service address and contact details (external site)

Merredin Health Service is located in the heart of the Wheatbelt, 260 km east of Perth and is equipped with 12 acute beds and 20 residential aged care beds.

Services provided by Merredin Health Service:

  • 24/7 Emergency Department
  • Acute medical services
  • Surgical services
  • Outpatients & post-acute services including rehabilitation
  • 10 bed high band residential care including respite
  • 10 bed low band residential care
  • Medical imaging including ultrasounds and OPG
  • Home and community care including Meals on Wheels
  • Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) services
  • Pathology services provided by PathWest
  • Mental health services provided by the Mental Health team

A range of specialist services visit Merredin Health Service. All appointments with specialists require a referral form from a GP. For dates of visiting specialists, please contact Merredin Health Service reception on 9081 3222.

Specialist services include:

  • Aboriginal health cardiology
  • Aboriginal health endocrinology
  • Audiology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Consultant psychiatry
  • Dermatology
  • General surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Paediatric clinical psychology
  • Podiatry

In addition, the Eastern Wheatbelt Primary Health Service provides a range of population health services in Merredin. You can self-refer to the majority of these services or receive a referral from your GP. Services provided include:

  • Child health clinics and services 
  • Child development services
  • Community midwife services
  • School health services
  • Allied health services including:
    • dietetics
    • health promotions
    • occupational therapy
    • physiotherapy
    • podiatry
    • speech pathology
    • social work
  • Aboriginal Health Services

Please contact the Eastern Wheatbelt Primary Health team on 9041 0444 for further information.

Moora Health Service

Moora Health Service address and contact details (external site)

The Moora Health Service is a fully integrated hospital and health service, located 175 km north of Perth and is equipped with 12 acute inpatient beds and 23 residential aged care beds.

Services provided at Moora Health Service:

  • 24/7 Emergency Department
  • General medical
  • Outpatient services
  • Palliative care
  • Respite care
  • Residential care
  • X-ray services
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program  

In addition, the Western Wheatbelt Primary Health Service provides a range of population health services in Moora. You can self-refer to the majority of these services or receive a referral from your GP. Services provided include:

  • Child health clinics and services 
  • Child development services
  • Community midwife services
  • School health services
  • Allied health services including:
    • dietetics
    • health promotions
    • occupational therapy
    • physiotherapy
    • podiatry
    • speech pathology
    • social work
  • Aboriginal health services

Please contact the Western Wheatbelt Primary Health team on 9652 0200 for further information.

Small hospitals

Small hospitals in the Wheatbelt provide the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Departments
  • Acute inpatient care
  • Outpatient services
  • Telehealth Services (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program services
  • Palliative care
  • Aboriginal health services
  • Allied health services including:
    • dietetics
    • occupational therapy
    • physiotherapy
    • social work
    • speech pathology
  • Child development services
  • Child health clinics
  • Community midwife services
  • Health promotion and education
  • School health services
  • Mental health services

Contact details for your local small hospital are listed below:

Health centres and nursing posts

Health centres and nursing posts provide the following services:

  • Nursing outpatient services
  • Allied health services including:
    • dietetics
    • health promotions
    • physiotherapy
    • podiatry
    • occupational therapy
    • speech pathology
    • social work
  • Aboriginal health services
  • Child health clinics
  • Child development services
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program services
  • Community midwife services  
  • School health services
  • Mental health services

Health centres and nursing posts are in the following locations:

Population health services

Wheatbelt Population Health is a strong, diverse and high-performing health service that puts the health of country people first. Our priority action areas are:

  • Maternal and child health & development
  • Chronic disease prevention and self-management
  • Public health and communicable (infectious) disease control
  • Aboriginal health

The Population Health team is made up of four primary health services located in the Avon & Central, Eastern, Western and Southern districts of the Wheatbelt. A regional Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service and a regional Wheatbelt Public Health Unit are located in Northam.

You can contact our Population Health teams as follows:

Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service
Address:
65 Wellington St, Northam
Phone:
9690 2888

Wheatbelt Public Health Unit
Address: Northam Health Service, Robinson Street, Northam
Phone: 9690 1734

Avon & Central Primary Health Service (servicing Northam, Beverley, Cunderdin, Goomalling, Quairading, Wundowie and surrounds)
Address: Northam Health Service, Robinson Street, Northam.
Phone 9690 1320

Western Wheatbelt Primary Health Service (servicing Moora, Chittering, Dalwallinu, Jurien Bay, Lancelin, Wongan Hills, York and surrounds)
Address: Jurien Bay Health Centre, Whitfield Street, Jurien Bay.
Phone: 9652 0200

Eastern Wheatbelt Primary Health Service (servicing Merredin, Bruce Rock, Kellerberrin, Kununoppin, Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Southern Cross, Wyalkatchem and surrounds)
Address: Corner Mitchell and Queen Streets, Merredin.
Phone: 9041 0444

Southern Wheatbelt Primary Health Service (Narrogin, Boddington, Corrigin, Dumbleyung, Kukerin, Lake Grace, Pingelly, Wagin, Wickepin, Williams and surrounds)
Address: Narrogin Health Service, Williams Road, Narrogin.
Phone: 9881 0385

Chittering Health Centre address and contact details (external site)

Wundowie Health Centre address and contact details (external site)

Mental health services

Wheatbelt Mental Health Service provides free, confidential, quality, community mental health care to people of all ages in the Coastal and Wheatbelt communities.

The Wheatbelt Mental Health Service is a team of mental health professionals including a consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, social workers, child and adolescent professionals and community mental health nurses. This service provides comprehensive assessment and treatment for people with mental health problems. The service can provide training and support to other organisations and professionals.

Locally based, multi-disciplinary teams are located in Northam, Gingin, Merredin and Narrogin. Regular visits are made to outlying areas within the region to meet community needs. Outreach is supported by telephone consultation and videoconferencing. Clinical liaison is provided to hospitals within the region.

Clinical programs include:

  • Aboriginal Mental Health Program (all ages)
  • Adult Mental Health Program (18-65 years)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program (0-18 years)
  • Seniors Mental Health Program (65+ years)
  • Youth Mental Health Program (15-24 years)

For information and assistance call the Advice, Consultation, Collaboration and Entry Support Service (ACCESS) on (08) 9621 0999.

All services available Monday – Friday, 08.30 – 16.30 excluding public holidays.

For after-hours service, phone Rural Link on 1800 552 002.

Aged care services

The Wheatbelt Aged Care Unit was established in July 2006 as a result of a recommendation from the Multi-Purpose Service Leading Practice Project Stage 1 Report.

WACHS is the largest provider of aged care services in the Wheatbelt with approximately 200 residential clients and 1500 community and home care clients. Aged Care accounts for 75% of Wheatbelt hospital activity. These aged care services are delivered under 20 Multi-Purpose Service sties and four State health service funding models.

The Wheatbelt Aged Care Unit is committed to championing a shared vision of an environment of care and support for older people.

The role of the Aged Care Unit is to:

  • Assist older people, their families / carers to navigate the health and aged care system
  • Support staff in the WACHS Wheatbelt region to provide best practice care for the aged in home, community and residential settings.

Geriatrician services

A consultant geriatrician is now located in the Wheatbelt providing services across the region.

A geriatrician is a specialist doctor who cares for people over the age of 65. Geriatricians can complete a comprehensive overall health assessment and have expertise in managing:

  • Dementia and other cognitive problems
  • Incontinence
  • Medicines
  • Nutrition
  • Problems with mobility and frailty
  • Other medical issues

To see a geriatrician, a referral from your GP is required, and can be sent to:

 WACHS-WheatbeltACAT@health.wa.gov.au

Psycho-geriatrician

A visiting psycho-geriatrician delivers a service through Seniors Mental Health.

The Aged Care team can be contacted as follows:

Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)
Address: Northam Health Service, Robinson St, Northam
Phone: 9690 1318
Fax: 9690 1601
Email: wheatbeltacat@health.wa.gov.au

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