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WA Government to legislate tobacco reforms

Plans to eliminate the sale of fruit and confectionary flavoured cigarettes Tobacco use was responsible for an estimated 1,673 deaths of Western Australians in 2013 The McGowan Government is committed to laws and policing relating to the sale, supply and marketing of tobacco products and exposure to second-hand smoke. Western Australians are being reminded today […]

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Free vaccine program helps protect teens from meningococcal disease

Free vaccine directed at higher-risk teenagers Available through schools and vaccination clinics Western Australian teenagers aged 15-19 years of age are encouraged to get the free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to help protect them and others against this serious disease. The three-year vaccination program will target teenagers who are most at risk of developing meningococcal disease […]

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McGowan Government progressing with Medihotels

McGowan Government moves on election promise to build WA’s first Medihotel at Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct Preferred proponent(s) expected to be announced in mid-2017 The State Government has shortlisted submissions from the private sector to build Western Australia’s first Medihotel next to Fiona Stanley Hospital. Medihotels are a key component of the McGowan Government’s […]

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Regional workshops to address palliative care

Geraldton and Busselton to benefit from palliative care awareness campaign Focus on patient’s wishes for their future treatment close to end-of-life Geraldton and Busselton will be the beneficiaries of a Western Australian health-funded initiative to increase the awareness of palliative care and other end-of-life issues. Funding of $96,514 has been provided to Palliative Care WA […]

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Flu vaccination rates slump to an alarming low

More than 1,500 Western Australians hospitalised due to flu last year Uptake of influenza vaccine declining, despite risk remaining high Free influenza vaccine available to a number of eligible, at-risk groups New data from the Department of Health has shown the uptake of the flu vaccine has declined, despite the risk of influenza remaining high. […]

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PathWest review will look back 15 years

Terms of reference for Public Sector Commission (PSC) review announced today Recommendations for improvements to governance and management expected The Public Sector Commission’s review into the Forensic Biology Department of PathWest will examine a random sample of results issued between 2002 and 2017 to ensure compliance with protocols and procedures. Health Minister Roger Cook called […]

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Graylands nurse wins 2017 WA Nurse of the Year award

12 outstanding nurses and midwives honoured Winners selected from a field of 33 finalists A nurse dedicated to holistically improving the health of inpatients at Graylands Hospital has been awarded Western Australia’s 2017 Nurse/Midwife of the Year at this year’s WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards. Premier Mark McGowan congratulated Amy Wallace and all of […]

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State Government provides further clarity on Perth Children’s Hospital water

Perth Children’s Hospital water report released at special briefing Lead leaching from brass fittings remains key source of elevated lead levels Chemical treatment to reduce lead levels commences this week A technical report analysing ongoing water quality issues at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has been publically released today (May 3). The Jacobs Report has been […]

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Premier’s Science Fellowship Program launched

Premier’s Science Fellowship Program officially launched The fellowship will attract leading researchers to Western Australia The Premier’s Science Fellowship Program was today launched at the annual Science on the Swan Conference. The fellowship will provide $1.5 million over four years to attract a leading researcher and a supporting early to mid-career researcher to Western Australia, […]

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PathWest DNA error referred to PSC and CCC for investigation

A serious error in the reporting of a DNA profile match by PathWest has come to the attention of the State Government Health Minister Roger Cook has requested the Public Sector Commissioner conduct an immediate inquiry into PathWest’s operations Attorney General John Quigley has referred the matter to the Corruption and Crime Commission The State […]

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