Improving health in WA

Information for GPs – Southern Inland Health Initiative

Over half a billion dollars is being invested to improve health care in the southern inland area of Western Australia. 

This is the most significant investment into regional health in Western Australia’s history and is leading health reform for rural and remote Western Australian communities.

Developing safe and sustainable Emergency Department networks and ensuring the integration of General Practice with Primary Health Care are 2 key drivers of the Southern Inland Health Initiative.

Doctors will have a unique opportunity to work in private general practice while participating in 24/7 emergency department network rosters – either on the floor or close on-call.

A generous incentive package is on offer to encourage private GPs back into country towns to support hospitals along with:

  • visiting specialists and other health professionals
  • the use of innovative telehealth technology to support staff and hospitals.

The benefits of this new medical model include:

  • a better work-life balance for GPs
  • better professional and collegiate support
  • improved medical resources
  • 24 hour emergency coverage across the region.

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Further information on network towns and the networked medical model are available and you can subscribe to our e-newsletter (external site) for updates.

Do you fit the bill?

We are looking for qualified doctors to participate in:

  • emergency rosters
  • multidisciplinary team healthcare
  • the provision of sound clinical governance
  • primary health care service delivery to network towns and their surrounding communities.

We are looking for general practitioners with skills and experience in:

  • emergency medicine
  • obstetrics
  • anaesthetics
  • general surgery
  • Aboriginal health.

What are the benefits of participating in the initiative?

GPs will participate in a networked model of care, with a focus on primary health and emergency care services delivery.

As part of the network, you will get:

  • the satisfaction of providing health and medical services to rural communities
  • opportunities for professional development and multidisciplinary team training
  • generous incentive packages and attractive conditions across a variety of settings
  • access to a variety of State and Federal incentives that support rural practice.

Which are the network towns?

The Southern Inland Health Initiative will build the capacity of an integrated network of towns to provide long term, appropriate health care to residents and those in surrounding, smaller towns.

The network towns include:

  • Meekatharra
  • Merredin
  • Northam
  • Narrogin
  • Katanning
  • Bridgetown/Manjimup
  • Collie
  • Moora
  • Morawa
  • Dongara
  • Kalbarri
  • Esperance

Of these towns, 6 hospitals will receive significant upgrades including:

  • Northam
  • Narrogin
  • Merredin
  • Katanning
  • Manjimup/Bridgetown
  • Collie.

Esperance and Meekatharra will also join these towns in providing 24/7 emergency coverage.

Primary care services will be strengthened in:

  • Katanning
  • Merredin
  • Narrogin
  • Northam.

More information

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative as a Medical Practitioner, please call (08) 9842 7549.

You can also subscribe to the e-newsletter (external site) to receive regular updates about the initiative.

Your feedback is always welcome. Any comments or questions can be sent to: southerninland@health.wa.gov.au

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WA Country Health Service