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Dec 14, 2016

Design of the Karratha Health Campus is almost complete with the construction tender announced by the Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Health today, bringing the landmark health project a step closer.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the Commission was pleased to see the project progressing from plans on paper to reality.

“This is the biggest investment ever undertaken in regional health infrastructure in Western Australia and will transform the delivery of health care in Karratha and surrounding towns,” Mr Hill said.

“The project will see local jobs supported during construction, generating employment opportunities for local contractors and businesses.”

The Health Campus project is a key part of the Pilbara Cities program which aims to build vibrant and liveable communities that people choose to live, raise a family and call home.

“The new Health Campus will offer world-class services and innovative technology, which will also support the attraction of skilled health care workers, aligning with the priorities of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint of healthy communities and a skilled workforce,” Mr Hill said.

“The new Health Campus will create one central hub for health care services and will further activate Karratha’s revitalised city centre.”

The $207.15 million Karratha Health Campus project was made possible by $206.5 million through the State Government’s Pilbara Cities program delivered by the Pilbara Development Commission, and $650,000 through the Pilbara Health Initiative, a partnership between the State Government and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Pilbara Industry Community Council members.

More than $250 million in Royalties for Regions funding has been invested in health services and infrastructure across the region through the Pilbara Cities program since 2009.

“These investments are bringing specialist services closer to home to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities,” Mr Hill said.

Once complete, the Karratha Health Campus will have double the number of emergency department bays, a state-of-the-art CT scanner, a brand new surgical centre, new maternity wing and delivery suites, helipad and expanded outpatients facilities.

The new telehealth services will also link local medical staff and patients to WA's leading emergency and specialist practitioners and support at other hospitals if needed.

The new Karratha Health Campus is expected to be open to patients in late-2018.

Ministerial Media Statement - Milestone for Karratha Health Campus

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