Health

WA Labor’s new fully funded Women and Babies Hospital on track

Posted on February 25, 2021
  • Premier unveils artist impressions of the new Women and Babies Hospital – fully funded and secured
  • WA Labor to declare the new Women and Babies hospital a strategic project under the WA Jobs Act
  • Only a re-elected McGowan Government can be trusted to deliver an achievable and affordable plan
  • Fully funded $1.8 billion Women and Babies Hospital at QEIIMC secured through budget surplus
  • New hospital works are anticipated to commence in 2023 and will create more than 1,400 jobs
  • $2.7 million to establish a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) women’s community health service for the south eastern corridor

Progress on the new state-of-the art Women and Babies Hospital is full steam ahead with new designs being unveiled and the development being decreed a strategic project under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government.  

The artist impressions illustrate the impressive scale and built form which will span a 105,000sqm footprint and include new obstetric and birthing suites and a full array of specialist services.

The new multi-storey hospital is expected to be built at the preferred site adjacent to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, north of G block at the QEII Medical Precinct.

Fully funded and secured through the State budget surplus, the $1.8 billion hospital will provide the best possible care to newborns and women from across the State.

A new Women and Babies Hospital will be built to replace King Edward Memorial Hospital which has been operating from its Subiaco site since 1916 and is Western Australia’s only referral centre statewide for complex pregnancies.

A re-elected McGowan Government will declare the new Women and Babies hospital a strategic project under the WA Jobs Act.

The Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 puts greater responsibility on State Government agencies to provide local businesses with full, fair and reasonable opportunities to access and win State Government contracts.

The elevation will ensure the project has more potential to generate a significant amount of economic activity and jobs within Western Australia.

The McGowan Labor Government has a track record of delivering outcomes based on plans that are achievable, affordable, deliverable and reasonable.

As part of our commitment to women’s health, if re-elected the McGowan Labor Government will establish a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) women’s community health service for the south eastern corridor, providing culturally sensitive services ranging from health promotion, nursing, counselling and midwifery.

The $2.7 million commitment, over four years, means a dedicated program is established to provide information at both the crisis point and early intervention point, offering a less direct – or ‘soft’ – entry point for those experiencing mental illness, family, domestic and sexual violence or who have experienced sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse.

The second of its kind in WA, the program is expected to commence in early 2022 with a contracted service provider to operate the program.  

Women’s community health services give women an alternative to health services in a community based setting, especially for sensitive health matters they may feel uncomfortable discussing with a male doctor or their normal family general practitioner.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“King Eddies has had a long legacy providing so many WA families with the best quality health care in its hundred years.

“We’ve committed to building a new world-class hospital which will continue to serve the State beyond King Eddies’ time.

“A new Women and Babies Hospital is possible because we took a concerted effort to arrest the State’s finances and it’s because of my Government’s strong financial management we were able to fully fund this new hospital with $1.8 billion which has been set aside in a dedicated budget account.

“Declaring it a strategic project under our WA Jobs Act 2017 will ensure it generates a significant amount of economic activity and jobs within Western Australia.

“I’m also pleased to announce that if re-elected we will provide a new Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) women’s community health service to the Perth south eastern corridor.

“We know how important it is to have dedicated programs that connect women with health and support services that are culturally appropriate, ranging from sensitive services to health promotion, nursing, counselling and midwifery.”

More information about the new Women and Babies Hospital:

  • The development of the new hospital was first recommended as part of the Gallop Labor Government’s Reid Review and then again as part of the McGowan Government’s Sustainable Health Review, a key election commitment.
  • The McGowan Labor Government used its strong Budget surplus position to invest $1.8 billion to build a new world-class Women and Babies Hospital for Western Australians.
  • Project is fully funded, detailed in the 2020-21 Mid-year Review, with all required funding allocated to a special hospital construction account.
  • Previously, the McGowan Labor Government had already commenced preliminary planning with a $3.3 million investment in the 2019-20 State Budget.
  • Scope of works and designs will be determined following the development of a detailed business case and project definition plan.
  • Works are estimated to begin in 2023, creating more than 1,400 local jobs.