WA Labor commits $13.3 million to build new Meekatharra Hospital

Posted on March 3, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government commits $13.3 million to begin construction of the new Meekatharra Health Service
  • Funding to support planning work and enable construction to begin at existing Meekatharra Hospital site
  • If the McGowan Government is re-elected, construction will begin during next term
  • The McGowan Government is investing millions upgrading hospitals and health services throughout the North West

WA Labor Candidate for North West Central Cherie Sibosado joined Deputy Premier Roger Cook today to announce a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will build a new hospital in Meekatharra.

Mr Cook and Ms Sibosado visited the existing Meekatharra Hospital today to announce a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will allocate $13.3 million of initial funding to begin construction of the new Meekatharra Health Service.

Initial planning work will inform the development of the integrated health service – with construction to begin during the next term of government.

The brand new facility will consist of acute care, emergency services, residential aged care, community aged care, population health, mental health, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) facilities, and other primary care services.

The existing Meekatharra Hospital was built back in 1954 and is in need of replacement. This commitment will deliver new, high quality local health facilities for Meekatharra and surrounding communities.

In the interim, the McGowan Government has continued to invest in existing health services in Meekatharra.

Work is underway on the new mortuary at the existing hospital, expected to be completed by June 2021. Meekatharra Hospital has recently undergone a refurbishment, with vinyl floors replaced, kitchen renovations underway and further works planned on the roof, gutters, painting and repairs to the driveways and walkways.

The McGowan Government has recently invested $250,000 to upgrade facilities at the RFDS Meekatharra base and a design is now finalised for the upgraded Meekatharra Mental Health Service, with building expected to be completed late this year.

This commitment builds on the McGowan Government’s significant investment in health services in the North West, including:

  • $12.8 million towards the Tom Price Hospital redevelopment in partnership with Rio Tinto; and
  • $18.8 million towards the new 38-bed residential aged and palliative care facility in Carnarvon.

Comments attributed to Deputy Premier Roger Cook:

“If re-elected, the McGowan Labor Government will build a new Meekatharra Health Service to replace the ageing Meekatharra Hospital.

“Mark McGowan and WA Labor are committed to ensuring high-quality healthcare for all Western Australians, regardless of where they live. We have invested over $265 million in regional healthcare infrastructure over the last four years.  

“We will allocate $13.3 million to begin construction of a brand new, high quality local hospital. Planning work will be carried out before construction gets underway during the next term of government.

“When I met with the Shire last year, they asked consideration be given to identifying early funding for the planning for a new local hospital.

“The Shire is to be commended for their passion and advocacy for a new hospital. We both agree the hospital is an ageing facility and needs replacing.

“WA Labor is committed to this project and we look forward to getting work underway to deliver a brand new local hospital for patients, staff and the wider Murchison community.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for North West Central Cherie Sibosado:

“This $13.3 million investment will enable construction to begin for a new Meekatharra Hospital – including vital local services such as acute care, emergency services, residential aged care, mental health and other important areas.

“The staff at Meekatharra Hospital do a terrific job providing the surrounding community with great care – but it is time to build a new local health service for the town and surrounding areas.

“I’m delighted to be part of the WA Labor team which will build this new hospital, making sure people in these more remote parts of the State have access to high quality, local facilities.”