In 2004, the Reid Report (PDF 2MB) set out a clear direction for the Western Australian public health system for the next decade and beyond. It set out how hospitals and health services should be changed to cater for the State’s growing population and future demand for health services.
Successive State governments have committed to the most ambitious and widespread health reform program ever undertaken in Western Australia.
The changes to the hospital system will make it easier for people to access health care for a wider range of conditions closer to home.
When complete, Fiona Stanley Hospital will offer health care services to communities in the south of Perth and across Western Australia.
What is a tertiary hospital?
A tertiary hospital is a teaching and learning facility that provides specialised acute health care and offers highly specialised services. Tertiary hospitals usually deal with conditions that are rare, complex, unusually severe, or complicated by other disorders. Cutting-edge research is also usually undertaken at tertiary hospitals.
What is a general hospital?
A general hospital typically provides for most of the health needs of its population and includes an emergency department, 24-hour anaesthetic cover, high dependency units, general surgery capacity (including day surgery), obstetrics, general medical and geriatric services, general paediatrics, some rehabilitation and mental health services and a centre for diagnostics, treatment and ambulatory care.
What is a specialist hospital?
Specialist hospitals provide some general hospital services, but mainly focus on areas such as mental health, aged care, rehabilitation services and elective surgery. Specialist hospitals may also undertake high numbers of less complex surgery which may be done on an outpatient or overnight basis. These hospitals do not have emergency departments.
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