Putting Patients First


A McGowan Labor Government will develop WA’s first Medihotels to deliver a better experience for recovering patients and to free up hospital beds so more patients can be treated. 

Medihotels will be located near hospitals in Perth and are designed to support patients who have been discharged but who are still recovering, being monitored or receiving outpatient tests. Family members will be able to stay with patients. 

Medihotels will be especially beneficial to regional patients, the elderly and those who live alone.

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Urgent Care Clinics

A McGowan Labor Government will introduce Urgent Care Clinics based at major hospitals and in the community.

Urgent Care Clinics will provide an alternative setting to access medical services, reduce pressure on our hospitals and provide the care you need, when you need it. 

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Future Health Research and Innovation

Much of the health budget is spent on hospitals to heal illness or injury after they occur but a strong focus on research and innovation can find new ways of keeping people healthy and curing serious disease into the future.

A McGowan Labor Government will:

• Establish a Future Health Research and Innovation (HRI) Fund to drive medical research and medical innovation.

Provide a secure source of funding to develop a WA research capability of excellent individuals and teams, high quality infrastructure and world-first clinical studies for patients to improve the future health of all Western Australians.

Develop a cancer research plan that improves cancer research and treatment for the next decade.

Develop an innovation hub at Royal Perth Hospital and provide collaborative accommodation and services to start up and established medical innovation research companies, linked to other state and regional medical technology centres.

Western Australia will become a medical research and health innovation powerhouse with the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund to underpin long term funding to medical research and health innovation in the State.

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Patient Opinion Improving our Public Hospitals

A McGowan Labor Government will introduce a patient feedback mechanism to drive improvements in our public hospital system.

A patient centred health system is accountable to patients and communicates openly and transparently about ways in which the system can be improved. 

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Sustainable Health in WA

A McGowan Labor Government will conduct a new review of health services to put WA Health on a sustainable footing into the future.

The Sustainable Health Review will investigate the measures needed to drive further change and innovation in the health sector.

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Mental Health

There isn’t a person in WA who doesn’t have a family member or friend who has experienced struggles with their mental health.

All the evidence suggests that a lack of access to mental health beds for people with mental health conditions often results in their condition getting worse.

That’s why a McGowan Labor Government will increase the number of acute and sub-acute mental health beds across the State. We’ll also build ‘Step Up, Step Down facilities in Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Bunbury, and invest in education at our schools.

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Health Care in Public Hands

A McGowan Labor Government will stop the privatisation of public health and hospital services and where possible bring services back into the public sector. 

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Making Aged Care More Available

A McGowan Labor Government will fast track the establishment of additional aged care facilities to free up public hospital beds and improve the quality of life for Western Australia’s elderly.

WA Labor’s plan will make it easier for aged care providers to develop new facilities and provide much needed beds for the State’s ageing population.

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Methamphetamine Action Plan

WA Labor's Methamphetamine Action Plan is a statewide, coordinated and targeted strategy that will build on best practice approaches and provide education, training, rehabilitation, coordination and research.

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Prescribing Medicinal Cannabis

WA Labor will allow medicinal cannabis to be prescribed under the strict supervision of medical practitioners for patients suffering painful terminal or chronic conditions.

Medication would only be prescribed by General Practitioners and the use of recreational cannabis would continue to be illegal.

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More playing fields needed for sport and recreation in our suburbs

A McGowan Labor Government will create new sport and recreation spaces across Perth’s suburbs to help promote active and healthy living throughout the community.

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