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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 473 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 December 2021 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Question Directed to the: Minister representing the Minister for Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 41 Session: 1
Question

(1) I refer to the State Government's commitment to "make every day count" between 13 December and the reopening of State borders on 5 February 2022 and I ask, how many additional negative pressure rooms will the State Government provide to regional hospitals between now and 5 February 2022?
(2) How many additional ICU beds will the State Government provide to regional hospitals between now and 5 February 2022.?
(3) Will the State Government establish any additional permanent mass vaccination clinics in low vaccination uptake regions of the Goldfields, Kimberley and Pilbara between now and 5 February 2022?
(4) Will the Minister please detail any other new regional health measures the State Government will implement to make every day count between now and 5 February 2022.?

Answered on 22 February 2022

1-2 Nil. There are existing Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms in every WACHS region.

3.      The State Government has been making “every day count” by continuing to vaccinate Western Australians at fixed clinics in the larger towns including Broome and Kununurra, South Hedland and Karratha, Kalgoorlie and Esperance and in-reach to smaller towns and remote Aboriginal Communities, along with pop up clinics in towns across country WA. Smaller pop up clinics are arranged at locations more accessible to vulnerable populations (including soup kitchens; breakfast for homeless).

4.     The State Government has been making “every day count” by preparing communities to live with COVID and making arrangements to ensure service continuity. This has included ongoing service continuity preparation related to living with COVID deployment of patient care equipment (e.g. filters and home monitoring) remote community transport and accommodation preparation. Targeted vaccination programs in the regions remain the priority.