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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 325 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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325. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I ask this question on behalf of Hon Martin Aldridge, who is absent on urgent parliamentary business.

I refer to the recruitment campaign announced by the minister on 17 March 2020, with the first wave focused on clinical staff.

(1) What is the projected number of clinical staff, by profession, that the campaign is seeking?

(2) How is the state government assisting health professionals who are qualified and experienced to fast track their registration?

(3) Has the state government engaged with the Australian government on the need to fast track the registration of health professionals who are qualified to assist in clinical settings?

(4) What is the current projected budget expenditure for WA Health for the 2019–20 financial year?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I note that this question was submitted and the draft answer prepared on Tuesday, 31 March, so the information is accurate as at that date.

(1) There is not a specific number of clinical staff being targeted.

(2) The Department of Health is working with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and relevant boards to address this.

(3) In line with the work that the state government is undertaking with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, work is being progressed by the Australian government to ensure a coordinated national approach to meet the needs of state and territory governments and the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(4) The current approved budget for the Department of Health in 2019–20 is $9.2 billion. To assist with the COVID-19 response, the commonwealth has committed an additional $10.4 million to WA as an advance payment under the COVID-19 national partnership agreement. Ongoing funding contributions will be made to ensure necessary funding is available for the WA health system to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic under the terms of the ''National Partnership Agreement on COVID-19 Response''. The state government has also recently announced an additional funding allocation of $500 million for health and other frontline service delivery and capacity for additional industry support.