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Question Without Notice No. 439 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 May 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES — MINING AND PASTORAL REGION

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

I refer to mental health services in the Mining and Pastoral Region.

(1) Has the minister written to the federal government to advocate keeping or extending the temporary telehealth Medicare rebate codes for mental health consultations beyond 30 September; and, if yes, can the minister please table that correspondence?

(2) How many mental health presentations have been made to the following campuses since January 2020 and could they be broken down month by month for —

(a) Karratha Health Campus;

(b) Broome Health Campus; and

(c) Kalgoorlie Health Campus?

(3) Please provide an update on both Kalgoorlie and Karratha step-up, step-down facilities, including —

(a) whether a preferred site for Karratha has been finalised and purchased;

(b) if both of these vital projects will be fast-tracked; and

(c) the month and year both projects are expected to be completed?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) A letter is being drafted to address this issue.

(2) (a)–(c) The information is provided in a tabular form of mental health ED presentations year to date. I seek leave to have the table incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

The following material was incorporated —

Mental Health ED Presentations 2020 Year To Date

Hospital Emergency Department

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May YTD

Grand Total

Broome Hospital

56

61

44

38

23

222

Kalgoorlie Hospital

63

57

50

41

24

235

Karratha Health Campus

42

28

33

32

14

149

Grand Total

161

146

127

111

61

606

 

(3) (a) A preferred site for the Karratha step-up, step-down service has been identified. The Department of Communities is currently negotiating its purchase with the City of Karratha.

(b) The Kalgoorlie step-up, step-down service was able to be fast-tracked, with the original completion date being June 2022. The Karratha service will be progressed as planned once the purchase of this land is completed.

(c) The Kalgoorlie service is anticipated to become operational in March 2021 and the Karratha service is anticipated to become operational in May 2021.