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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 89 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 February 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on


89. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer the minister to resourcing of medical professional staff at Kalgoorlie Health Campus.

(1) How many gynaecologists currently practise and reside in Kalgoorlie–Boulder?

(2) What is the government doing, if anything, to recruit and encourage more gynaecologists to practise in Kalgoorlie–Boulder so that patients do not need to travel to Perth to access these critical services?

(3) Does the government consider it acceptable for the population of Kalgoorlie–Boulder to have waiting times of three to six months to see a gynaecologist?


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

(1) There are two consultant obstetrician gynaecologists employed at Kalgoorlie Health Campus. One is resident and the second is currently a locum consultant while recruitment is being finalised.

(2) An additional resident specialist has recently been recruited with an anticipated start in March 2020.

(3) I have been advised that this question contravenes standing order 105(1)(b), in that it seeks an opinion. However, no outpatient referrals are currently waiting for an appointment outside of their urgency category.