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The Midwest covers an area of more than 470,000 square kilometres, nearly a fifth of the State. The population is concentrated along the coast with more than 70% living around Geraldton-Greenough. The area has a high Aboriginal population and an increasing proportion of aged people. Whilst the population is growing along the coast, the inland population has been declining slightly.

The Midwest as it is known today was previously made up of three distinctly separate management districts which covered Geraldton, the Midwest (which involved several statuatory separate health services, each with its own governance board) and the Murchison (which was governed as a whole district by a single board).

The Midwest includes the coastal towns of Dongara and Kalbarri, Northampton which are relatively close to Geraldton and a number of inland agricultural towns including Mullewa, Three Springs, Morawa, Perenjori, Enneabba, Mingenew and as far inland as Yalgoo. Geraldton is the only non-metropolitan town (other than Bunbury) that has both a public and private hospital, and provides access to a broad range of secondary and specialist health services in addition to region-based community health, mental health and public health service facilities and programs.

The Murchison is situated inland and is clearly remote.  It has one hospital based in Meekatharra, which also serves as the regional base for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Nursing posts are located at Mt Magnet, Cue and Sandstone.

Together, these areas now make up the Midwest, with Geraldton as its regional centre.

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Contact Information:

Location:  Ground Floor SGIO Building, 45 Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton WA 6530
Postal Address:  PO Box 22, Geraldton WA 6531
Phone:  9956 2209
Fax:  9956 2421
This unit last updated: 30 May 2012, 10:54am

Units reporting to Midwest:

Hospital Services

 ·  Carnarvon Multi Purpose Service
 ·  Coral Bay Nursing Post
 ·  Cue Health Centre
 ·  Dongara Eneabba Mingenew Health Service
 ·  Exmouth Health Service
 ·  Geraldton Hospital
 ·  Kalbarri Health Centre
 ·  Meekatharra Hospital
 ·  Morawa Perenjori Health Service
 ·  Mount Magnet Health Centre
 ·  Mullewa Hospital
 ·  North Midlands Health Service
 ·  Northampton Hospital
 ·  Sandstone Health Centre
 ·  Yalgoo Health Service

Aged Care Services

 ·  Midwest Aged Care Assessment Team
 ·  Murchison Hostel

Community & Public Health Services

 ·  Burringurrah Nursing Post
 ·  Carnarvon Community Health Service
 ·  Exmouth Community Health Service
 ·  Gascoyne Population Health Unit
 ·  Geraldton Community Health Service
 ·  Geraldton Population Health Unit
 ·  Meekatharra Community Health Service
 ·  Morawa Perenjori Community Health Service
 ·  Mount Magnet Community Health Service
 ·  Mullewa Community Health Service
 ·  North Midlands Community Health Service

Mental Health Services

 ·  Carnarvon Mental Health Service
 ·  Central West Mental Health Service
 ·  Meekatharra Mental Health Service
 ·  Midwest Community Drug Service Team