Improved child health care for Western Australia
Western Australia's child health care system received a welcome boost this week, with the announcement of 100 additional nurses across the state.
Health minister Kim Hames said children across Western Australia would benefit from improved access to free, universal early childhood health checks.
The recruitment of 100 extra community child health nurses to improve services comes eight weeks after the government announcement of a $58.5 million investment into the state's childhood health system.
For interstate home purchasers looking at buying a property in Western Australia, the multimillion investment into the state's healthcare services is likely to be an appealing factor.
Mr Hames said the government's commitment to accessible and efficient community-based child health services was integral to the state's healthcare.
He commented: "Many childhood health problems are curable and more manageable when they are identified during early childhood health checks. The availability of additional child health nurses will mean that children across WA can access important screening and assessment services with improved access and speed."
Under the improved services, more babies will undergo a health assessment within two weeks of birth and an increased number of children will be vaccinated against life-threatening diseases.