|The Kimberley is Western Australia's most northern region, with coastline facing the Indian Ocean to the west and the Timor Sea to the north. The region covers a sixth of the State’s total landmass, bordered by the Great Sandy Desert in the south and the Northern Territory in the east. The vast and versatile geography of the Kimberley is a major attraction for tourists.
The age distribution of the Kimberley population is younger than the State average, with more than 30% under 15. This reflects the demographics of Aboriginal Australia as well as the predominance of young families who come to work in the Kimberley. Nearly a third of the Kimberley population is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and there are hundreds of Aboriginal communities scattered throughout the region, together with almost 100 pastoral stations.
As with most remote regions, there are few private medical practitioners in the Kimberley, with almost all GPs and specialists employed by hospitals, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) or the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
Broome is the regional centre. There are maternity units for planned births in Derby Hospital, Broome Health Service (Regional Centre) and Kununurra District Hospital.
Regional Director: Kerry Winsor
Unit 4, 9 Napier Terrace
Broome WA 6725
Telephone 08 9194 1615
In 2007, Improving Maternity Services: 'Working Together Across Western Australia a Policy framework' was to expand options for maternity care in WA, enabling more choice and greater continuity of care for a woman and her family.
The MANSmap questionnaire identified the models of maternity care operating at each unit. Standardised classification were used when describing maternity models of care as per the National Maternity Care Classification System (MaCCS). For detailed descriptions of each of the models of care see Models of Care and Definitions on SOSU Homepage.