|The Pilbara covers an area of 645,00 square kilometres, incorporating pastoral and mining communities together with coastal communities that have strong fishing and tourism industries. The mining industry of the Pilbara is one of the richest sources of exports in Australia.
In the 2006 Census there were 41,001 persons usually resident in Pilbara (Statistical Division): 54.9% were males and 45.1% were females. Of the total population in Pilbara 13.7% were Indigenous persons, compared with 2.3% Indigenous persons in Australia.
The main population centres of the Pilbara include Port Hedland, Karratha and Newman, with smaller communities located at Onslow, Tom Price and Paraburdoo.
The main hospitals are situated at Karratha and Port Hedland. Smaller hospitals are located at Onslow, Newman, Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Roebourne. There are remote area nursing posts in some of the smaller communities including marble Bar and Nullagine.
Regional Director: Ron Wynn
Hedland Health Campus
South Hedland WA 6722
Telephone 08 9174 1600
Facsimile 08 9174 1036
SOUTH HEDLAND WA 6722
Regional Director of Nursing
Karratha WA 6714
Phone: 08 9143 2440
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.