|The Goldfields region is located in the south eastern corner of Western Australia and incorporates nine local government areas. It is the largest region in WA and covers almost a third of WA's total land mass. The permanent population of the sprawling Goldfields region is estimated around 59,000, although this is likely to be significantly increased when the results of the most recent census are available. Indeed WA is currently Australia's fastest growing state at 2.4% (released 5 June 2008, ABS data).
There are also a variable and significant number of fly-in /fly-out mining workers in the Goldfields area. Just over half the population lives in Kalgoorlie-Boulder (approx 32,000) and another quarter live in the Shire of Esperance (approx 13,000). Five of the nine local government areas have populations of less than 2000. It is estimated that 8% of the region's population is of Aboriginal descent, compared to 3% for Western Australia as a whole. There are 17 Aboriginal communities within the Goldfields.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the regional centre, best known for its mining industry.
Regional Director: Ms Geraldine Ennis
68 Piccadilly Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Telephone: 08 9080 5710
Facsimile: 08 9080 5724
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.