|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. While the population is growing along the coast, the inland population has been declining slightly.
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.
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.
Regional Director: Margaret Denton
45 Cathedral Avenue
Geraldton WA 6530
Telephone 08 9956 2210
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.