What Regional Development Investment is doing to help improve health services in regional Western Australia

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Over $1 billion of Royalties for Regions funding has been invested into health service projects across regional Western Australia.

To understand what effect Royalties for Regions investment has had in regional Western Australia, the then Department of Regional Development undertook an evaluation.

The evaluation looked at a total of six cross-regional health programs and 10 single-region projects across five local government authorities. Some of the projects include:

  • Ambulance Services in Country WA ($26.1 million funding from RfR);
  • Regional Men’s Health Program ($2.8m);
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service ($32.9m);
  • Rural Generalist Pathways ($8.5m);
  • Derby Community Mental Health Refurbishment ($1.2m); and
  • North West

Over $1 billion of Royalties for Regions funding has been invested into health service projects across regional Western Australia.

To understand what effect Royalties for Regions investment has had in regional Western Australia, the then Department of Regional Development undertook an evaluation.

The evaluation looked at a total of six cross-regional health programs and 10 single-region projects across five local government authorities. Some of the projects include:

  • Ambulance Services in Country WA ($26.1 million funding from RfR);
  • Regional Men’s Health Program ($2.8m);
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service ($32.9m);
  • Rural Generalist Pathways ($8.5m);
  • Derby Community Mental Health Refurbishment ($1.2m); and
  • North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program in Derby/West Kimberley ($16.4m);

What is the evaluation focus?

The key evaluation question asked was "What difference to the local health service in regional WA has Royalties for Regions (RfR) made?"

The evaluation focused on what impact investment has had in local government authorities rather than on a project or program basis. As a result, the effect of investment looked at:

  • capabilities and skills;
  • improvements in health services;
  • sustainability of health services; and
  • meeting community needs.

What are the findings?

The evaluation found clear evidence that RfR funded health projects are improving health services in regional areas. This is demonstrated by enhancing existing services, appointing new staff, extensively upgrading hospitals and addressing workforce issues.

To find out more on how RfR has improved health in regional WA, click here. Alternatively, read about the Royalties for Regions funded projects below.

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