The WA Centre for Rural Health partners with health, community and industry partners across the Midwest and Pilbara to generate programs to promote the wellbeing of all community members and to build the rural health workforce.
The town of Mullewa, just 100km east from Geraldton, offers opportunities for student learning in a truly rural location. WACRH staff and students work with different segments of the community to understand and address community needs. Exercise physiology and physiotherapy students deliver a healthy ageing exercise program, and occupational therapy students technology hub sessions for older community members. Key projects include the ‘Mullewa Empowering Aboriginal Voices: Building The Health and Wellbeing of Mullewa Community’ project and Strong Jija’s self-care and resilience program for young girls. Students may stay in our fully furnished accommodation in town for short and longer-term placements.
The Mount Magnet community, 350km east of Geraldton, welcomes a range of health students to the community. Students stay in our purpose-built accommodation in town and work with key agencies such as the school, health and community services. Students learn much more than just about their profession; they learn to engage and be part of the community, and how to work in a culturally responsive way.
Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation (GSAC)
The WA Centre for Rural Health and the Geraldton Sorting Aboriginal Corporation (GSAC) jointly plan and deliver holiday and after-school programs, homework clubs, breakfast programs, sporting and educational activities in Geraldton, Mullewa and Mt Magnet.
Karratha Health Hub
The WA Centre for Rural Health - Pilbara opened the Karratha Health Hub in partnership with Pilbara Doctors and the Rural Clinical School of WA. Located in the Karrratha City Shopping Centre, the facility offers the community access to medical and allied health services, along with providing health professional students a modern facility to help achieve learning outcomes while on placement with WACRH.
WACRH continues to work in collaboration with local health, government and private agencies to deliver quality health services and outcomes in remote areas.
Stronger Together – Building Health Promotion
The WA Centre for Rural Health Stronger Together program is funded by Healthway and aims to foster a healthy community in Mt Magnet. WACRH employs a community development officer who works closely with the community to plan and run activities and programs that build healthy relationships as well as physical and mental health.
An earlier Stronger Together program in Mullewa was Barndi Nyarlu: Good Women. The program produced a booklet of personal stories of the participants’ healing journeys.
Health Professionals Network
With the common aim of improving health outcomes for rural and remote communities by building a stable long-term health workforce, the WA Centre for Rural Health partners with the Midwest-Gascoyne Health Professionals Network (MGHPN) and the Pilbara Health Professionals Network (PHPN) to provide rural health professionals with the opportunity to engage in education and upskilling opportunities, strengthen their social connections and foster professional relationships.
To keep up to date on learning opportunities, upcoming workshops and automatic invitations to social events, health professionals from the Midwest or Pilbara regions are encouraged to join the network via their websites and Facebook groups.