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WA Health

WA Health is Western Australia’s public health system. They provide safe and high-quality health care to nearly 2.3 million Western Australians across a vast State of almost 2.5 million square kilometres.

WA Health's mission is to improve, promote and protect the health of Western Australians, which we aim to do through five key initiatives:

  • planning for the future
  • caring for individuals and the community
  • caring for those who need it most
  • making best use of funds and resources
  • supporting our team

WA Health employ 40,000 staff and provide health services across metropolitan, rural and remote areas which include:

  • public hospitals and community health services
  • health protection through public health services and disaster preparedness management
  • mental health services including in-patient services, crisis management and community treatment and support services
  • dental health services including school dental health and public community dental services
  • Aboriginal health services

WA Health also fosters partnerships within the healthcare community to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people of Western Australia to receive the care they need, when they need it.

Mental health emergency helpline

  • Metro 1300 555 788
  • Peel 1800 676 822
  • Rural/remote after hours 1800 552 002

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Last reviewed: September 2019

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Campylobacter infection

Campylobacter infection (also known as campylobacteriosis) is an infection of the digestive tract (or gut), caused by Campylobacter bacteria.

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Physical activity

Being active is important for all Australians and getting started is easy. Read our helpful hints for different age groups and find the best activity for you.

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Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus (womb) which is where a baby grows during pregnancy.

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MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus)

Staphylococcus aureus (staph or golden staph) is a germ that commonly lives on the skin or in the nose or mouth.

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Expressing and storing breast milk

This page includes information about expressing, storing, cleaning equipment, transporting and preparing expressed breastmilk for your baby.

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Injectable hormonal contraceptive

Depo Provera is a synthetic hormone (progestogen) that is given by injection every 3 months

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Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses

Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) is a rare but potentially fatal disease caused by the MVE virus which is carried by mosquitoes. Kunjin virus is a related virus that is also carried by mosquitoes, but generally causes less severe symptoms.

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Contraception

If you are going to have sex, but do not want to get pregnant, you must use a contraceptive.There are many different types of contraception and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages

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Having a baby

The articles in this section relate to having a baby – what to consider before becoming pregnant, pregnancy and birth, and after your baby is born.

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Common cold

A cold is a viral infection which affects the nose, ears and throat. There are more than 200 different types of viruses that can cause the common cold.

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