Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Obstetrician To Start Work At Nickol Bay Hospital
Victor P Taffa
Women living in the Pilbara will have increased access to specialist medical services with the appointment of an obstetrician to Karratha’s Nickol Bay Hospital.
Health Minister Kim Hames today announced Dr. Rainer Perez would start work at the hospital in June after completing orientation programs in Perth, Port Hedland and Karratha.
“Dr. Perez’s appointment will provide a significant enhancement to the services available in the Pilbara as many women will no longer have to travel to the Metropolitan area to obtain the services of an obstetrician.” Dr. Hames said.
“It is important that people in rural areas have improved access to medical services.”
“Dr. Perez undertook an orientation program at King Edward Memorial Hospital before moving to Karratha in May with his family.”
“He received further orientation from the WA Country Health Service in the Pilbara before starting work at Nickol Bay Hospital.” Dr. Hames said.
“Dr. Perez will also be undertaking visits to Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Roebourne and Onslow.”
Following initial obstetrics and gynaecology training at Sulzbach Hospital Germany, Dr. Perez worked in Kenya and New Zealand before coming to Australia.
Dr. Perez and his family are looking forward to the change of lifestyle and new challenges of living and working in the Pilbara.
The Minister said the appointment of an obstetrician to Nickol Bay Hospital was a part of a $10 Million election promise to upgrade services at the hospital.
“We committed $7 Million to improve staff accommodation which will involve both leasing and building new housing.” the Minister said.
“$2 Million was allocated to improve obstetric services and $1 Million to evaluate the immediate and future needs of Nickol Bay Hospital.”
“We also announced a further $150 Million under the Royalties for Regions Investment in the 2010-11 State Budget to rebuild the existing Hospital.”
“The new Hospital will return the benefits of the mining industry to West Australians who are living and working in the State’s North-West.” Dr. Hames said.
North West MLA Vince Catania said the appointment of Dr. Perez was a positive step towards addressing some of the varying concerns that local residents had raised in the Shire of Roebourne.
“The appointment of Dr. Perez is critical in ensuring that women are able to give birth in their home town without the added stress of travelling to Port Hedland and Perth in some instances.” Mr. Catania said.
“I have no doubt that the obstetrician, together with the wonderful midwives at Nickol Bay Hospital will provide a first rate service for women giving birth in the region.”