Western Health was formed in July 2000 (from a much larger combined health service covering North, West and parts of Central Metropolitan Melbourne) and is the major public provider of acute health services throughout Melbourne's west.
Western Health's catchment extends from Footscray and out to the growth corridors of Caroline Springs and Melton, up to Sunbury and down to Werribee. This catchment is the most rapidly expanding community in Victoria with a predicted 4% population growth each year over the next 10 years. The catchment population of over 750,000 people is the most culturally diverse and the most rapidly ageing community in Victoria.
Employing appropriately 5,000 staff, Western Health has a strong philosophy of working with its local community to deliver excellence in patient care. Western Health has long standing relationships with health providers in Melbourne's west and has strong affiliations with numerous Colleges and academic institutions.
Western Health comes under the portfolio of responsiblities for the Minister for Health and provides a range of health services including emergency, elective, medical, surgical, obstetrics, paediatrics, community-based rehabilitation, acute geriatric medicine and subacute services from three acute hospital campuses - Western Hospital, Sunshine Hospital and The Williamstown Hospital.
Western Health also delivers residential aged care services from Reg Geary House and Hazeldean Nursing Home; and drug and alcohol services from the DASWest facility.
Interested in LeadWest membership?
Any organisation with operations or interests that are based in Melbourne's west may apply for membership. There is a process set down in LeadWest's Constitution for approval of memberships by the Board of Directors.