About St John of God Health Care
Who is St John of God Health Care?
Established in Western Australia in 1895, St John of God Health Care is a leading not-for-profit health care provider, operating 13hospitals, pathology, home nursing and Social Outreach and Advocacy services in Australia, New Zealand and the wider Asia Pacific. We employ 9,500 staff and are Australia’s third largest private hospital operator and fourth largest pathology provider.
What does it mean to be a not-for-profit health care provider?
As a not-for-profit organisation, St John of God Health Care’s sole purpose is to provide high quality health services and better health outcomes for the communities we serve. Being a not for profit organisation also means we can use our resources to provide even more services and better health outcomes for the communities we serve. This includes:
- Updating and expanding facilities.
- Investing in technology and services that support patient care.
- Developing and acquiring new services.
- Investing in our people.
- Providing Social Outreach and Advocacy services to people experiencing disadvantage to improve health and wellbeing.
How many patients do you treat each year?
Each year, we provide more than two million episodes of patient and client care, including:
- 236,268 hospital admissions
- 1,971, 506 pathology episodes
- 97,000 home nursing visits
- 9,093 babies delivered
- 6,300 clients assisted by our Social Outreach services
What other services do you operate?
In addition to its acute general hospital, pathology and home nursing services, St John of God Health Care also operates the following services:
- Psychiatry and rehabilitation
- Intellectual disability
- Physical disability
- Homeless youth
- Perinatal and infant mental health
- Alcohol and other drugs
- International health
- Aboriginal health
How do you ensure the quality of your services?
All our hospitals and other services undergo rigorous accreditation assessments and surveys by independent external bodies including by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, the National Association of Testing Authorities and Press Ganey.
As an organisation, we perform consistently well which reflects the dedication of our caregivers and the excellent care they provide which is inspired by our core Values of Hospitality, Compassion, Respect, Justice and Excellence. Read more about our Mission, Vision and Values.
Do you have experience in operating the services to be provided at the new hospitals?
Yes, we have experience in all the services to be provided at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals on the Midland Health Campus.
St John of God Health Care currently provides acute medical and surgical care, emergency, critical care, coronary care, cancer care, cardiology, mental health, rehabilitation, paediatrics, maternity and pathology.
About the Midland Hospitals
What are the names of the new hospitals?
Where will the hospitals be situated?
How many beds will the hospitals have?
How many patients will the public hospital treat?
Can the Midland hospitals grow with their community?
Yes – there are two opportunities for expansion.
- The design allows for State Government’s vision for future expansion, adding nearly 100 more beds to become a 464-bed public hospital as detailed in the Master Plan.
- Prior to that major expansion, the WA State Government may seek to increase the capacity of the public hospital to 367 beds without the need for further building work on the site.
- In that event, St John of God Health Care will seek to relocate its private hospital to another site in the immediate vicinity.
What services will be provided at Midland Public Hospital?
St John of God Midland Public Hospital will offer a range of new and expanded services, compared with those currently offered at Swan District Hospital. These will be free of charge to public patients.
New and enhanced services will include:
- New intensive care / high dependency / coronary care
- New cancer care service
- New adult rehabilitation service
- Expanded emergency department
- Expanded stroke and restorative rehabilitation
- Expanded mental health;
- An increase to 24-hour anaesthetic cover
- Enhanced cardiology
Other services will include:
- General surgery including day surgery and surgical specialties
- General medical
- Medical specialties
- Geriatric and aged care
- General paediatrics
- Maternity including antenatal and postnatal care and neonatology
- Ambulatory care (outpatient clinics)
How will Midland compare to other public hospitals in Perth?
How will patients be sure they will receive excellent service at the hospitals?
Midland Private Hospital
What services will be provided at Midland Private Hospital?
Will you have to pay to use the hospitals?
Like all hospitals offering public services in Western Australia, eligible patients will be able to access free public hospital services at St John of God Midland Public Hospital.
Patients with private health cover or who opt to cover the costs themselves may choose to be treated as a private patient at St John of God Midland Private Hospital.
How many car bays will the hospitals have?
Will I have to pay for parking?
Is there access to public transport nearby?
What strategies will you use to promote the use of the hospital car park?
Our strategies include:
- Locating the entrances to both hospitals and, therefore, the majority of patient and visitor parking to the north of the site ie away from local retail areas.
- Including maps and car parking information on our website, patient and visitor information, and staff inductions and other communications.
- Working with the City of Swan to ensure we are part of their overall parking strategy, particularly as Midland continues to grow.
When did construction start?
When will St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals open?
What will happen to the Swan District Hospital?
How many people will be employed at Midland Hospitals?
How do I register my interest in working there?
Will people from different cultures and beliefs work at the hospitals?
What are your recruitment plans?
Will you need to employ more staff than currently work at Swan District Hospital?
Will you offer jobs to Swan District Hospital staff?
What will happen to WA Health staff’s accrued entitlements if they come and work for you?
Why would WA Health staff want to come and work for you?
What employment conditions will you offer?
How do your current staff rate you as an employer?
What community engagement activities will you be undertaking?
Will you include Swan District Hospital staff in your preparations?
Will you have an arts program at the new hospitals?
What other services will you be providing?
Education and Research
What type of education will you be undertaking at the Midland Hospitals?
Will you be involved in research at the Midland Hospitals?
Catholic Hospitals and Health Care
Are there other public hospitals in Australia run by Catholic health care providers?
We understand that a Catholic organisation running a public hospital is new for the Western Australian community. However, Australia has a long and outstanding history of Catholic health care providers serving both the public and private health sectors for more than 190 years.
Catholic public hospitals in Australia have built a reputation for providing high quality care at facilities such as St Vincent’s Melbourne and Sydney, Mater Hospitals and Health Services in Brisbane, Mercy Hospital for Women and Mercy Werribee in Melbourne.
There are 75 Catholic hospitals in Australia (9,500 hospital beds), including 54 private hospitals and 21 public hospitals (3,500 beds), five of which run public emergency departments.
How does your Catholic heritage influence the care you provide?
What services are not being provided because you are a Catholic health care provider and why?
St John of God Midland will be provide, at new levels of excellence for the local community, all of the services that the State government funds it to provide.
In line with our commitment to respecting the unique dignity of human life at every stage, there are a small number of reproductive services that we do not offer at any of the hospitals operated by St John of God Health Care. These include termination of pregnancy, contraception and sterilisation.
Does this mean people will not be able to access these services and be at a disadvantage?
No, it does not. From 2015 the people of Midland can expect to find, right on their doorstep, a quality, range and quantity of health care they have not had before.
Our partners, the North Metropolitan Health Service will ensure patients are not disadvantaged in any way and the State remains committed to providing contraception, termination and sterilisation services to Midland and surrounding communities.
Where will these services be available?
Currently, these services are most often provided in GP practices and specialists’ consulting rooms, day surgery facilities, or specialist centres.
In the Midland area, the State Government proposes to build a completely separate day surgery clinic to provide these services. That clinic will not be part of St John of God Midland Public Hospital, nor will its services be offered by St John of God caregivers.
It will be an independently operated service (provided by the State or a non-Catholic private provider) without any connection or association with St John of God Health Care.
Based on current figures, these services comprise about 250 cases (0.1%) out of the approximate total of 173,000 patients who will be treated in the first full year at Midland Public Hospital.
What happens if a patient requests one of the services that will not be provided?
Our caregivers will fully respect and support patients’ rights to exercise their choice of treatment.
As with any public hospital, whether or not a treatment is provided depends on a number of factors, including whether or not the treatment is available at that facility and whether it is medically indicated. Not every public hospital provides every medical service.
Anyone seeking services other than those available at St John of God Midland Public Hospital will be able to seek those treatments elsewhere if they choose.
What happens in an emergency situation?
What happens in a non-emergency situation?
What happens if someone has a complication arising from one of the services that will not be provided?
What happens in the case of sexual assault?
Public Private Partnership
What is the arrangement between St John of God Health Care and the State Government?
How are the hospitals being funded?
Our approach for the Midland Hospitals
Why did St John of God Health Care decide to run St John of God Midland Public Hospital?
The contract enables us to become a significant provider of public health care in Western Australia and gives us a presence in the eastern suburbs of Perth for decades to come.
It also allows us to fulfil our Mission to identify and meet community need and we were attracted by the opportunity to serve a growing and diverse population with significant Aboriginal and rural health requirements.
Who are your partners for the Midland Hospitals?
We have a number of partners for the design, build and operate phases of the public and private hospitals.
Our design and construction partners are HASSELL and Brookfield Multiplex, our radiology partners are Perth Radiological Clinic and our pharmacy partners are HPS Pharmacies.
We are already working closely with not for profit arts organisation FORM on the hospital’s public arts program which will engage the local community, including Aboriginal artists.
Our background in public health care
Do you provide any other public health services?
Each year we receive $80 million from Commonwealth and State Government to deliver public services at our other hospitals or in the community to help reduce public waiting lists for palliative care, oncology and renal dialysis. We also receive funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs to care for veterans.
In addition, over 6,300 people annually benefit from our community-based Social Outreach and Advocacy services, which reach out to people experiencing disadvantage to improve health and wellbeing. Nearly two thirds of our funding comes from government. Find out more.
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