Even though the Gascoyne is a sparsely populated region it is well serviced by both government and private health care providers.
The WA Country Health Service operates a regional and a district hospital, population health and mental health units and two remote nursing posts, as well as holding regular clinics in 12 specialist fields.
Carnarvon Hospital boasts a new maternity unit among many standard and specialist services. The hospital provides emergency, general, maternity, paediatric, palliative and permanent care, to the Carnarvon and broader Gascoyne community. Hospital doctors visit Denham/Useless Loop and the Burringurah Aboriginal Community, flying in twice weekly.
Gascoyne Population Health and Primary Health Care is also based at the Carnarvon Hospital providing a range of allied health services such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, diabetes education, dietician, child health services and alcohol & drugs team plus a visiting podiatrist.
Exmouth Hospital is the central health facility for the Exmouth community and offers a range of inpatient and outpatient services from emergency and intensive care to home and community care.
The Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CMSAC) offers primary and secondary health medical services, tertiary specialist, allied health services and a dental clinic to Indigenous and other persons in the community of Carnarvon and surrounding areas.
The Carnarvon Medical Centre has three rural general practitioners, one of whom has practiced locally for eight years. These doctors perform home visits and participate in the on-call roster at Carnarvon Regional Hospital. CMC also offers allied health services such as optometrist, podiatrist, psychologist and conducts mine medicals.
WA Country Health Services have remote area nursing posts at Coral Bay and the Burringurrah Community. The Silver Chain also operates state of the art nursing post in Denham, Shark Bay where a nurse practitioner is available and doctors visit on a regular basis.
Other services available in the region include;
- Royal Flying Doctor
- St John’s Ambulance
- Central West Mental Health Service and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
- Private Dental service in Carnarvon
- Public Dental service in Exmouth
- Visiting school age dental services
- Child health services in Carnarvon and Exmouth
- Visiting child health services in Denham and Burringurrah.
- Meals on Wheels
- Silver Chain services in Carnarvon and Shark Bay
- Home and Community Care services
- Visiting Indigenous Dental Clinic Program
Some private complimentary medical services are also available (eg Chiropractic, physiotherapy, reflexology, therapeutic massage and naturopathy).