WA Police no longer responding to urgent calls that St John Ambulance could not reach in time

An arrangement that saw WA Police responding to triple-0 ambulance calls paramedics could not reach in time has come to an end, but the agency can not say how many times its officers were called to assist. key points: WA Police’s arrangement to help out St John Ambulance is over It will not reveal how … Read more

Protected Entertainment Precincts to be in place within weeks in five areas including Northbridge

Controversial new laws banning violent offenders from entertainment precincts are set to be in place by the end of the year, but the WA government says associated police guidelines will not be made public. key points: The laws will enforce automatic bans of up to five years for violent offenders Police will also be able … Read more

WA Police Union describes McGowan government’s latest pay offer as ‘woefully short’

WA’s police union has described the second pay and conditions offer put forward by the government as “woefully short” and “disrespectful” but has ruled out further industrial action for the time being. key points: Police officers are unhappy with the government’s latest pay offer They want a five per cent pay increase, instead of three … Read more

Western Australian nurses and midwives strike after rejecting pay and conditions offer

Thousands of surgeries, including procedures for cancer patients, have been canceled as nurses and midwives across Western Australia strike over an ill-fated pay offer. key points: Nurses have walked off the job over a pay dispute Some elective surgeries have been posted WA’s Health Minister has accused the nurse’s union of ‘jeopardizing patient safety’ The … Read more

WA government commits more than $20 million to help rough sleepers like Joe change their lives

Joe Rutter spent most of 2016 sleeping rough. key points: Joe’s life imploded in 2016 when he ended up sleeping in a park But with a home of his own he’s been able to rebuild Research shows placing rough sleepers in homes with support is successful For three of those months, he slept hidden between … Read more

WA government and builder John Holland reach confidential settlement over $300m Perth Children’s Hospital lawsuit

The WA government and construction giant John Holland have agreed to a settlement, of an unknown amount, in their long-running dispute over the Perth Children’s Hospital. key points: John Holland launched a $300m lawsuit against the WA government in 2019 The Perth Children’s Hospital build was plagued by problems The two parties have now reached … Read more

Banksia Hill juvenile detention meeting a ‘good start’ to addressing youth detention

A meeting to address concerns with WA’s youth justice system has been described as a “good start” by some of those involved. key points: A much-publicised meeting to address a crisis in youth justice in WA has been held Attendees told the ABC they felt it was a good start and were listened to The … Read more

WA nurse strike could be stopped by heeding five per cent pay demand, says union

The Australian Nursing Federation says it will only call off its planned state-wide strike on Friday if the WA government meets its demand of a five per cent pay rise. key points: WA’s nurses union is pushing ahead with its planned pay strike on Friday Some elective surgeries on Thursday and Friday have been posted … Read more

WA nurses planning statewide strike after wage negotiations with government break down

WA nurses are planning a state-wide strike on Friday after rejecting the government’s latest pay and conditions offer, and are now demanding a five per cent pay rise. key points: ANF ​​members emphatically rejected the government’s pay offer A statewide strike is planned for Friday Nurses want Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson to speak to them … Read more

WA auditor-general’s report highlights troubling number of stranded long-stay hospital patients

An auditor general’s report into the management of long-stay patients in WA hospitals has found the state has a huge problem with patients “stranded” in hospital despite being fit for discharge. key points: A lack of real-time notification on patient status is a major hurdle Thousands more people could be treated with a better system … Read more