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  • Caesium capsule next to Australian 10 cent piece as a size comparison

    Be aware of tiny radioactive capsule

    Emergency services are searching for a capsule containing a radioactive substance and are asking the public to be alert and report anything that looks like the missing material. The capsule is small (6mm diameter and 8mm tall), round and silver.

  • Health advice for Kimberley residents during the flood

    Residents in the Kimberley region are being urged to stay safe and protect their health following recent major flooding to the area.

  • The Challenge launch

    International tech giants embrace WA’s challenge to provide ground-breaking healthcare solutions.


  • Be prepared for heatwaves this summer

    Heatwaves are among the deadliest natural events in Australia. Taking care before, during and after a heatwave can be vital to survival.
  • Abortion legislation reform

    The State Government, through the Department of Health, is proposing changes to existing abortion legislation to improve access to safe and timely abortion care in Western Australia.


  • Pregnant woman holding rapid antigen test

    COVID-19 home monitoring program to conclude

    Western Australia’s COVID-19 home monitoring program WA COVID Care at Home will come to an end on 31 December 2022, with the last intake of patients occurring on Wednesday, 30 November 2022.

  • Family of 3 standing on a beach as the sun sets behind them

    COVID-19 State of Emergency ceases in WA - what it means for you

    Western Australia’s COVID-19 State of Emergency will end at 12:01am this Friday, 4 November 2022 and COVID-19 will be managed through sustainable public health measures, vaccination and targeted testing processes.

  • Person using rapid antigen test kit

    Transition of PCR testing continues

    From July this year, PCR testing services at COVID clinics have been gradually scaling down as part of a planned transition.

  • Nitrous Oxide gas canisters (Nangs) in WA

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) is used as a medicine for the purposes of anaesthesia, sedation or pain management. In domestic and commercial catering settings, it is used as a propellant for whipped cream, to infuse flavours into alcoholic drinks, and to create mousses and foams.

  • Woman testing herself with rapid antigen test

    Doctor's referral needed for PCR testing by a private clinic

    A reminder that starting tomorrow, Saturday 1 October 2022, a referral from a GP or other medical practitioner will be needed for PCR testing for COVID-19 by private pathology providers.