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Irene Burlein, Manager - Community Engagement and Marketing
Tel 08 9722 1600 or via email

Media Release Archive


1 May 2013       Federal Health Minister opens new Bunbury Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Australian Government Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, officially opened the new St John of God Bunbury Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Centre today,bringing specialist care for cancer patients closer to their South West home. 

3 April 2013       Health Care Inspection Surveillance Annual Report

St John of God Bunbury hospital is one of 13 private hospitals who voluntarily along with all public hospitals, provide clinical data on a range of services and significant associated infections.

28 February 2013        Specialist health care for South West residents

Specialist cancer and heart treatment are just part of the new $35.9M health services wich nwill be available to residents in the hub of the South West to local residents by March 2013.

30 January 2013        WA's first regional Coronary Care Unit opens in the South West

Residents of the South West regional now have access to specialist cardiac treatment and care closer to home with today's opening in Bunbury of a $10M state-of-the-art Coronary Care (CCU) on the South West Health Campus



29 November 2012        Creating a culture of safety and health

Health and safety is so important at St John of God Bunbury Hospital that a new patient handling system has been introduced to reduce risk of injuries to patients and staff, improve the quality of care and comply with legislation and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards. 

29 October 2012        New community pharmacy services at St John of God Bunbury Hospital

St John of God Bunbury Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Mark Grime has today announced a new service agreement with Southwest Hospital Pharmacy.

Southwest Hospital Pharmacy is a joint venture between local Bunbury pharmacists Travis Bailey and Leah Henderson and Joondalup Hospital Pharmacy.

19 October 2012        Jasmine's body image art recognised

Having been homeless earlier this year, St John of God Horizon House resident Jasmine is excited to have had her work exhibited in the inaugural Love Your Tree exhibition, promoting healthy body image.

Jasmine, 18, spent a month couch surfing before finding long term accommodation in St John of God Horizon House. 

27 September 2012        New home-away-from-home for South West cancer patients

St Residents of the South West region are a step closer to specialist cancer treatment and care closer to home with the opening today of a new $2 million Cancer Accommodation Service and Wellness Centre at Dalyellup, 4km south of the South West Health Campus.

The opening was conducted by the Special Minister of State, the Hon. Gary Gray AO, MP, representing the Hon Tanya Plibersek, Minister for Health.

20 July 2012        Rich history of doctors at St John of God Bunbury Hospital

In recognition of the doctors and Sisters who have helped shape the story of St John of God Health Care in Australia a new book, ‘Decades of Doctors’, has been published that tells the stories of this relationship in health care over 12 decades.

Decades of Doctors tells of the Sisters of St John of God who arrived in Australia in 1895 and the doctors who joined them in their quest to deliver health care in what was then considered an outpost of society with poor health care infrastructure.

28 June 2012        Bunbury service reaches out to fight against eating disorders

St Johnof God Bunbury Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Thomson as the Eating Disorders Liaison Coordinator.

The Eating Disorders Liaison role is part of the St John of God Bunbury Hospital’s Social Outreach commitment in the greater Bunbury region.  

21 June 2012        Regional WA's first PET-CT scanner around the corner

Regional and South West public and private patients will soon be able to access the region’s first PET-CT when it is installed in the St John of God Bunbury Hospital new Comprehensive Cancer Centre by the end of 2012.

The $2million ‘Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner is used to conduct leading edge nuclear medicine tests and will be available to patients when the Comprehensive Cancer Centre opens in early 2013.

29 May 2012        Car dealers dig deep for local hospital

St John of God Bunbury Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Mark Grime, today expressed gratitude for the $35,000 charity golf day donation presented by Mike Fagan of Bunbury Holden on behalf of the ‘Bunbury Car Dealers and Friends’, supporting efforts to bring high levels of health care to the South West region.

Mr Fagan said this year’s golf day proceeds will be donated to the St John of God Foundation, supporting the cancer accommodation service being established by St John of God Bunbury Hospital in Dalyellup.

23 May  2012          Basic item becomes a precious gift

Changing a life can often come from the most basic of items.

Seemingly small items to some, there are times when basic items may be precious gifts to those people doing it tough.

A Bunbury palliative care patient with a life-threatening respiratory condition made worse by the cold, received a gift of a heater this week thanks to the generosity of a Queensland donor.

3 May 2012          New South West cancer accommodation service ahead of schedule

The new South West Cancer Accommodation and Wellness Centre at Bethanie Dalyellup, the first of its kind in the South West, is ahead of its construction schedule.

The Centre, which is being built by Tallwood Constructions and project-managed by the Bethanie Group, is part of the $35.9M redevelopment for the St John of God Bunbury Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Coronary Care Unit, as well as the expansion of the Renal Dialysis Unit which will complement Bunbury Hospital’s Radiotherapy Service, expanded Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit.

12 April 2012          Boost to South West palliative care service

Patients of St John of God Bunbury Hospital will benefit from the addition of almost $6000 in grant funding for specialist palliative care furniture and equipment.

The palliative care service supports people with life-limiting illnesses being cared for in the setting of their choice, including in their own home

28 March 2012  New South West cancer accommodation service one step closer to home

Special Minister of State Gary Gray today inspected progress on the new South West Cancer Accommodation and Wellness Centre at Bethanie Dalyellup.

Accompanied by Mark Grime, the Chief Executive Officer of the St John of God Bunbury Hospital, Mr Gray visited the construction site today.

6 March 2012       Easing the struggle for South West patients with cancer

Patients and families will benefit from specialist cancer treatment at the South West Health Campus and then be able to stay in a homelike environment at the new south west cancer accommodation and wellness centre at Bethanie Dalyellup.

9 Feb 2012          Countdown begins for $35.9M health redevelopment

At $35.9 million, it will be the largest scale redevelopment of the South West Health Campus and boost specialist services to the entire South West region. Unhampered by recent rain and overwhelming heat, work has begun in earnest on turning the St John of God Bunbury Hospital gardens and car parks into what Hospital Chief Executive, Mark Grime has said is ‘Western Australia’s first ever regional coronary care unit (CCU) and comprehensive cancer centre (CCC).

9 Feb 2012         Success for first WA regional cancer trials research unit

The first WA regional cancer trials research unit shows regional patients can participate in studies similar to metropolitan patients. South West residents benefit from Val Lishman Health Research Foundation and St John of God Bunbury Hospital establishing the first International Clinical trials in regional Western Australia.

1 Feb 2012      Five graduate from inaugural class of Clinical Pastoral Care certificate program

Today the Bunbury Catholic Diocese acknowledged and celebrated the inaugural Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in the South West of WA hosted at St John of God Bunbury Hospital Chapel.



30 Nov 2011        Hospital expansion works contract secured by local builder

St John of God Bunbury Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Mark Grime, today announced the appoinment of Bunbury-based construction company, Perkins Builders to manage the next stage of the $35.97M expansion at the South West Health Campus. This is another milestone in the private-public partnership working toward meeting the South West region's health care needs into the future.

11 Nov 2011        Forward works near completion at South West Health Campus

Preliminary construction activities, known as ‘forward works’ underway at the South West Health Campus since August 2011 are on schedule for completion by 15 December 2011. St John of God Bunbury Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Mark Grime, said: "Three months of major preliminary work to realign the internal road and construct underground infrastructure clears the way for the next stage of building works to commence in January 2012".