Bentley Maternity Unit secures funding
19 April 2018

• Future of the Bentley Health Service Maternity Unit secured for at least five years
• Around 800 babies born every year at the community Maternity Unit
• The McGowan Government recognizes the importance of this dedicated local facility

Health Minister Roger Cook formally announced that the Maternity Unit of the Bentley Health
Service (BHS) will remain open and further, guaranteed its operation for at least another 5
years.

The unit played a vital role in the local community, last year more than 800 babies were born
at Bentley Hospital.

The maternity unit comprises 23 beds, in addition to three labour rooms and two assessment
rooms.
Comments by Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Member for Cannington:
“WA Labor cares about these vital services at Bentley Hospital and it is pleasing to know the
future of the Bentley Health Service Maternity Unit will be secured for at least five years.”
“Continuing to provide accessible, reliable health services where people live is essential and
the Bentley Health Service has a long and proud history of providing these services to the
local community.”
Comments by Health Minister Hon Roger Cook:
“The former Liberal National government were forced to backflip on their dreadful decision to
close this important facility, the McGowan government recognises the important role it lays in
the community and are backing it into the future.”

“The maternity unit’s new “shared care” pathway model welcomed its first patient earlier this
year and this funding ensures that services continue to be available for local women.”

Media contact: Bill Johnston MLA 0407 239 485