Western Health was formed in July 2000 following the restructure of health care networks across metropolitan Melbourne and operates under the guidance of The Hon Bronwyn Pike, Minister for Health. Western Health offers a comprehensive range of health and related services to Melbourne's west. More than 4,000 people work for Western Health, providing services for a population of 567,640 people covering a catchment area of 1,335 square kilometres. Western Health cares for its community through Sunshine Hospital, The Williamstown Hospital, Western Hospital (Footscray), DASWest Drug & Alcohol Services, and sub acute and residential services that include Hazeldean Nursing Home and Reg Geary House. Western Health provides emergency medicine, general medicine, surgery, aged care and rehabilitation, paediatric (children), obstetric (maternity) and gynaecology (women's reproductive health) services. NorthWestern Mental Health, a clinical division of Melbourne Health, operates in partnership with Western Health to deliver a comprehensive range of specialist, community and hospital-based mental health services. Adult services are provided at Sunshine Hospital, with youth services provided at Western Hospital. The North West Dialysis Service provides a range of services for patients with chronic renal failure through service centres located at Sunshine Hospital and The Williamstown Hospital. The primary catchment of Western Health as defined by the Department of Human Services covers Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Melton local government areas, as well as Hume (Sunbury) and Moonee Valley (West). Wyndham is a secondary catchment area. DASWest service provision covers the Melbourne local government area, the Barwon and Grampian regions in rural Victoria. Wide cultural diversity is a particular feature of the people who live and work in this catchment. Amongst the resident population, approximately 33% living in the Western Health catchment are from non-English speaking backgrounds. The most commonly requested interpreting services are Vietnamese, Greek, Italian, Cantonese, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Arabic and Spanish.
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