The Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project is a proud supporter of the West Pilbara community and has contributed towards social investment programs in the City of Karratha for over 30 years.
The North West Shelf Project-sponsored Medical Services Equalisation Scheme is one program improving community access to medical General Practitioners (GPs) services in the West Pilbara.
The Medical Services Equalisation Scheme, also known as MSES, was established in response to ongoing shortages of GPs in Karratha and surrounding areas. The shortage had been caused by difficulties recruiting GPs to the City of Karratha, meaning long wait times to see a GP and corresponding congestion in the Karratha hospital emergency department.
The North West Shelf Project supports MSES by providing subsidised accommodation to GPs in the City of Karratha who work at least five after-hours consultations per week, such as before 8am and after 6pm from Monday to Friday, before 8am and after 12pm on Saturday and anytime on Sundays and Public Holidays. MSES GPs are to provide bulk billing to children under 16, pensioners and health care card holders.
The aim of MSES is to provide long-term sustainable primary health services in the City of Karratha by reducing the barriers to medical practice and by reducing inappropriate emergency department presentations.
The North West Shelf Project has been a proud supporter of the Medical Services Equalisation Scheme in the City of Karratha since 2006. The City of Karratha and Rio Tinto are also supporters of the Scheme.