Twice the size of the United Kingdom, the Pilbara region offers some of WA’s most unique natural landscapes.
The Pilbara region in Western Australia has some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes dating back two billion years and stretching over 400,000 square kilometres. There are over 700 historic Indigenous archaeological sites and 10,000 rock engravings, many dating back some 30,000 years. The Pilbara region is the perfect place to discover the unique artwork, history and culture of the local Indigenous people. The Pilbara region also boasts a large number of natural attractions, such as the Dampier archipelago, the stunning gorges of the Karijini National Park and the Millstream – Chichester National Park.
If you’re looking to see the ‘Australian Outback’, by seeking out hidden water holes, going camping with friends, fishing and watersports, learning about the local culture and language, all you need to do is come live and work in the Pilbara to 'live the dream!'
The town of Karratha has a population of around 12,000 and features all the services essential to modern living, including cinemas, a large metropolitan-style shopping centre, five primary schools, two high schools as well as a TAFE College. People are attracted to the town for work opportunities and the relaxed Pilbara lifestyle.
The district hospital in Karratha is the Karratha Health Campus, a 40 bed hospital which provides a wide range of medical services to the local population and the many tourists who travel in this region during the busy tourist season.
The 24 hour A&E is supported by a Path Centre laboratory and radiology services and the hospital has two operating theatres where minor surgery, closed orthopaedic reductions and caesarean sections can be performed. As well as providing hospital cover, the DMOs also provide regular general practice clinics to the town of Onslow - a 30-minute flight from Karratha and antenatal clinics at Wickham for women of these outlying areas.
Port Hedland is a dynamic town of 15,000 people and features all the services essential to modern living, including two shopping centres, primary and high schools as well as a TAFE College. The lifestyle is relaxed and open. The town’s location on the ocean provides for a variety of aquatic leisure activities, including superb fishing. Whales and nesting flatback turtles can be seen in the season.
The newly built Hedland Campus located in South Hedland is the Regional hospital for the Pilbara. The Hedland Campus is a comprehensive medical facility and provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient facilities, including a surgery with two operating theatres, a 40-bed ward with obstetrics, paediatrics and a high dependency unit, further imaging and emergency department, as well as treatment and consultation facilities for primary and population health.
Dr Kim Isaacs
Regional Medical Educator, Aboriginal Health Training