Busselton Health Campus
The new Busselton Regional Health Campus will be the Western Australian State Government’s first major health facility delivered under a BIM platform.
The project, which is currently under construction, will include 80 beds comprising 64 overnight beds (including 6 high-care observation beds and four palliative beds), 6 renal dialysis places and 14 same-day beds. The project also incorporates:
- An emergency department with 15 bays
- An expanded day ward and day surgery facilities
- 2 modern operating theatres
- 1 procedure room
- 2 birthing suites
- Expanded medical imaging services
- Expanded pathology services
- Expanded dental clinic
- Expanded outpatient consulting facilities
- Expanded conference and meeting room facilities
It will also include a mental health centre, community aged care services and a community health centre, providing community nursing and a range of allied health services such as podiatry, speech pathology, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics and physiotherapy.
The existing hospital and community health centre will remain operational while the new Busselton Health Campus is built. The hospital will be demolished after services are transferred to the new facility.
The movement of settlers from Augusta to Busselton in the 1830s brought about settlement in the area. By 1845, Castle Rock Whaling Station was in operation, just north of the township. The town was proclaimed in 1877, even though it consisted of only a few shacks. The first general store in Dunsborough opened for business in 1925, with the first bakery opening in the 1930s.’
It’s not totally clear how the town got its name, but the common belief is that the name came from an American whaler named Dunn, who settled in the area during the wet season. The area simply became known as “Dunns Burrow”, “Dunnsboro” or “Dunnsborough”. The second “n” was dropped in the 1940s. Modern Day Dunsborough is a bustling beach side holiday town which still manages to retain that feeling of casual holidays.
The Dutch named the southern tip of the coast “Leeuwin’s Land” in 1622, but it was the Frenchman Nicoholas Baudin who sailed up the coast in 1801, around Cape Naturaliste into Geographe Bay. Both names come from his two vessels the Geographe and the Naturaliste.
The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Maritime Museum: sited 13kms from the town, you get to view the breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding area from this historic lighthouse. The region’s fascinating maritime history is faithfully recorded in the museum. A platform and shelter provide a splendid lookout for whale watching during the annual migratory periods, from September to December.
As with many other towns in this area, Dunsborough has a thriving tourist industry. Dunsborough is a very popular holiday destination, and has a wide range of attractions nearby of all types. Like Busselton, traditional industries in Dunsborough have included dairy, cattle, sheep, and crop farming
Information from mysouthwest.com.au & mydunsborough.com.au
Primary schools in the Busselton catchment area include Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Primary School & Dunsborough Primary School in Dunsborough; Busselton Primary, West Busselton, Cornerstone Christian College, Geographe Primary School and Education Support Centre, Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, St. Joseph’s & Vasse Primary in Busselton and Steiner School in Yallingup.
Secondary schooling options include Busselton Senior High School (years 8-12), Mackillop Catholic College (years 7-12), Cornerstone Christian College (years 8-10, with plans to go the year 12 in the near future), Georgiana Molloy Anglican School (years 7-12), and Cape Naturaliste College (years 8-12).
Tertiary level education is offered at the South West Regional TAFE.