Health - supporting a growing population
The complex and varied health needs of our diverse community are met with sophisticated health providers.
Health Care and Social Assistance is largest employing industry across the Bathurst Region, accounting for nearly 14% of total employment. Employment across the health sector has almost doubled over the past 10 years, with the sector worth $318 million to the Bathurst economy. The strategic location of Bathurst makes the city well positioned to supply health services to the surrounding areas.
The Bathurst Base Hospital is a major health node for the wider Central West Region, providing over 100 beds. Both Charles Sturt University and Western Sydney University offer work placements at the major public hospital.
The area is also served by the Bathurst Private Hospital, where two operating theatres are provided. A wide variety of general practitioners, medical specialists and allied health providers operate throughout the Bathurst Region.
Residential aged care, retirement living, and home care are also a growing focal point for the Bathurst Region health sector, with a number of retirees choosing to enjoy their golden years here in Bathurst. The sub-sector is an important employer, accounting for 55% of total Bathurst Region health employment. Growth in Social Assistance Services in particular has been strong, increasing 50% over the past five years. The sector not only serves the elderly but also those living with a disability.
In addition to the existing Bathurst health facilities, a proposal is currently underway for a new state of the art six storey Bathurst Integrated Medical Centre in the Bathurst CBD. The new development is planned to include a new private hospital, general practice, speciality medical practice, radiology, pathology and allied health services. For more information on the proposal, visit our Major Projects section.