Broome Hospital

District General Hospital | Broome, Australia

Hospital description

This is a modestly sized hospital in the most northerly region of Western Australia. Offering a range of services, including Hyparbaric medicine and a medical library, it is located in Broome which has a population of 20,000. This trebles during the holiday season, due to the tropical climate and white sandy beaches which look out onto the Indian Ocean.

Broome Hospital has 36 beds, including six nursing home beds. It caters for medical, surgical, paediatric and maternity care and has a busy emergency service. The hospital is on the same site as The Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS) practice, which incorporates a four-doctor primary care facility and a new 10 station haemodialysis unit, and The Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC), which provides a teaching campus for Aboriginal health workers and medical students and support for Aboriginal health services throughout the Kimberley.

Apart from the local specialists (Broome and Derby), a full range of specialists visit regularly while visiting other towns and communities within the Kimberley. Various orthopaedic surgery teams visit the region for a total of 16 weeks a year. (The Derby general surgeon also has a background in orthopaedic surgery and is keen on teaching). Ophthalmologists, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, a dermatologist and cardiologists visit several times a year to work in the public system.

The hospital works in association with The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia and regularly hosts visiting specialists who work all over the Kimberley region (in addition to local specialists who work between Broome and Derby). These specialists are all keen to teach and specialists based in Derby (two hours drive away) spend several days at the hospital each month. Additionally, students are able to spend time working in Derby hospital whilst on an elective in Broome.

As a rural placement, enquiries about this elective should initially be placed through the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA). The RCSWA will enquire at the hospital, and others in rural WA, regarding the opportunity of a placement. There is a faculty fee for this process that will be determined with the University of Western Australia.


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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