Why Western Health

Western Health is one of Victoria’s largest health services, comprising three acute public hospitals: Footscray Hospital, Sunshine Hospital (including the newly opened Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital) and Williamstown Hospital. Our teaching hospitals are affiliated with the University of Melbourne School of Medicine, and the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine.

We provide care to a population of approximately one million people in Melbourne’s west, with over 700,000 instances of patient care annually, for newborn babies and children through to adults and aged care.

Our services range from acute tertiary services in emergency medicine, intensive care, medical and surgical services, subacute care and specialist ambulatory clinics, and maternity and paediatric services. We also operate the Sunbury Day Hospital, drug health services and a wide range of community services.

It’s a time of exciting growth at Western Health, with the $1.5 Billion new Footscray Hospital project underway and the new facility due to open in 2025. The Sunshine Hospital Emergency Department is also expanding and in 2021 will be three times the size of the current department. With the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital we are on track to become the state’s second largest maternity hospital this year.

Our Communities:
  • are growing at an unprecedented rate
  • are in the fastest growth corridor in Australia
  • cover a total catchment area of more than 1500 square kilometres
  • have a population of more than one million people
  • have a diverse social and economic status
  • are among the most culturally diverse in Australia
  • speak more than 189 different languages/dialects
  • provide a significant number of our staff
  • have a strong history of working collaboratively with Western Health to deliver excellence in patient care


Western Health employs over 600 junior doctors including more than 60 interns, 200 HMOs and 370 registrars. Junior medical staff are supported and represented by the Western RMO Society, with representatives to the Medical Education Committee (MEC) and the Junior Medical Staff Advisory Committee (JMAC).

We value innovation and every year Western Health is the proud winner of numerous clinical and research awards including some of those presented at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards. Through our wide-ranging academic collaborations, Western Health holds more than $40 Million in research grants and achieves many prestigious accolades. Western Health is also home to the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences and the Western Health Chronic Disease Alliance.

The Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE) at the Sunshine Hospital campus is a purpose built teaching and research facility including a state-of-the-art simulation centre.

Western Health is committed to Closing The Gap and achieving equality in health status between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous Australians. We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Elders and people of the Kulin nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands on which Western Health sites are located.

We warmly welcome staff from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBQTI applicants.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our Western Health community.

"I was born at Footscray Hospital and grew up in Deer Park, and many years later was a medical student and then intern at Western Health. I’m always inspired by the collegiality and links to the community at Western Health, and its ‘can do’ culture. Our junior doctors are very passionate about this place and they have initiated many valuable innovations across our health service. I look forward to welcoming you to the team at Western Health."

Dr Paul Eleftheriou

Our vision

Together, caring for the West.
Our patients, staff, community and environment.