Mining company Rio Tinto has agreed to provide A$20m ($15.4m) to the Western Australian Government to support the construction of a new A$32.8m ($25.25m) Tom Price hospital in Pilbara region.

The funding will help rebuild and replace the current 54-year old Tom Price District Hospital in the region.
The new hospital is expected to include a modern emergency department with a private interview room, an inpatient ward, and consulting rooms for visiting services.

It will comprise new medical imaging equipment and digitally enabled telehealth services, which will help connect local communities with medical specialists through phone or video and provide better care while removing the need to travel long distances.

With planning already underway, the modern hospital will also provide services to local Aboriginal communities of Wakathuni, Youngaleena and Bellary Springs, as well as the large number of tourists visiting nearby Karijini National Park every year.

Additionally, Rio Tinto noted that the current Tom Price hospital will remain completely operational during the construction of the new modern facility.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Ivan Vella said: “With a large presence in the Pilbara, Rio Tinto has a responsibility to work with both State and local governments to help improve the future of the region.

“We are pleased to partner with the State Government to invest in important infrastructure for regional communities. This new hospital will improve health services for local residents, as well as provide opportunities for local businesses to contribute to its construction.

“Rio Tinto has a strong commitment to Tom Price. We will continue to invest in projects that support local communities and regions to continue to develop as vibrant, sustainable communities.”


The new $25.25m Tom Price hospital will include new medical imaging equipment and digitally enabled telehealth services. (Credit: Silas Camargo Silão from Pixabay.)