Mcgowan government secures hospital funding from canberra

10 May 2018

WA Government: The McGowan Labor Government has secured a $188.9 million funding boost from the Commonwealth Government for vital hospital upgrades in Western Australia.

Hospital upgrades have been a key priority of the McGowan Government, as part of ongoing negotiations between the Federal Government and State Government to improve WA's share of infrastructure funding from Canberra.

As part of the hospital funding package, the Commonwealth will now contribute:

The McGowan Government's election commitment to redevelop Joondalup Health Campus included an additional 90 public hospital beds, 30 new mental health beds, eight new operating theatres and the establishment of a new stroke unit. A Medihotel, expanded emergency department and an Urgent Care Clinic will also be built to free up hospital beds and improve patient flow.

This latest announcement follows the opening of a purpose-built, dedicated Mental Health Observation Area at Joondalup Health Campus, in February this year, to alleviate the pressure on the emergency department.

The funding will be provided by the Commonwealth to the State Government this financial year, and held centrally until planning is completed by the State Government for the projects.

Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:

"The McGowan Government has made it clear that Western Australia deserves its fair share from Canberra; we've outlined our priorities and secured this funding contribution from the Turnbull Government that will benefit WA.

"This funding boost is a recognition that WA hasn't been getting its fair share, and it will go a long way to helping us deliver our election commitment to redevelop Joondalup Health Campus and put patients first in the northern suburbs.

"Planning for these upgrades are underway and we look forward to partnering with Ramsay Health Care to improve services at Joondalup to meet the needs of this growing local community."




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