Gillard Government Delivers $1.8 Billion to Improve Health Services in Regional and Rural Communities

Regional Australians will receive better local health services through a $1.8 billion investment in regional health infrastructure.

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10 May 2011

Regional Australians will receive better local health services through a $1.8 billion investment in regional health infrastructure.

The Gillard Government is delivering better services, increased infrastructure and economic development for Australia through 63 regional Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF) grants worth $1.33 billion over five years.

The Gillard Government has also provisioned $475 million for a second dedicated regional Health and Hospitals Fund round, which will open for applications later this year.

“Patients and families in regional communities across Australia will receive better health services thanks to this $1.8 billion investment by the Gillard Government,” said Nicola Roxon, Minister for Health and Ageing.

“The Government is working to ensure that demography and distance won’t be the determinant of an Australian’s health. This budget demonstrates that communities across the country from Bega to Bunbury, from Mt Isa to Mildura will benefit from the Government’s commitment.

”What this means for people living in regional Australia, is that it will be easier for patients and families to see a doctor or a nurse when they need to, closer to home.

“The expansion of health services will see employment opportunities increase, in the short term through construction jobs, and in the longer term through extra front line staff.

“Improved health infrastructure will also help communities attract and retain health professionals - a vital part of every rural and regional economy.

“This Government has a proven track record when it comes to addressing regional health inequalities. In the last Budget we increased targeted rural health expenditure at a rate of 65 per cent more than the last year when Tony Abbott controlled the health budget.

We also dedicated more than one-third of all our primary care infrastructure grants to regional Australia and, this year, we will establish Australia’s first regional health agency.

“Over the past three years we have made it clear that regional Australia is a priority and we will invest in its future through better health services and infrastructure.

This year we will deliver even more than ever before for regional Australia, but most importantly it will lay the foundations for better healthcare for decades to come.

“The budget also confirmed an additional seven new Medicare licences for MRI machines in regional Australia, said Ms Roxon.”

The Health and Hospitals Fund regional priority round

Project
Location
HHF Funding $m
Australian Capital Territory
Improving critical care outreach and training in the ACT and South East NSW
Canberra
2.3
New South Wales
Bega Valley Health Service Development
Bega
160.1
Port Macquarie Base Hospital Expansion
Port Macquarie
96.0
Tamworth Redevelopment Stage 2
Tamworth
120.0
Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Redevelopment
Wagga Wagga
55.1
Dubbo Base Hospital Redevelopment
Dubbo
7.1
Maintain and Expand Cancer Centre services for the Wingecarribee Shire
Bowral
0.5
Dalmeny Dental
Dalmeny
0.2
Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Multidisciplinary Health Care Centre & accommodation
Walgett
3.0
Drug & Alcohol Services — Detoxification & Rehabilitation Facility
Wagga Wagga
3.4
Our House — Lismore Patient & Carer Accommodation
Lismore
1.0
Northern Territory
Redevelopment of the Emergency Department, Tennant Creek Hospital
Tennant Creek
3.7
Redevelopment of the Emergency Department, Gove District Hospital
Gove Peninsula
13.0
The Palmerston Hospital
Palmerston
70.0
Improving Aboriginal Access to Primary Health Care in Remote NT
Remote NT
50.3
Short Term Patient Accommodation, Katherine Hospital
Katherine
7.7
Short Term Patient Accommodation, Gove District Hospital
Gove Peninsula
5.8
Laynhapuy Homelands Clinic & Multipurpose Rooms
Laynhapuy Homelands
0.6
Queensland
Townsville Base Hospital — Planned Procedure Centre
Townsville
12.1
Cairns Base Hospital — Planned Procedure Centre
Cairns
12.1
Regional Mental Health Community Care Units
Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Toowoomba
40.4
Regional Acute/Subacute/Extended Inpatient Mental Health Services
Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Toowoomba
33.1
Bloomhill Cancer Help Community Therapy House
Buderim
0.5
Mater Misericordiae Hospital Mackay — Operating Theatre Expansion
Mackay
3.0
Operating Theatre Equipment Upgrade Rockhampton
Rockhampton
3.0
St Stephen’s Regional Hospital (Construction)
Hervey Bay
25.9
St Stephen’s Hospital Regional e-Health Initiative
Urraween
21.2
Mental Illness Fellowship of Far North Queensland Mental Health Hub
Townsville
1.7
Royal Flying Doctor Service Charleville Base Redevelopment
Charleville
2.2
Royal Flying Doctor Service Mt Isa Base Redevelopment
Mt Isa
2.7
Patient & Family Accommodation Project
Rockhampton, Bundaberg
3.6
Cairns Health and Wellness Stay Centre Development
Cairns
1.9
Retention of GPs in the McKinlay and Julia Creek area
Julia Creek
0.5

Investing in 63 projects across Australia

Project
Location
HHF Funding $m
South Australia
Wallaroo Community Dental Clinic
Wallaroo
3.3
Mount Gambier Health Service Redevelopment
Mount Gambier
26.7
Port Lincoln Health Service Redevelopment
Port Lincoln
39.2
Mount Gambier Ambulance Station
Mount Gambier
3.5
Riverland Oral Health Centre
Berri
6.0
Primary Health Care Enhancement on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
Mimili, Pipalyatjara, Pukatja, Amata
2.3
Kincraig Medical Clinic Development
Naracoorte
1.4
Tasmania
Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment
Hobart
240.0
Medical Centre at Cygnet
Cygnet
1.2
Sheffield Multi-purpose Health Precinct
Sheffield
1.8
Victoria
Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre*
Albury
65.0
Integrated Regional Cancer Service
Geelong, Hamilton, Portland, Warrnambool
26.1
Ballarat Dental Clinic
Ballarat
8.3
Expansion of Kilmore and District Hospital
Kilmore
10.0
Expansion of Echuca Regional Health
Echuca
12.1
Expansion of Kerang District Health
Kerang
18.4
Dialysis Unit Upgrade
Ararat
1.1
Colac Youth Health Hub
Colac
1.2
Ambulatory Care Centre
Kyneton
6.8
Integrated Primary Health Care
Timboon
1.0
Expansion of Mildura Base Hospital
Mildura
9.4
Strengthening Aboriginal Services to Close the Health Gap
Bairnsdale
5.1
Central Primary Care Facility
Ballarat
11.6
Development of Wallan Integrated Primary Health Care Centre
Wallan
2.6
Expanded Integrated Primary Health Care Facility
Shepparton
3.8
Western Australia
Busselton General Dental Clinic
Busselton
2.6
Bringing Renal Dialysis & Support Services Closer to Home
Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields, Fitzroy Crossing, Roebourne, Kalgoorlie, Laverton
45.8
Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal Primary Health Care & Training for Rural WA
Geraldton
3.8
Renal Dialysis Unit Expansion
Bunbury
2.6
Multi-Purpose Health Centre
Eucla
2.6

* The funding for Victoria includes $65 million for the Albury-Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, which will provide services to patients in both Victoria and New South Wales.