New and Improved Health Facilities for Regional Australians

Australian patients will benefit from a $475 million investment in new and upgraded health facilities in regional Australia.

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8 May 2012

Australian patients will benefit from a $475 million investment in new and upgraded health facilities in regional Australia, which delivers fully on the Government’s $1.8 billion commitment to a regional priority round for the Health and Hospitals Fund.

As part of the 2012-13 Budget, the Gillard Government is funding 76 projects to give greater access to health services for patients living in rural, regional and remote communities.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said the $475 million was being directed through the Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF) and builds on the $1.3 billion allocated to 63 regional health projects in last year’s Budget. This brings total HHF investments in improving health facilities to $5 billion.

“The Gillard Government is providing extra health care services and new and upgraded facilities to Australian patients,” Ms Plibersek said.

“We want Australians to have the health care they need, when and where they need it.

“As well as giving patients greater access to hospital services in the bush, this investment in infrastructure will help to create jobs and strengthen local economies.”

Ms Plibersek said the approval of projects was based on independent assessment of tangible benefits to patients living outside major cities.

“Patients will benefit from the redevelopment and continuation of hospitals and multi purpose services in regional centres, including in Broken Hill, Bundaberg, Griffith, Hillston, Kempsey, Lismore, Peak Hill and Warracknabeal.

“New and upgraded facilities to support additional dental services will benefit patients in areas such as Cranbrook, Murray Bridge, Narrogin, the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, and Yamba.”

Funding through the HHF is delivered in partnership with a wide range of organisations that are experienced in delivering services in the bush.

As a leading health provider in remote Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service will receive additional funding for an aircraft hanger and patient transfer facility, mobile oral health facilities and staff accommodation.

Ms Plibersek said the Government will also be increasing the numbers of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who can be trained in areas including Broken Hill, Ulverstone and Katherine.

“This will give training health professionals an opportunity to experience the benefits of living and building a career in the rural health sector.

“To attract, train and retain permanent health professionals in the bush, accommodation for students and health professionals including locums, will also be built and improved in locations such as Ballarat, South Gippsland, Halls Creek, Mt Isa, Thursday Island, Charleville and Bairnsdale.”

Spending under the HHF is allocated to areas of greatest need and is designed to prepare communities for increased demand in health services as a result of the ageing population and to address the rising burden of chronic disease. All applications for funding are assessed by the independent HHF Advisory Board.

For all media inquiries, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

Attachment A – Health and Hospitals Fund – Regional Priority Round

New South Wales
Applicant Organisation
Project
Applicant (GOVT/ NGO)
Location
HHF Funding ($m)
NSW Ministry of HealthLismore Base Hospital Redevelopment
GOVT
Lismore
60.250
NSW Ministry of HealthKempsey District Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1
GOVT
Kempsey
40.000
Southern General Practice NetworkSouth East NSW Health Collaborative Development
NGO
Moruya, Bega and Cooma
31.468
Griffith City CouncilGriffith Community Private Hospital Development
NGO
Griffith
11.388
Charles Sturt UniversityInterprofessional Health and Wellness Precinct Development Stage 3
NGO
Bathurst
6.000
NSW Ministry of HealthHillston Multipurpose Service Redevelopment
GOVT
Hillston
6.000
NSW Ministry of HealthPeak Hill Multipurpose Service Redevelopment
GOVT
Peak Hill
6.000
University of SydneyHealth Care Service Development
NGO
Broken Hill
4.709
NSW Ministry of HealthCommunity Health Centre Development
GOVT
Yamba
4.300
Orange Aboriginal Health Service IncOrange Aboriginal Health Service Redevelopment
NGO
Orange
3.983
St. Vincents Private HospitalSt Vincents Private Hospital Surgical Service Expansion
NGO
Lismore
2.532
Community Healthcare Trustees Pty LtdKurri Kurri Community Health Care Centre Expansion
NGO
Kurri Kurri
1.990
Port Macquarie Private Hospital Port Macquarie Private Hospital Rehabilitation Service Expansion
NGO
Port Macquarie
1.500
Dudley Private HospitalDudley Private Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool Development
NGO
Orange
1.445
Hunter New England Area Health ServiceTamworth Rural Referral Hospital Nuclear Medicine Department Upgrade
GOVT
Tamworth
1.100
Mudgee PsychologyMudgee Allied and Mental Health Centre Expansion
NGO
Mudgee
0.642
Victoria
Applicant Organisation
Project
Applicant (GOVT/ NGO)
Location
HHF Funding ($m)
Sunraysia Community Health Services LtdCommunity Health Services Redevelopment
NGO
Mildura
15.261
Rural Northwest HealthWarracknabeal Campus Redevelopment Stage 2
GOVT
Warracknabeal
8.800
Florey Neuroscience InstitutesVicStroke (Telemedicine Stroke Care for Regional Victorian Hospitals)
NGO
Melbourne
7.298
Latrobe Community Health ServiceMoe Interprofessional Community Health Centre Redevelopment
NGO
Moe
5.947
Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operativeBendigo Aboriginal Health Services Development
NGO
Bendigo
5.700
Gisborne & District Community Health & Hospital Board Inc. trading as
Macedon Ranges Health
Integrated Primary Health Care Expansion
GOVT
Gisborne
4.950
Ovens and King Community Health ServicesIntegrated Primary Care Centre Redevelopment
NGO
Wangaratta
4.420
Numurkah District Health ServiceMulti-disciplinary Community Health Centre Development
GOVT
Numurkah
4.032
Gateway Community HealthHealth Clinic Redevelopment
NGO
Wodonga
3.921
Gippsland Southern Health ServiceLeongatha Integrated Primary Care Centre Development
GOVT
Leongatha
3.664
Kyabram and District Health ServiceHealth and Wellbeing Centre Expansion
GOVT
Kyabram
3.480
Ballan District Health and Care ServicesBallan Primary Care Centre Expansion
NGO
Ballan
3.333
Bellarine Community Health LtdQueenscliff Community Health Centre Redevelopment
NGO
Point Lonsdale
3.004
Colac Otway ShireBluewater Fitness Centre Hydrotherapy Pool Development
NGO
Colac
2.800
La Trobe UniversityStudent Placement Accommodation
NGO
Ballarat
2.600
Heathcote HealthHeathcote GP Primary Care Clinic Expansion
GOVT
Heathcote
2.403
Bairnsdale Regional Health ServiceJacaranda House Redevelopment
GOVT
Bairnsdale
2.000
Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare IncHealth Care Service Expansion
NGO
Ballarat
1.663
Mansfield District HospitalCo-location of Primary Health Care Services
GOVT
Mansfield
1.356
Mitchell Community Health Service LtdPurchase of Land for Wallan Integrated Primary Health Care Centre
NGO
Wallan
1.000
Mitchell Community Health Service Ltd.Development of e-Health Capacity at the new Kinglake Ranges Health Centre
NGO
Kinglake Ranges
0.205
Queensland
Applicant Organisation
Project
Applicant (GOVT/ NGO)
Location
HHF Funding ($m)
Queensland Health E-Health to Support Integrated Care in Regional Queensland
GOVT
Weipa, Cooktown, Bamaga, Thursday Island, Atherton, Mareeba and
Mossman
34.950
Queensland HealthStaff Accommodation for the Chronic Disease Centre's Health Care Professionals
GOVT
Thursday Island
12.745
Apunipima Cape York Health Council (ACYHC)Development of Primary Health Care Services
NGO
Hopevale, Kowanyama, Aurukun, Coen and Pormpuraaw
11.727
Queensland HealthRemote Staff Accommodation for Health Care Professionals
GOVT
Mount Isa
10.900
Mater Health Services North QueenslandExpansion of Operating Theatre Services at Townsville Mater Private Hospital
NGO
Townsville
10.078
MRMC Building Consortium Pty LtdDevelopment of a Primary Health Care Centre and Training Facility
NGO
Toowoomba
7.000
Oceania Oncology Sunshine Coast Pty LtdIntegrated Cancer Care Centre Expansion
NGO
Bundaberg
5.635
Friendly Society Private Hospital (Bundaberg Friendly Society Medical Institute Ltd)Friendly Society Private Hospital Cardiac Care Services Expansion
NGO
Bundaberg
5.351
Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community HealthCommunity Health Centre Redevelopment
NGO
Dunwich
3.175
Hillcrest Rockhampton Private HospitalHillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital Mental Health Unit Expansion
NGO
Rockhampton
2.100
Stelede Pty LtdExpansion of Allied, Mental, Dental and Tele-health Services
NGO
Cranbrook
2.000
Mackay Health Service District, Queensland HealthProserpine Hospital Acute and Primary Care Clinic Expansion
GOVT
Proserpine
1.492
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section)Remote Staff Accommodation for Health Care Professionals
NGO
Charleville
1.400
Queensland HealthBowen Hospital Expansion
GOVT
Bowen
1.228
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section)Roma Aircraft Hangar and Patient Transfer Facility Development
NGO
Roma
1.209
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section)Establishment of an Oral Health Clinic Mobile Van
NGO
Charleville
1.128
Queensland HealthCharters Towers Primary Health Care Clinic Redevelopment
GOVT
Charters Towers
0.400
Western Australia
Applicant Organisation
Project
Applicant (GOVT/ NGO)
Location
HHF Funding ($m)
Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS)Primary Health Care Hub and Staff Accommodation Development
NGO
Newman
12.098
WA Department of HealthRedevelopment of Pathology Laboratories
GOVT
Bunbury, Narrogin and Collie
6.980
Yura Yungi Medical ServiceAboriginal Medical Centre Redevelopment
NGO
Halls Creek
4.807
Ngaanyatjarra Health Service (Aboriginal Corporation ICN 557)Remote Primary Health Care Clinic, Medical Training and Staff Accommodation Development
NGO
Warburton, Warakurna and Wanarn
3.571
Dental Health ServicesNarrogin General Dental Clinic Development
GOVT
Narrogin
2.800
Yura Yungi Medical ServiceAboriginal Medical Service Staff Accommodation Redevelopment
NGO
Halls Creek
2.776
WA Department of HealthPoint of Care Network for Rural and Remote Regions of Western Australia
GOVT
Regional Western Australia
0.775
Yura Yungi Medical ServiceRinger Soak Community Clinic Redevelopment
NGO
Halls Creek
0.603
Silver Chain Nursing Association (Incorporated)Hyden Health Centre Redevelopment
NGO
Hyden
0.544
Royal Flying Doctor ServiceEstablishment of a Remote Area Mobile Dental Unit
NGO
Pilbara and Kimberley Regions
0.440
South Australia
Applicant Organisation
Project Outline
Applicant (GOVT/ NGO)
Location
HHF Funding ($m)
South Australian Department of HealthSouth Coast Primary Health Care Precinct Development Stage 1
GOVT
Victor Harbor
10.000
South Australian Department of HealthMurray Bridge Community Dental Clinic Development
GOVT
Murray Bridge
3.798
Calvary Rehabilitation HospitalCalvary Regional Outreach Telehealth Centre Redevelopment
NGO
Port Augusta
0.721
District Council of Tumby BayTumby Bay Health Services Redevelopment
NGO
Tumby Bay
0.604
Cummins Medical CentreCoffin Bay Wellness Clinic Development
NGO
Coffin Bay
0.417
Tasmania
Applicant Organisation
Project
Applicant (GOVT/ NGO)
Location
HHF Funding ($m)
St Giles Society IncRedevelopment of Paediatric Allied Health and Disability Services and Integrated e-Health Infrastructure
NGO
Newstead
6.800
University of TasmaniaMount St. Vincent Professional Development Centre
NGO
Ulverstone
1.279
Northern Territory
Applicant Organisation
Project
Applicant (GOVT/ NGO)
Location
HHF Funding ($m)
Northern Territory Department of HealthRedevelopment of Paediatric Wards at Royal Darwin Hospital
GOVT
Darwin
11.900
NT Cardiac Pty Ltd.Development of a State Wide Integrated Cardiac Network Service
NGO
Darwin
6.130
NT Department of Health and FamiliesMulti-disciplinary Teaching and Training Facility, Alice Springs Hospital
GOVT
Alice Springs
5.185
Katherine Centre of Excellence in Health Knowledge Inc.Clinical Training Academic Health Centre Development
NGO
Katherine
2.450
Nganampa Health CouncilStaff Accommodation Redevelopment and Pipalyatjara Community Clinic Upgrade
NGO
Pipalyatjara and Mimili in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY) in far Northwest of South Australia.
0.169

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