$12m to Help Adelaide Emergency Departments
The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, and the Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis, visited hospitals in Adelaide that are benefiting from more than $12 million in new facilities to help relieve the pressure on emergency departments.
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The Hon Mark Bulter MP23 September 2009
Parliamentary Secretary for Health
The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Member for Adelaide
The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, and the Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis, today visited hospitals in Adelaide that are benefiting from more than $12 million in new facilities to help relieve the pressure on emergency departments.
Mr Butler visited the Royal Adelaide Hospital, which has benefited from $9.7 million to build and operate a new 24 bed acute medical unit.
The unit will care for patients who are in a stable condition but need treatment for up to 48-hours – including people being treated for asthma and other chronic but non life-threatening conditions.
Mr Butler and Ms Ellis also visited Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, which has benefited from $2.4 million for a new ‘see and treat’ clinic and additional equipment and staff funding to boost the hours of access to diagnostics for patients.
This funding is part of the Rudd Government’s $750 million investment to enable emergency department reforms and relieve some of the pressure on public hospitals.
Mr Butler said, “The priorities for the Rudd Government are targeting the key pressure points in our health system, such as boosting support for emergency departments and extending the hours of access to diagnostics for patients.”
The visit to the two Adelaide hospitals marked the 30th and 31st consultations with health professionals being held across the country to road-test the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission’s proposed reforms.
The Commission’s report made recommendations for system-wide changes to Australian health care.
At the consultations, Mr Butler outlined the Commission’s recommendations, and met with the local health professionals to discuss their priorities to improve health services around the country.
The Government also wants to hear from the community about their views of the health system.
All Australians are now invited to have their say and join the national debate on our health system via the yourHealth.gov.au website.
Copies of the NHHRC report are on the website, along with the two other reports presented to the Government – the draft of the National Primary Health Care Strategy and the National Preventative Health Strategy, which also made recommendations in their areas of expertise.
Media Contact: Lisa Sedgwick, Parliamentary Secretary’s Office, (02) 6277 4414
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