First Sod Turned on New Hospital for Eastern Perth
Australian Health Minister Tanya Plibersek joined Senator Glenn Sterle and Western Australian Deputy Premier Kim Hames to turn the first sod of a new $360 million hospital campus in Perth.
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The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP8 August 2012
Minister for Health
Senator Glenn Sterle
Senator for Western Australia
Australian Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today joined Senator Glenn Sterle and Western Australian Deputy Premier Kim Hames to turn the first sod of a new $360 million hospital campus in Perth.
Ms Plibersek said the Gillard Government was contributing $180 million to the Midland Health Campus, which is expected to be completed in 2015.
“The exciting new development will help meet the rapidly growing need for additional health and hospital services in eastern Perth,” said Ms Plibersek.
“For the first time, people from Midland and the surrounding area will have access to chemotherapy, high dependency care and coronary care and children will be able to be treated in a dedicated paediatric ward.”
The new Midland Health Campus will be located on an eight hectare site bordered by Clayton Street, Centennial Place and Lloyd Street in the heart of Midland town centre.
The hospital will provide a total of 307 new public beds and will replace the Swan District Hospital. St John of God Health Care will also build a 60 bed private hospital within the Midland Complex.
Senator Sterle said the Gillard Government was committed to improving health care for the people of eastern Perth and providing appropriate facilities for high quality, responsive and efficient hospital services.
“On completion of the new hospital, the state of the art facilities will deliver new and expanded services free of charge to patients and will ensure people living in Perth’s eastern suburbs have better access to health care closer to home.”
The Commonwealth contribution to the campus comes from the Health and Hospital Fund which was established as part of a nation-building agenda, investing in Australia’s long-term future and to strengthen the Australian economy.
These projects will help further close the gap in health services between major metropolitan and regional areas of Australia by expanding and upgrading rural hospitals and health centres, expanding clinical training capacity to deliver more health professionals to regional areas, and expand health services including mental health, dental health and chronic disease management.
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