Development of the new Albany Health Campus is well on track with procurement planning at an advanced stage, a community reference group established and a new website launched, showing the Liberal-National Government is about progress, not just promises.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the $135million campus would be a purpose-built facility providing modern and expanded services to enhance the quality of patient care and safety for more than 50,000 local residents.
“The State Government commissioned an expert procurement options analysis for the new facility earlier this year which has recommended that a fast-track approach with early contractor involvement be used to build the facility,” Dr Hames said.
“This approach is similar in principle to the procurement approach being undertaken for the new Fiona Stanley Hospital project and means the contracted builder is involved in the design process. This differs from traditional procurement methods where design work is completed prior to seeking tenders to undertake the actual building construction only.
“A contractor will be appointed via a tender process, which will be undertaken in early 2010. While this process is occurring, initial design work will also be undertaken so that the required level of planning can be completed before the successful building tenderer takes on responsibility for design development in 2010.”
As a second, important part of the procurement approach, a separate expression of interest (EOI) will be developed seeking private sector interest in delivering services for the new health campus, including potential for contributing towards the building cost. It is expected this EOI will be advertised in mid-July, closing in mid-August.
The Minister said a community reference group for the development, comprising key stakeholder and community representatives, had been formed and meet for the first time today.
“The development of the Albany Health Campus is one of the biggest public hospital developments ever undertaken in regional Western Australia and it is crucial that the people of Albany can access up-to-date information about the project’s status and services,” he said.
“This group will ensure the community is kept fully informed about the development of the new campus and provide an ideal forum for two-way communication between the community and health service.
“The feedback and input provided via this forum will assist the project to meet local community needs as well as explain the progress of the project to the broader community.”
The group is made up of representatives from:
· New Hospital for Albany Action Group
· Lower Great Southern District Health Advisory Council
· Great Southern GP Network
· Great Southern Development Commission
· Medical Advisory Committee chairperson
· City of Albany
· Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry
· Great Southern Aboriginal Health Advisory Group Council
· Silver Chain Albany
· St John Ambulance Albany
· Albany Health Campus Development Project Working Group representative.
Local physiotherapist Andrew Partington has been appointed as the Minister’s representative. WA Country Health Service regional director Robert Pulsford will be the chair.
An Albany Health Campus website has been launched today to provide information on the progress of the development. This will complement regular updates and information provided to staff working at the hospital and wider input into the planned development.
“The State Government wants to ensure the community has an opportunity to contribute to the consultation process and provide feedback on issues relating to the development,” Dr Hames said.
“Our actions show that we are going to deliver this project and make real progress - not just promises like the previous Labor government.”
Preparatory site work on the project is planned to commence towards the end of 2010 with main construction works for the campus expected to start in early 2011, targeting completion of new buildings by the end of 2012, ready for operation in 2013.
For further information about opportunities for consultation and feedback, or to view the Terms of Reference for the Albany Health Campus Development Community Reference Group, go to http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au/albanyhealthcampus
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