Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    State Budget 2012-13: Building the State; Supporting our Community - New health services for children and families

    17/05/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • $58.5million over 4 years for early childhood health care
    • Equipment replacement program extended to 2013-14 with additional $40million
    • $22m for preliminary works for RPH redevelopment, ahead of a $158m refurbishment
    • Total of $6.76b in targeted spending to provide quality health services in 2012-13, a 7.3% increase on the previous year

    More children will undergo free child health checks and have access to school-based health services in Western Australia as part of the Liberal-National Government’s $58.5million investment in early childhood health care over four years.

     

    Treasurer Christian Porter said the funding in the State Budget 2012-13 was the centrepiece of the State’s $6.76billion health budget, and would result in a major expansion of community child health services across WA.

     

    “Community child health services play a vital role in preventing chronic disease, so this is a targeted project to address real issues facing families in accessing health care,” Mr Porter said.

     

    “These services will be expanded through the non-government organisation sector.

     

    “We have listened to the people of WA and have already made real changes by investing $49.7million over four years to recruit more than 50 community allied health staff in physiotherapy, speech pathology and occupational therapy.  As a result, wait times for these services have dropped by more than 50 per cent.”

     

    Health Minister Kim Hames said the Liberal-National Government’s medical equipment replacement program would continue this year, ensuring the public had access to the most up-to-date services possible.

     

    The most recent upgrade was a new CT scanner for Princess Margaret Hospital, the most advanced to be installed in a children’s hospital in Australia.

     

    “The State Government is continuing to rebuild health services in WA from the ground up, with an investment of $22million on the redevelopment of Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) in this Budget,” Dr Hames said.

     

    “The total health capital works spend for 2012-13 will be $1.2billion, which reflects the massive building program currently under way and will see the completion of works on some of our key projects such as the new Albany Health Campus in the next year.”

     

          Fact File

    • Work will start on the:
    • $360.2million Midland Health Campus - completion 2015
    • $117.9million Busselton Health Campus - completion 2014
    • $22.2million Remote Indigenous Health Clinic Project - completion 2014
    • Work will continue on the:
    • $1.2billion New Children’s Hospital - completion 2015
    • $1.7billion Fiona Stanley Hospital - completion 2013
    • $239.0million on the new State rehabilitation service - completion 2013
    • $325.3million Southern Inland Health Initiative capital works
    • $229.8million Joondalup Health Campus expansion - completion 2013
    • $55.8million Kalgoorlie Health Campus redevelopment - completion late 2013
    • Planning will continue on the:
    • RPH redevelopment - $22million for preliminary works
    • Karratha Health Campus - $207.2million
    • Construction will be completed in 2012-13:
    • $55.6million for a new PathWest Centre at the QEII Medical Centre
    • $47.9million for Cancer Centre Stage 2 at the QEII Medical Centre
    • $170.4million new Albany Health Campus
    • WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

    Treasurer’s office - 6552 5600

    Health Minister’s office - 6552 5300