Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    $325.8million boost to regional health initiatives

    8/07/2014 12:00 AM
     
    • Health infrastructure across 36 WA towns to receive substantial upgrades
    • New $31.4million hospital for Manjimup, upgrades to another five hospitals
    • Royalties for Regions delivering significant health benefits to regional WA
    Hospitals and nursing posts across southern Western Australia will benefit from a $325.8million funding boost under the single biggest investment in regional health made by the State Government.
     
    Residents in 36 communities will have access to significantly upgraded hospital services and infrastructure, including a new $31.4million hospital in Manjimup and a $46.1million hospital upgrade in Northam, as part of the Royalties for Regions funded Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI).
     
    Health Minister Kim Hames and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman will visit six towns this week to announce funding for the projects, which include expanded cancer services, dental clinics, pathology facilities, rehabilitation units and outpatient services.
     
    “The Southern Inland Health Initiative is the biggest health investment in regional Western Australia. It will improve infrastructure for hospitals and nursing posts and increase the range and accessibility of specialist health services across the southern half of the State,” Dr Hames said.
     
    Mr Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment aimed to address gaps in health care across southern Western Australia and a crucial aspect of ensuring the sustainability of regional towns meant providing adequate health care for residents.
     
    “Investment in health infrastructure and services is fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional WA,” Mr Redman said.
     
    The $325.8million investment will involve upgrades to six district hospitals totalling $173.7million, as well as an additional $108.8million for upgrades and refurbishment of small hospitals and nursing posts.
     
    A further $43.3million has been allocated towards fit-for-purpose health care facilities that focus on the promotion of good health, prevention and early detection of illness, with the first two sites in Pingelly and Cunderdin under way.
     
    The six hospitals earmarked for the upgrades are:
    • Manjimup Hospital, $31.4million to replace the existing hospital
    • Northam Hospital, $46.1million
    • Collie Hospital, $8.6million
    • Merredin Hospital, $26.4million
    • Narrogin Hospital, $55.9million
    • Katanning Hospital, $35.4million
    Dr Hames said the $565million SIHI had been improving the delivery of health services in southern Western Australia since 2011.
     
    “Already we’ve seen the implementation of Telehealth across the region, an attraction strategy to increase the number of general practitioners in regional towns, and a 24/7 roster in larger Emergency Departments and an Emergency Telehealth Service,” he said.
     
          Fact File
    • The Southern Inland Health Initiative will deliver infrastructure upgrades to 36 towns in southern WA
    • SIHI is delivering $565million worth of investment to southern WA to:
      • improve GP services and  24 hour emergency response
      • provide major upgrades and enhance hospitals
      • implement the Primary Health Care Demonstration Program
      • refurbishment of small hospital and nursing posts
      • Telehealth technology, including equipment upgrades
      • Residential Aged Care and Dementia Investment
    • SIHI projects are part of the State Government’s Bigger Picture on health. For more information visit http://getthebiggerpicture.health.wa.gov.au
    Health Minister’s office - 6552 5300
    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700