Katanning Hospital will receive a $35.4million upgrade as part of a $325.8million boost to health infrastructure across southern Western Australia, funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
Health Minister Kim Hames and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman will visit Katanning, Northam, Narrogin, Merredin, Collie and Manjimup to announce funding for hospital upgrades and rebuilds under the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI).
Dr Hames said Katanning Hospital would receive a new emergency department including an ambulance bay, new medical imaging, enhanced Telehealth and upgrades to support services.
“The upgraded Katanning Hospital will enhance the one-stop-shop for health services such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, counselling, community health nursing, community mental health and aged-care support,” Dr Hames said.
“SIHI is the biggest health investment in regional WA and will improve health infrastructure for hospitals and nursing posts and increase the range and accessibility of specialist health services.”
Mr Redman said the upgrades to Katanning Hospital would provide high levels of service self-sufficiency, supporting the development of a more robust healthcare service in the region.
“Royalties for Regions funding through SIHI will enhance the liveability of regional WA,” Mr Redman said.
While tenders will determine the specific timeline for the project, it is expected that the upgrade at Katanning Hospital will start in the second half of 2015, and take about 18 months to complete.
SIHI will deliver infrastructure improvements to 36 towns in the southern inland region of WA.
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 healthcare 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.
Health Minister’s office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700