Narrogin Hospital will undergo a $55.9million upgrade as part 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 Narrogin, Northam, Merredin, Katanning, Collie and Manjimup to announce funding for individual projects carried out under the Royalties for Regions-funded $565million Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI).
“The upgraded Narrogin Hospital will provide a new ambulatory care centre and dental clinic, along with an expanded pathology building, new sub-acute and rehabilitation unit and additional cancer services,” Dr Hames said
“It will enhance the delivery of health services such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, counselling, community health nursing, community mental health and aged-care support.”
Mr Redman said SIHI was the biggest health investment in regional WA and would improve health infrastructure for hospitals and nursing posts and increase the range and accessibility of specialist health services.
“By improving access to ambulatory and primary healthcare services, the flow-on effect will see an improvement to the region’s sustainability,” Mr Redman said.
“Investment in health is fundamental to the ongoing viability of regional WA and Royalties for Regions is addressing the gaps in healthcare to ensure regional areas continue to be desirable places to live, work and invest.”
The Australian Government is also contributing $6.76million towards the new dental clinic, pathology building and the expansion of cancer services at Narrogin Hospital.
While the tender process will determine the specific timeline for the project, it is expected the upgrade of Narrogin Hospital will commence in the second half of 2015, and will take about two years to complete.
SIHI will deliver health infrastructure to 36 towns across 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
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