An extensive redevelopment project will convert the existing Newman Hospital into a contemporary hospital with provision for private general practice, creating purpose-built health facilities for the Pilbara.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $59.75 million Newman Health Service Redevelopment Project, announced as part of the 2016-17 State Budget, was supported by a $49.75 million investment through the North West Health Initiative, made possible by the State Government Royalties for Regions program. An extra $10 million was provided by BHP Billiton in a partnership to enhance health facilities in Newman.
"The new health service will provide state-of-the-art medical facilities to people living in Newman, as well as surrounding towns such as Marble Bar and Nullagine," Mr Redman said.
"The new purpose-built health service will include a six-bay emergency department, 12-bed medical inpatient unit, ambulatory health care centre with outpatient facilities, pathology, dental service and medical imaging facilities.
"Quality health infrastructure and services are fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional Western Australia and are an important investment for Royalties for Regions."
Health Minister John Day said the North West Health Initiative was a five-year program bringing state-of-the-art health and aged care facilities to the region.
"Improvements to health infrastructure and service delivery enable a greater number of patients to be treated regionally, reducing the need for travel away from family to other larger facilities in neighbouring regions, or even to metropolitan sites," Mr Day said.
"The Newman Health Service Redevelopment project supports health services that help deliver modern and efficient patient care to the Pilbara."
The Government will invest $3.78 billion over the next four years to build vibrant regions with strong economies through Royalties for Regions initiatives in health, community services, education, arts, Aboriginal development, agriculture, tourism and economic development.
Construction for the Newman Health Service is expected to start in late 2017 and be completed by mid-2019.
Since 2008, the State Government has invested $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 Royalties for Regions-funded projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts
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