- Builders shortlisted for $41.8 million Onslow Health Service
- Hospital projects and new health and aged care centres across region
- Improved access to specialists through Emergency Telehealth Service
- Made possible by $150.1 million Royalties for Regions investment
Builders have been shortlisted for the new $41.8 million Onslow Health Service, as communities across a wide area of Western Australia's north benefit from the Liberal National Government's $194.1 million North West Health Initiative (NWHI).
Releasing plans for the Onslow project yesterday, Health Minister John Day said the five-year NWHI, involving the State Government and private enterprise, was bringing the latest medical services to centres across the North West region.
"The Onslow Health Service will include an expanded three-bed emergency department; six-bed inpatient facility; and a new digital imaging department, with a dedicated pathology collection room. There will also be world-class telehealth links for rapid video access to emergency specialists in Hedland, Karratha and Perth," Mr Day said.
"It will also have purpose-built rooms for a dental clinic, child health, community mental health, community health nursing, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and counselling services."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd, Cockram Construction, Cooper and Oxley Builders Pty Ltd and Pindan Contracting Pty Ltd had completed a rigorous evaluation process and had now been invited to submit detailed building proposals.
The Onslow Health Service investment includes $19.8 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and $22 million from Chevron Australia, as part of its $250 million commitment to infrastructure improvements in Onslow, as it builds the Wheatstone LNG project.
"Construction of the Onslow Health Service will create an important local hub, a well-designed facility of which the whole community can be proud," Mr Redman said.
"The new service will be built on the site of the current Onslow Hospital which will continue to operate, so it will be business as usual for patients and staff during construction. I am pleased Royalties for Regions is playing a vital role in this and I thank Chevron for its significant contribution."
NWHI projects also include:
- the redevelopment of hospitals at Newman and Tom Price
- a revamp of Paraburdoo Hospital to improve health care delivery
- detailed strategy planning in Roebourne to provide sustainable services
- new premises for the Derby Community Health Service
- a new facility in Mount Magnet to allow health services to be collocated
- a new 'one stop shop' primary care centre at the Meekatharra Community Health Service
- construction of a new residential aged care facility on the Carnarvon Hospital campus
- six Kimberley and seven Pilbara telehealth centres
- improved patient and clinical information management systems.
"This investment will transform health care in remote Pilbara, Mid-West and Kimberley towns and bring high-quality care closer to home for thousands of families," Mr Day said.
"Along with better primary care, there will be more access to programs aimed at preventing illness and improving wellbeing."
Mr Redman said the initiative showed the way forward for regional development and investment.
"The North West plays such a big role in WA's economy, and health care must keep pace with the needs of changing populations," he said.
"The NWHI is an innovative example of how collaboration across a variety of agencies and the private sector can achieve a common goal, and bring tangible benefits to regional communities."
The tender for construction of the Onslow Health Service is on track to be awarded in September, with building expected to start shortly afterwards. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2018.
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