Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Boom delivers an extra $10million for Kalgoorlie Hospital

    21/09/2005 12:00 AM

    The State Government will invest an extra $10million to redevelop Kalgoorlie Hospital into one of Western Australia’s major regional resource centres.

    Health Minister Jim McGinty said a total of $40million would be spent to develop the centre of high-level clinical care in Kalgoorlie.

    “This is a significant investment that will increase access to health care services for people living in the Goldfields region,” Mr McGinty said.

    “The regional resource centre will provide the latest clinical facilities and specialised health care closer to where people live, reducing the need for travel to Perth.”

    The redevelopment of the hospital will include the expansion and refurbishment of the emergency department, as well as major upgrades to medical imaging facilities, day surgery, theatres and sterilisation areas.

    The Minister said stronger links would also be formed between country and metropolitan health services in the areas of workforce, education and training, information management and communication technology.

    “These links will give regional health professionals faster and direct access to the expertise of clinical specialists from Perth’s tertiary hospitals, such as diagnostic and treatment options, which will improve outcomes for regional patients,” he said.

    Other key areas that will be improved in the next five years include:
    • ongoing expansion of the clinical workforce in regional resource centres;
    • development of health infrastructure in regional areas;
    • upgrades to staff housing;
    • better patient transport systems; and
    • increased focus on aged care services.
    Mr McGinty said the additional funding to redevelop Kalgoorlie Hospital was part of a total rebuild of the State’s health system.

    “Our booming economy means we can invest an extra $890million to build new hospitals and upgrade existing hospitals throughout the State,” he said.

    “The Government has developed a 10-year health blueprint with a massive $3.6billion capital works program for hospitals right across WA.”

    Minister's office: 9220 5000