Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    McGowan Labor Government’s health Budget puts patients first

    10/05/2018 2:05 PM
    • $37 billion overall investment into Western Australia's health system
    • $275.8 million in additional funding over the next five years towards new and upgraded health facilities across WA
    • McGowan Government delivers on election commitments for major hospital upgrades, a new birthing centre, additional drug and alcohol treatment beds, aged care and mental health services
    • Sustainable Health Review interim report issues being addressed through innovation, more effective services and improved efficiency 

    Western Australians will receive a suite of new and improved health facilities and services, as the McGowan Labor Government progresses its election commitments, as part of the $37 billion investment in the 2018-19 State Budget.


    The State's oldest hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, is set to receive a $11.8 million funding boost to implement the Mental Health Observation Area (MHOA) Plus, a centrepiece to the McGowan Government's broader Royal Perth Hospital redevelopment plans which also includes a Medihotel and innovation hub to bolster research.


    The MHOA Plus Unit will provide a comprehensive suite of psychiatric services, meeting the mental health needs of the large inner city population.


    It will offer improved services for people presenting with psychiatric disorders by providing a specialised service in a more clinically capable and appropriate environment.


    Operating close to the emergency department, the MHOA Plus will provide a direct link for those patients from the ED requiring mental health support and treatment, expediting their treatment.


    The MHOA Plus Unit is expected to be operational by December 2019.


    Funding for the MHOA Plus builds on the State Government's election commitments to invest in sustainable health services closer to home.


    An Urgent Care Clinic (Toxicology) is also being established at Royal Perth Hospital, aimed at reducing pressure on the emergency department and reducing waitlists.


    These investments into Royal Perth Hospital are examples of key health infrastructure and service investments that not only improve the services provided to Western Australians, but also help to ensure patients get the right treatment quickly, and more cost effectively. 


    The 2018-19 State Budget also includes:

    • $158 million towards the expansion of Joondalup Health Campus, which includes eight operating theatres, a six-bed stroke unit, expanded emergency department capacity, additional inpatient beds, new mental health beds, an urgent care clinic and Medihotel;
    • $73.3 million investment over the next five years towards the Stage 1 redevelopment of Geraldton Health Campus to include an expanded emergency department and critical care unit, an acute psychiatric unit and a mental health short stay unit;
    • $24.9 million expansion at Osborne Park Hospital to improve neo natal and obstetric services plus develop a new 10-bed rehabilitation unit;
    • $10.2 million over the next five years to construct and operate a Mid-West community mental health Step Up/Step Down service;
    • $9.3 million to fast-track 33 more alcohol and drug rehabilitation beds in the South-West;
    • $2.2 million for protective equipment including anti-stab vests and duress alarms to bolster safety of front-line health and security staff;
    • $1.8 million to construct a Family Birthing Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital with midwifery led care to support families in the south metropolitan catchment through antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal periods; and
    • $500,000 to redevelop the 64-bed aged care Valley View Residence in Collie.  

    Following the release of the Sustainable Health Review interim report, the State Government has made positive moves to put the health budget on a more sustainable footing, ensuring every health dollar spent represents value for money and delivers quality care for Western Australians.


    Through savings and reprioritisation, the State Government will make a $55.9 million investment to address system priorities.  Health technology and infrastructure investments include:

    • $40 million in capital funding to continue the medical equipment replacement program in 2018-19 and 2019-20; including a state-of-the-art 64 slice CT scanner for Kalgoorlie Health Campus;   
    • $10 million in capital funding for the progression of a number of Information and Communication Technology requirements that are critical to the operation of key clinical and corporate systems;
    • $4.4 million in capital funding across the next four years to allow for maintenance and minor capital investment works to occur at the 193-bed Peel Health Campus; and
    • $1.5 million in capital funding for the replacement of the Philips Heartstart MRx Defibrillators/Monitors. 

    This vital funding allocated reflects the State Government's commitment to improve care in the community, an increased focus on health prevention and promotion, and is a result of proper planning and risk analysis.


    For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to delivering quality health care, which puts patients first.


    "This record investment by the McGowan Government will ensure vital health services are funded properly, and Western Australians will receive health care in modern and upgraded facilities.


    "We need to continue to drive innovation, integration and cultural change, while also delivering safe, quality and sustainable health services."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500