Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Peel roundtable to focus on local issues

    26/07/2018 10:05 AM
    • Sustainable Health Review focuses on Peel Region
    • Opportunity for stakeholders to have their say in the future health needs of the Peel region
    • Health Minister Roger Cook will open the Peel roundtable event 

    Future health needs of the Peel region will be in the spotlight when the Health Minister Roger Cook and the Chair of the Sustainable Health Review, Robyn Kruk, host a consultation forum on September 19, 2018.


    The interim report of the Sustainable Health Review highlighted the Peel region as a pressure point in the health system, and the roundtable will be part of the consultation process to help inform the SHR panel in its considerations for the final report.


    Representatives from local government, MPs, health stakeholders and relevant non-government organisations will be among those invited to share their views on how to plan for the future health needs of this important and rapidly growing region. 


    The Peel Health Campus recently received interim funding of $4.4 million as part of the McGowan Government's 2018-19 budget.  


    The multimillion-dollar investment in the facility will build up the government's commitment to support services at Peel Health Campus, and will provide immediate upgrades to the car parking facilities, while increasing overall security and safety with upgrades to the CCTV system and the lock-down capability.


    While the SHR and department analysis are undertaken, this investment recognises the importance the McGowan Government places on the Peel Health Campus. The roundtable will be the next essential step in assisting the panel to look at further priorities at the hospital, and the future health care needs of the Peel region.


    The SHR Panel delivered an interim report to government in January 2018, with the final report due in November 2018.


    The interim report identified areas for further work and further engagement on a range of topics including primary care, climate and environmental health, digital/data/innovation, and workforce and training.


    The Department of Health has already begun implementing some of the immediate recommendations from the interim report regarding preventive health and the expansion of telehealth technology.


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The Sustainable Health Review panel received many public submissions on the Peel Region during the earlier consultation period.


    "The panel identified the region as a pressure point, and the McGowan Government is committed to ensuring health services in this growing area are safe, effective and sustainable.


    "The roundtable provides a fantastic opportunity for interested parties to come together to discuss ways to improve the health services offered in Peel."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500