Boost to health services in regional NSW
People in rural and regional NSW will be able to seek health care closer to home, with the NSW Government investing $550 million to upgrade or redevelop hospitals.
Close to two-thirds of the 40 hospital upgrades or redevelopments underway or set to commence in 2018-19 are in regional NSW.
Hospital upgrades and redevelopments include:
- $202.6 million to continue investment in Albury, Broken Hill, Bulli, Gosford, Goulburn, Lismore, Muswellbrook, Port Macquarie, Shellharbour, Wagga Wagga, and Wyong hospitals
- $108 million to continue building new hospitals at Macksville, Maitland, Mudgee, and Tweed
- $67 million to continue investment in Coffs Harbour, Cooma, Grafton, Inverell and Manning hospitals
- $6 million to commence the Western Cancer Centre at Dubbo
- $60 million to continue the Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment
- $6 million to commence the redevelopment of Griffith Hospital
- $5 million for the Rural Health Infrastructure Program at Tenterfield, Scone Gloucester and Dungog for upgrades and refurbishments
In addition to these hospital upgrades and redevelopments, the investment includes:
- $16.4 million to continue the Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration
- more than $40 million to continue developing Multipurpose Services to provide health and aged care services for small and remote rural communities.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the $550 million investment is in addition to $8 million already announced for health facilities across rural NSW as part of the Rural Health Minor Works Program.
“The Rural Minor Works Program will ensure regional hospitals and health facilities across the State are continually upgraded,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We are investing in the ongoing success of regional and rural NSW by continuing our construction boom and creating world-class regional health services that makes people feel secure and cared for."
The NSW Government will invest a total of $2.3 billion in world-class hospitals and health services in 2018-19, with $8 billion over the next four years for new facilities, upgrades and redevelopments.