Communities benefit from new health projects
Media Statement from Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA and Hon Terry Redman MLA
- Upgrades at Gnowangerup, Kojonup, Lake Grace, Tambellup and Wagin
- First phase of $108.8 million small hospital and nursing post program
- Contracts awarded to BGC Constructions Pty Ltd, CPD Group Pty Ltd, Smith Constructions Bunbury, Perkins Builders
Five small but vital hospitals across the southern Wheatbelt and central Great Southern will be the first to benefit from the latest health facility improvements to be delivered by the State Government’s Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI).
Health Minister Kim Hames said the State Government’s $108.8 million Small Hospital and Nursing Post Refurbishment Program would be used to upgrade the Tambellup Health Centre as well as hospitals at Gnowangerup, Kojonup, Lake Grace and Wagin.
“The upgrades will support emergency care and primary health, while enhancing patient safety, security and comfort,” Dr Hames said.
“Numerous workshops have been held in these communities to determine the final scope of works and ensure the upgrades target priority areas for each of these towns to help meet current and future health needs.”
Contracts have been awarded to BGC Constructions Pty Ltd, for Gnowangerup; CPD Group Pty Ltd for Tambellup and Lake Grace; Smith Constructions Bunbury for Kojonup and Perkins Builders for Wagin.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said this Royalties for Regions investment would bring great social and economic benefits and boost the liveability of each community.
“These improved services and facilities will also assist in attracting and retaining hospital staff, narrowing the divide between regional and metropolitan health services,” Mr Redman said.
“Health investment is fundamental to sustaining and promoting rural development and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions playing an important role in this.”
The SIHI project has delivered a raft of health improvements since beginning in 2011, including the award-winning Emergency Telehealth Service, the introduction of 24/7 rosters at key regional emergency departments, and a range of priority primary health programs.
- The $565m Southern Inland Health Initiative will deliver health upgrades in 37 towns
- The $108.8m Small Hospital and Nursing Post Refurbishment Program will upgrade up to 26 facilities
- For more information, visit http://getthebiggerpicture.health.wa.gov.au