Standing up for Canberra

$2.3 Million Boost to Emergency Departments

Residents of the ACT and south East NSW will benefit from a further $2.3 million investment by the Gillard Government to reform and modernise local hospital and health facilities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan said these projects will greatly improve access to quality health care, while also stimulating the local economy and creating jobs.

“Finding room in this very responsible Budget for expanded health services has been difficult, but shows what a high priority it is for the Gillard Government,’’ Mr Swan said.

Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, announced today that the Government would provide $2.337 million to install the NSW Health Critical Care Telehealth network in ten hospital emergency departments through the 2011-12 Budget.

“This project is part of Labor’s ongoing commitment to improving regional health services and helping regional Australians to see and contact a doctor closer to home,” Ms Roxon said.

“National health reform is helping to provide hospitals and health services with the resources they need to provide more beds and better care.”

The ACT Federal Labor representatives welcomed the new investment for the ACT and surrounds.

“Patients in the ACT and nearby communities can look forward to better health services as a result of the investments we are making” all three said.

This investment will provide:

  • remote support from Canberra for clinicians caring for critically ill or injured patients in the South East NSW; 
  • a professional training capacity using two way video conferencing facilities; and
  • quicker, safer and more timely transfers for critically ill patients.

Minister Roxon said the NSW Health Critical Care Telehealth network project had been selected by the Government for funding through the Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF) regional priority round, from the applications assessed by the independent HHF Advisory Board as satisfying the funding requirements.

“These new projects and many other projects around Australia being funded from the Fund’s Regional Priority Round will help strengthen regional health and hospital services and build a better system for the future,” she said.

“Theses projects are part of the Government’s $5 billion commitment to health and hospital infrastructure as part of its national health reform agenda.’’