Boost to hospitals and nursing staff in Queensland state budget

Doug Hendrie

12/06/2018 4:04:53 PM

Hospitals will be expanded in the population hub of south-east Queensland and 3500 new nurses and midwives will be employed.

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The Queensland budget includes funding to increase the state’s number of nurse navigators to a total of 400.

This week’s Queensland state budget allocates $570 million over six years to redevelop and expand Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich hospitals.
Smaller regional hospitals will also benefit, with $85 million going towards upgrades of emergency departments in Hervey Bay and Gladstone, a redevelopment of Roma Hospital, and repurposing of the Caloundra Health Service.
The number of nurse navigators – nurses who are skilled in complex healthcare needs and able to help patients navigate the health system – will be increased to 400 across the state.
Adolescent mental health will also get a boost, with $28 million allocated to a new extended treatment facility at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.
Almost $10 million will go towards a new drug and alcohol rehab centre in Rockhampton as part of the State Government’s plan to tackle ice addiction.
An extra $155 million will help to extend the Specialist Outpatient Strategy, a move to give patients timely access to specialists.
A total of $16 million will go to expand the Deadly Choices Healthy Lifestyle program, a preventive health campaign aimed at empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to choose healthy foods, regular exercise and quitting smoking.

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