CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR DUNKLEY
LABOR TO FUND STATE-OF-THE-ART HEALTH RESEARCH EFFORTS
Australians will benefit from innovative new approaches to aged care, mental health and substance addiction under a Shorten Labor Government initiative.
The people of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula will be the first to benefit from better health outcomes, shorter hospital wait times and new jobs under this plan.
If elected this year, Labor will invest $21 million in a new Monash-Peninsula Health Futures Hub – an innovation that aims to transform health care for the local community and eventually the whole country.
A partnership between Monash University and Peninsula Health, the Hub will focus on designing and delivering new, better integrated models of care for some of the region’s most vulnerable people. Successful models could then be scaled up and rolled out across Australia.
The Hub will focus particularly on improving outcomes in aged care, mental health and addiction – pressing issues both in the local area and across the nation.
The project will bring together researchers, clinicians, health system leaders, consumers and students to generate transformative solutions to these problems.
The ultimate goal of the project is to improve health outcomes for all Australians with complex and challenging conditions. We can only do that by testing new evidence-based models of care that can make our health system more sustainable, equitable and efficient.
In aged care, new care models will focus on delivering greater independence so people can stay at home for longer and avoid unnecessary hospitalisations. This will reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments, resulting in shorter waiting times and better resources.
The project will also deliver jobs for the Peninsula region, in both health and construction. And improved mental health outcomes and reduced substance abuse will help to keep local families safe.
Labor’s investment will support Phases 1 and 2 of the project, which will involve the establishment of new research centres and a Health Data Platform at in the Frankston Health and Education Precinct. It will also see the expansion of the Academic Centre at Frankston Hospital, creating construction jobs and boosting the local economy.
Labor will fund the project through our $2.8 billion Better Hospitals Fund.
We are also reviewing a proposal for Phase 3 of the project, which involves the establishment from 2024 of a state-of-the-art health professions education and research facility.
This region is ideally suited to hosting the Hub given its unique tight-knit community, its demographic make-up, its established use of digital medical records, the existing relationship between Monash University and Peninsula Health, and a strong network of local volunteers.
Monash and Peninsula Health are also making significant contributions to this project, making it a $48 million partnership.
This is another example of Labor’s commitment to delivering world-class research and the best quality health care for all Australians.
We will reverse the Liberal cuts to public hospitals and end their six-year Medicare rebate freeze. But we will also invest in innovative new projects like this one to ensure we can meet Australia’s future health needs.
WEDNESDAY, 16 JANUARY 2018