CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT
CANDIDATE FOR CAPRICORNIA
LABOR WILL REFURBISH MENTAL HEALTH WARD AT ROCKHAMPTON HOSPITAL
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver better mental health care to Rockhampton residents by investing $8.2 million to overhaul Rockhampton Hospital’s ageing and sub-optimal mental health ward.
If you want better hospitals in Rockhampton, not more cuts – vote Labor.
Rockhampton Hospital delivers vital mental health care to central Queenslanders – but despite the hard work of dedicated doctors and nurses the substandard condition of the hospital’s mental health facilities pose obstacles to patient care.
Rockhampton Hospital’s Mental Health Inpatient Services operate from a 23 year old facility. The building’s façade is aged and rusted, while internally the facility’s aged services require constant maintenance, repair and replacement.
Labor’s investment will deliver better patient and staff safety by ensuring that Rockhampton residents have access to modern, world-class mental health facilities.
These works will ensure the staff at Rockhampton Hospital have facilities with the capacity to support personalised treatment options, flexible models of care, research opportunities and the increasing use of ICT in healthcare delivery.
Labor’s investment will deliver better health outcomes to central Queenslanders.
This investment is part of Labor’s plan to invest $1 billion in vital upgrades to Australia’s public hospitals: building new wards with more beds, upgrading emergency departments and theatres, and establishing new palliative care and mental health facilities.
This investment blitz – one element of Labor’s $2.8 billion Better Hospitals Fund – is a key part of Labor’s Fair Go Action Plan to improve health care and strengthen Medicare.
We can afford to spend more on health care because we’ve made the tough decisions to make multinationals pay their fair share and close unfair tax loopholes.
In contrast, Scott Morrison and the LNP have inflicted cut after cut on our health system. That’s why Australians are paying more than ever to see the doctor, and why people are languishing longer than ever in emergency departments and on elective surgery waiting lists.
Only Russell Robertson and Labor can be trusted to fix our hospitals and deliver a modern and safe mental health ward to Rockhampton Hospital.
We need real change – because more of the same isn’t good enough.
If you want a fair go for all Australians – vote Labor.
TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019