Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the health initiatives the NSW Liberals
& Nationals announced before the March election are part of a raft of new
measures it will deliver over the next term of government to help families.
“We promised to deliver a better quality of life for all citizens no
matter where they live or what their circumstances and easing stress around
their health needs is key to that pledge,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Whether it’s getting
kids in and out of hospital quickly
to ease the strain on families, or taking dental checks to them, we are getting it
done. Healthy kids are happy kids, and happy kids means happy parents too.
“It is only thanks to the strong economic management of a NSW
Liberals & Nationals Government that we can fund these new health programs
to support families right across the State.”
Across the next four years, the NSW Government is investing $170
million towards family health programs from pre-conception through to
pregnancy, birth, early childhood and formal schooling years.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said families throughout NSW can expect
more hospitals and health facilities to be delivered, staffed
by a record workforce and now, additional services are on their way.
“Last Budget we delivered the $157 million Parents Package and now
we’re backing-up that effort by fast-tracking our health election commitments
to support families even more,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Over the next term, 8,000 additional paediatric operations will
ensure children needing surgery are back home with their family
faster, while new mobile dental
clinics will visit up to 136,000 kids a year.
“Families will also get faster access to allergy testing and
management with the State’s largest investment in allergy nurses, allowing
families to get the answers and support they need.”
Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said a $9.6 million boost
over four years to medical and mental health support
services for those struggling with eating disorders, will also help young people.
“We promised to better support people with eating disorders,
particularly teenagers, so the challenges many experience in their youth, don’t go on to become lifelong
battles,” Mrs Taylor