19 June 2019

One of the largest health projects in NSW is on track to deliver world-class care to local communities for decades to come following the 2019-20 Budget’s commitment to a record $26.7 billion investment in health.

This includes a $2.7 billion spend on health infrastructure in 2019-20, up 27 per cent on last year. This brings the Government’s health capital spending over the next four years to a record $10.1 billion – a 25 per cent increase on last year’s Budget.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard at Westmead to mark a major milestone for the Central Acute Services Building.

“This redevelopment is just one of 200 health projects completed or in progress since 2011 that the Liberals & Nationals Government has funded, and the 2019-20 Budget will ensure the cranes keep moving,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This Government has a strong track record when it comes to delivering new and upgraded hospitals and health facilities, and this year’s Budget is no exception.”

Mr Perrottet said the building, due for completion in 2020, was an investment in the future health of the people of NSW.

“The $1 billion-plus Westmead precinct redevelopment provides NSW with a cutting- edge health, innovation and education precinct,” Mr Perrottet said.

“When the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government promises to deliver world-class health services we do it and our record speaks for itself.”

Mr Perrottet said $10.1 billion, including hospital redevelopments and lease acquisitions, will be invested over four years to continue current works and commence upgrading and building a further 29 health infrastructure projects.

Within the next term, funding will ensure the delivery of four new hospitals on greenfield sites for communities at Maitland, Macksville, Mudgee and in the Tweed.

Mr Hazzard said the record investment in health infrastructure mirrors the never- before-seen funding in services and the frontline health workforce, with 8,300 additional frontline staff over the next four years.

“Whether you’re in the Tweed or in Tumut, Westmead or Wyong, Macksville or Mona Vale, all across NSW, direct and indirect jobs are being created through health builds,” Mr Hazzard said.

“We are future-proofing the health system to ensure no matter where you live in this vast State, you and your loved ones have access to care and support close to home.”

The record $2.7 billion health infrastructure investment in 2019-20 will enable the following works:

  • commencement of new works John Hunter Hospital ($780 million), the Children’s Hospital at Westmead ($619 million) and Tumut Hospital ($50 million)
  • continuing works at Griffith Hospital, Goulburn Hospital, Hornsby Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital
  • new hospital car parks at Liverpool, Shellharbour and Wagga Wagga
  • planning for major projects including Sutherland Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network at Randwick and the Comprehensive Children’s Cancer Centre, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Other highlights of the health capital works investment for 2019-20 includes continuing work on the Nepean Hospital and Integrated Ambulatory Services redevelopment, the Randwick campus reconfiguration and expansion, the Concord Hospital upgrade and the Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment.

The new Westmead building, a collaboration between Westmead Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, will transform healthcare in western Sydney and provide a base for ground-breaking health research to benefit every Australian.

Key features of the new building include:

  • two new emergency departments – one for adults and one for children
  • digital operating theatres
  • expanded imaging, pharmacy and logistics
  • additional patient rooms
  • rducation, training and research embedded into every floor.