29 May 2023

Recruiting, and retaining health workers in Tumut will soon be easier with the construction of five new accommodation units for staff at the Tumut Hospital nearing completion.

Health Minister Ryan Park said key worker accommodation is a vital step in attracting healthcare staff to the region, delivering a safe and comfortable place for health workers to stay close to work.

“We know a lack of affordable, accessible accommodation can prevent new and visiting health workers from coming to work at rural and regional hospitals,” Mr Park said.

“The NSW Labor Government is committed to ensuring local communities can access healthcare closer to home, and the installation of this worker accommodation is a key aspect of the recent $50 million redevelopment of Tumut Hospital.

“When ready, the local health service will use the new accommodation for permanent recruits who need to establish themselves in a community, or for well as healthcare workers coming in on a temporary basis,” he said.

Mr Park said the the accommodation is expected to be completed in coming months, with the final internal fitouts, and landscaping, now underway.

The accommodation units are equipped with all the necessities including kitchenettes, comfortable living areas, and ensuite bathrooms.

They are located on the hospital grounds, and have been designed with safety, security, liveability, and comfort in mind.

“Providing accommodation options, such as these units at Tumut, along with a contemporary new facility, will help ensure we can continue to attract healthcare workers where they’re most needed,” Mr Park said.

Murrumbidgee is one of three regional local health districts that will benefit from a $45.3 million investment to deliver modern, sustainable accommodation for health workers.

View images of the accommodation units being installed