The new state-run community hospital will open in the western Sydney suburb of Brunswick, with the help of an estimated $12 million in funding from the Government.
Key points:The new community hospital in Brunswick is expected to open in 2019The Government has committed $12.5 million to the projectThe Government will provide $12,500 to cover the cost of opening the new community health facilityDr Peter Tarrant, a former head of the New South Wales Department of Primary Health and Social Services, said the project would provide a “sensible, safe, cost-effective, and inclusive model for community health”.
“This hospital is part of a growing network of community health facilities across NSW,” he said.
“It will complement and complement our existing community health system and help us to keep patients and families in our state safe and healthy.”
Dr Tarrance said the hospital was a model of “providing care in a way that minimises the impact of our ageing population”.
“We have the opportunity to provide services to a much larger population than we have in the past and with greater flexibility and control,” he added.
Dr Tarek Keshav, an expert on community health at the University of NSW, said it was important for patients to be “aware of the risks and the opportunities” of accessing care in the community.
“They will know the health risks, the risk of infection, and the possibility of adverse outcomes if they are not seen,” he told the ABC.
“We will be providing care in terms of risk management, risk assessment, and management of adverse events.”
Dr Keshap said the Government had committed $9 million to build the community health centre.
“If we had a hospital in Melbourne, that would cost $30 million,” he explained.
“The Government is committed to the building of this facility in Brunswick.”
So this hospital is a good example of a public health infrastructure project that is being built.
“Mr Tarrants comments follow a report released by the NSW Government last year, which suggested Brunswick’s new community medical facility would cost between $3.2 million and $5 million.
Dr Kelvin Gonsalves, director of the Institute for Health and Wellbeing, which commissioned the report, said funding for community hospitals was critical to the health of communities and their families.”
What we’re seeing now is the potential of the Federal Government to put money into this community health hospital in the same way they have done for hospitals in Sydney and Victoria,” he says.”
There’s not enough of it.