The Morrison Liberal Government will deliver $40 million in the upcoming Federal Budget to help fund new paediatric emergency departments in four Victorian hospitals including Geelong University Hospital.
This investment will provide emergency department (ED) facilities which cater to the specific needs of families and children.
In older ED facilities which are not configured to the Current Australian Health Facility Guidelines, children and young people can sometimes be exposed to trauma from adult patients present in the ED. This can include situations where adult patients present with traumatic injuries, mental health conditions or where they may be violent or affected by drugs.
This new paediatric ED will provide a state of the art facility, separate from adult patients, ensuring that young people and children receive the very best of care in an optimal hospital environment. This will deliver improvements in the provision of safe and appropriate care for children and young people, and deliver all round improvements to the experience of children, young people and their families.
In the City of Greater Geelong, it is forecast there will be an 183,000 extra children residing in the area between 2016 and 2031.
Since 2013, the Morrison Liberal Government’s funding (activity based funding) for the Barwon Local Hospital Network which includes Geelong Hospital has increased by 104 per cent – from 110 million when Labor left office in 2012-13 to over $225 million in 2017-18. In this time, activity based funding from the state government has increased by just 54 per cent – from $135.5 million in 2012-13 to $209 million in 2017-18.
The Liberal National Government’s record investment in Medicare has seen an additional 210,662 free GP services being delivered to Corangamite since Labor left office back in 2013, growing from 567,000 GP bulk billed visits in 2013 to over 778,000 in 2018.
Quotes attributed to Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Member for Corangamite:
“As our region continues to grow, it is essential we continue to invest in vital health instructure to meet community needs.”
“This significant investment will deliver state of the art medical services for children, young people and their families at the emergency department at Geelong’s University Hospital.”
“This investment is in addition to the record recurrent funding the Federal Government is providing to Barwon Health which is now $225 million per annum.”
24 March 2019