The Government aims to provide world-class healthcare to the people of New South Wales. This budget invests in frontline services, neonatal care and mental health treatment in the cities and in the bush.
Here are some hallmarks of the 2018-19 Budget:
- a record $8.0 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to continue the major capital program to provide new facilities, upgrades and redevelopments. New investment includes:
- commencing new capital works at Liverpool Hospital, Griffith Base Hospital, Dubbo Cancer Centre, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital emergency department, birthing suites and theatres at St George Hospital and the next stage of a new health service at Rouse Hill
- investing in the $700.0 million state wide Mental Health Infrastructure Program. This investment will transform existing infrastructure to support new contemporary care models and provide new specialist mental health units for mothers and their babies, children and adolescents, and older people. It will also improve the forensic mental health network and enhance step-up step-down capacity in the community
- commencing the Rural Health Infrastructure Program, including upgrades at Tenterfield, Dungog, Scone and Gloucester Hospitals enhancing hospital builds already in progress at Grafton, Inverell, Manning, Coffs Harbour, Cooma and Bowral
- planning for future works at John Hunter, Nepean Stage 2, Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead Stage 2, Albury Hospital (medical care, obstetric and neonatal services), Canterbury, Bankstown, Shoalhaven (Nowra), Hornsby and Goulburn ambulatory care
- $23.7 million in 2018‑19 to employ an additional 200 paramedics (700 over the next four years) and 13 call centre staff (50 over the next four years) to improve response times, reduce paramedic fatigue and support safety
- increasing frontline health staff, with an estimated 1,370 additional frontline staff across the State, including 950 nurses and midwives, 300 doctors and 120 allied health workers such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and pharmacists
- investing in world-class research and innovation with a total of $115.0 million in 2018‑19 invested in medical and scientific innovations to fight diseases and keep our community healthier. This includes $15.0 million for cardiovascular disease research capacity development and $5.0 million to support treatment of childhood cancer and other diseases
- record $2.1 billion for mental health services including:
- $100 million per year for specialist community mental health support to continue the Government’s 10-year reforms
- $82.5 million for increased admitted and community-based services across NSW.