Better health services to support peninsula locals

A re-elected Morrison Government will invest an additional $100 million to better support south-east Queensland patients, with new hospital infrastructure delivering better patient access and critical services.

Additional funding will help improve services, reduce wait times and deliver greater access to cancer care, mental health services. Importantly the new funding will help take the pressure off south-east Queensland’s stretched emergency departments.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP said “for many years now, I’ve been working hard to ensure locals have the infrastructure, resources and opportunities we need to prosper in this great country”.

“I’m proud to be part of a government that has delivered record funding for health since we were elected.”

New services include:

  • $10 million to the Redcliffe Hospital for a new paediatric emergency treatment service. This will provide better care for young patients when they need it most.
  • $10 million for an eight chair chemotherapy unit at Caboolture Hospital. The funding will enable local people to access cancer treatments closer to home.
  • $10.5 million for new Safe Spaces as an alternative to hospital emergency departments to benefit people who present at emergency departments in a state of distress, but who do not require emergency department. This will support the Caboolture Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, The Prince Charles Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

“Redcliffe is the sixth busiest paediatric emergency department in Queensland, so a new paediatric emergency treatment service at the hospital will make a huge difference for our community,” said Luke Howarth MP.

“I also want locals to have better access to chemotherapy and support while they are going through their cancer treatment.

“The last thing people want when they are trying to recover is to travel long distances and to be apart from friends and family.”