Services to assist with the busy flu season and the rising demand for mental health will get a shot in the arm when the Queensland Government outlines its annual budget tomorrow.
Almost $1.5 billion will be invested in health care on the Gold Coast in 2018-19, as part of a record $18.3 billion allocation for the state’s health services and infrastructure.
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the money will go towards strengthening frontline services and managing rising demand.
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“We are providing $34.5 million in growth funding to help our hardworking doctors and nurses meet the increase in demand for services including emergency department, elective surgery and outpatients,” Ms Scanlon.
“We’re also investing $2 million for the Winter Bed Strategy, to improve emergency access during the busy flu season and winter period.”
Also included in the funding will be $3.9 million for community mental health treatment services as well as $8.7 million to improve gastrointestinal endoscopy services.
Speaking on the eve of the budget announcement, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate outlined his ‘wishlist’, which strangely didn’t include any health-related requests.
Mayor Tate said he would like to see continued investment in light rail, particularly Stage 3 from Broadbeach South to Burleigh.
“I would love to see people who live around Burleigh (be able to) go all the way to Brisbane,” the Mayor said, while adding that he is on board with getting Brisbane’s Cross River Rail up and running to benefit those commuting between the cities.
Also on the Mayor’s agenda is ongoing funding to attract international film and television productions to the south east.
And, a financial commitment for a dive site off the coast.
“I believe we can get it for the same price as HMAS Tobruk, which is around $10 million.
“If the State Government can put in $8 million, we can top it up.”
Treasurer Jackie Trad will outline her first State Budget on Tuesday.