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New investments in
regional hospitals and
health care

The Government has committed an unprecedented $2.9 billion to regional health infrastructure over the last three years to provide a much needed boost to regional hospitals and health care facilities.

Unprecedented investment in regional health infrastructure

The Government is providing $1.8 billion over 6 years to deliver on the regional priority round of the Health and Hospitals Fund. This includes $1.33 billion for 63 projects across Australia and $475 million for a further regional priority round to help ensure that regional hospitals and health services receive critical upgrades to their infrastructure.

The regional priority round builds on the $1.1 billion allocated in the previous HHF rounds to upgrade regional hospital infrastructure and invest in regional cancer centres, giving a total of $2.9 billion in HHF funding dedicated towards regional projects.

Investing in areas of national priority

These investments are consistent with the Government's health reform priorities and will improve acute care facilities and primary health infrastructure by:

  • expanding new facilities and patient accommodation services so that patients can access care closer to home;
  • improving acute care facilities and primary health facilities at local health centres to better treat chronic diseases; and
  • directing funding towards infrastructure catering for mental and dental health care.

Percentage of $5 billion HHF funding rounds, 1, 2 and 3, by jurisdiction

Photo: Percentage of $5 Billion HHF funding rounds, 1, 2 and 3, by jurisdiction