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Investing in health infrastructure

Investment is needed now

The Government established the Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF) in 2008‑09 to make major capital investments to support the Government's reform priorities in health and hospitals.

The time for such investment is now.

The Government will make significant investments from the Fund in this budget. Funding from the HHF will support economic activity, employment, improve our health infrastructure, and lead to improved health outcomes.

The Government is concentrating HHF funding totalling $3.2 billion on three reform priorities: expanding and modernising key public hospitals and other major infrastructure; funding infrastructure to deliver nationally consistent cancer services; and investing in translational research.

Hospitals and other infrastructure of national significance

The Government will invest $1.5 billion towards upgrading and delivering major new infrastructure for Australia's health system.

The Government will fund 17 major projects across Australia, including:

  • $256 million for a state rehabilitation unit at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia
  • $250 million for the Townsville Hospital in Queensland
  • $200 million for a Health and Medical Research Institute at the Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • $120 million for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in Victoria
  • $96 million for the Nepean Health Services Redevelopment in New South Wales
  • $40 million for an Acute Medical and Surgical Service Unit in Tasmania
  • $28 million for a Northern Territory Medical Program.

Building a world‑class health system

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