The Liberal National Government will invest $25 million to upgrade the Peel Health Campus (PHC) in Western Australia, improving important health services for people in Mandurah and the Peel region.
An investment of $21 million through our Government’s Community Health and Hospitals Fund will deliver the expansion of the Emergency Department, the construction of a new Community Mental Health facility and a refurbishment of the Medical Imaging Department.
A further $4 million will also be provided for a residential eating disorder treatment centre.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt congratulated Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie on the result and said the funding will enable the hospital to meet the growing demand in Mandurah and the Peel region.
“Andrew Hastie and the Mandurah community led a strong campaign last year calling for better services at the Peel Health Campus,” Minister Hunt said.
“They shone a light on an important local issue and the Liberal National Government is taking action.
"This $25 million investment demonstrates our commitment to improving health services throughout Australia and to building a world class health system.
“By delivering our plan for a strong economy we can make investments in projects like the Peel Health Campus that West Australians want and need.
“We can only make investments like this through our new Community Health and Hospitals Fund because we’ve got a plan for a stronger economy and we’re bringing the Budget back to balance.”
“I commend the Member for Canning Andrew Hastie and State Member for Dawesville Zak Kirkup MLA for their dedication to the people of Mandurah and to this hospital, it shows the power of what a local community and its government representatives can do by working together.”
The population of Mandurah has doubled since the Peel Health Campus was commissioned in 1997. The hospital currently undertakes 1100 operations per month, delivers 1200 babies each year, and sees 45,000 emergency department attendances per annum.
Mr Hastie and Mr Kirkup collected over 1000 local signatures in their campaign to upgrade the hospital. They also printed yard signs for members of the public to display calling on the state government to improve the hospital. The signs kept count of the time passed since their rally in May 2018, and were updated every ten days.
Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said the announcement was a vindication of the local community’s efforts.
“Today is a victory for the people of Mandurah,” Mr Hastie said.
“In May last year hundreds of local people joined Member for Dawesville Zak Kirkup and I at a rally where we called on the WA Government to properly fund the Peel Health Campus.
“We have kept up the pressure on the state government since the rally, because as everyone in Mandurah knows, we need a better hospital.
“For over 280 days since hundreds of local people have signed our petitions, written letters and put up yard signs, all calling for a better deal for PHC.”
“Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt listened to what our community was saying, and worked with me to find a solution.”
“$25 million from the Morrison Government will be used for a significant upgrade to the Emergency Department, and construction of a new Community Mental Health Facility, which will include a residential eating disorder treatment centre.”
“This is the most significant investment into the Peel Health Campus since it was opened in 1997,” Mr Hastie said.
Established in 2018, the Liberal National Government’s $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Fund supports:
· Specialist hospital services such as cancer treatment, rural health and hospital infrastructure
· Drug and alcohol treatment
· Preventive, primary and chronic disease management
· Mental health
The Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.