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14 June 2018


Minister for Health

Over $475 million to improve health and hospital infrastructure

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to delivering better health infrastructure for all Tasmanians.

The State Budget includes over $475 million to take health in this state to the next level.

Importantly, our capital upgrades includes almost $280 million to finalise the vital $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment. The project remains on track for practical completion in mid-2019.

$162 million will deliver an infrastructure boost at all 4 of Tasmania’s major hospitals over the next 6 years. This includes:

  • $28 million for ward upgrades at the Royal Hobart Hospital, post-redevelopment
  • $3 million for RHH air conditioning upgrade
  • $87 million for the redevelopment at the Launceston General Hospital, including a new inpatient ward and a women’s centre
  • $1.4 million for LGH air conditioning upgrade
  • $500,000 for the North West Regional Hospital air conditioning upgrade
  • $2.1 million for NWRH Antenatal Clinic
  • $35 million for capital upgrades at the Mersey Community Hospital
  • $5 million for improved car parking at the Launceston General Hospital

The Budget also includes significant funding of $15 million to upgrade rural hospitals and ambulance stations, as well as $12 million for brand new ambulance stations at Burnie and Glenorchy and $1.1 million for the Smithton Ambulance Station training facilities.

The Government is proud to support other rural and regional areas with funding for much-needed upgrades, including:

  • $10.5 million to roll out Stage 2 of the King Island Hospital redevelopment,
  • $2.5 million to support better patient care at the Midlands Multipurpose Centre, and
  • $500,000 to upgrade accommodation for health professionals at Flinders Island.

Our health infrastructure spend is all about building a better future for all Tasmanians and ensuring patients and staff have access to quality facilities.