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$6.2 million boost: health reform delivering extra beds for Ryde Hospital.



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$6.2 Million Boost - Health Reform Delivering Extra Beds for Ryde Hospital

Joint Release

The Hon Nicola Roxon MP Minister For Health And Ageing

Maxine Mckew MP Member For Bennelong

7 June 2010

The new 60-bed rehabilitation centre, to be established on the Ryde Hospital site as part of the Graythwaite Trust, will be further enhanced with an additional four sub acute beds.

These additional beds are a direct result of the historic health reform agreement reached by COAG in April.

The Rudd Government will provide a total of $2.4 million in capital funding and $1.2 million in recurrent funding to expand bed capacity of the centre - as well as a further $2.6 million to fund specialised equipment needed for the comprehensive therapy services required by these patients.

This funding is part of NSW’s $527 million share of the $1.6 billion the Rudd Government is providing nationally to boost the number of subacute beds by 1,300 by 2013-2014.

The centre will offer enhanced rehabilitation through integrated inpatient and therapy services, including hydrotherapy.

This announcement demonstrates how health reform will deliver results locally and improve access to subacute care.

These reforms will improve the health outcomes and quality of life of patients and reduce the number of Australians unnecessarily admitted to hospital due to a lack of subacute care services.

Funding will flow from 2010-11 to ensure that immediate capacity is delivered into the public hospital systems.

This is a tangible example of how the national health reforms will make a difference to local communities.

The Rudd Government has already provided $500 million to expand subacute care services by 20 per cent over four years from 2009-10. Of this, NSW has received $165.652 million.

For more information on the National Health and Hospitals Network visit www.yourhealth.gov.au.

Preliminary plans for the new rehabilitation centre, can be viewed at http://www.nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au.

For all media inquiries, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220