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Building first class facilities for Royal Brisbane.



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP

Minister for Health and Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

15 September 2009

Building First Class Facilities for Royal Brisbane

Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, today inspected the construction site for two new operating theatres at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

The $5.1 million facility will enable the Hospital to perform leading-edge, tertiary and interventional surgical vascular surgery - together with trauma, general surgery and many other procedures.

The funding is part of the second stage of the Rudd Government’s Elective Surgery Plan, investing $600 million over four years to improve hospital services and reduce surgery waiting times.

The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is the busiest hospital in Queensland. These new operating theatres will significantly improve its health care capacity.

One is a hybrid theatre and will primarily be used for vascular surgery. The other is an 'integrated theatre' with specialist equipment for laparoscopic and teaching work.

These investments highlight the Government’s strategy of targeting key pressure points in our health system, such as elective surgery and emergency care. These investments will continue to flow while further consultations are conducted on long term reform options.

The Rudd Government is taking concrete steps to improve Australia's health and hospital system after twelve years of neglect by the previous Liberal Government.

Minister Roxon’s visit to Royal Brisbane is the 23rd consultation across the country to road-test the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission's proposed reforms.

The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission report made recommendations for system-wide changes to Australian health care.

The Health Minister outlined the Commission’s recommendations, and met with local health professionals to discuss their priorities to improve health services around the country.

All Australians are also able to contribute to the national debate on our health system via the yourhealth.gov.au website - and full copies of the reports can be found there.

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