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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 125

Mr GOODENOUGH (Moore) (13:49): Joondalup Health Campus recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The major hospital is located in my electorate but essentially services patients from three neighbouring federal electorates, namely Moore, Pearce and Cowan. The Joondalup Health Campus is operated under a public-private model by Ramsay Health Care, and I wish to acknowledge the dedicated team of staff, led by CEO Kempton Cowan, for its contribution in delivering a very high standard of health care for our community.

On 3 June, I was invited to attend the opening of the new Telethon Children's Ward, the latest addition to the hospital, which was delivered on time and under budget at a cost of $12.1 million. Located in one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, with a 60 per cent projected increase in population over the next 20 years, there exists significant need for increased capacity through an expansion of the facility to ensure that our community has adequate health care. A master plan has been prepared, providing a blueprint for a $375 million future expansion leading to 2026. In the shorter term, however, capital funding of approximately $113 million is required to construct the first stage of the upgrade, comprising eight new operating theatres, 90 new public hospital beds and expansion of the emergency department. I make the case for the federal government to provide capital funding for the expansion of Joondalup Health Campus.