New precinct for aged care

Cen­tre to bring myr­iad of jobs, train­ing

Central Telegraph - - CQ INDUSTRY -

AUS­TRALIA’S pop­u­la­tion is age­ing, with both the num­ber and pro­por­tion of older peo­ple grow­ing steadily, it is pre­dicted to con­tinue into the fu­ture.

With the pre­dicted pop­u­la­tion growth, the an­nounce­ment of an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional com­mu­nity health precinct for Glad­stone was wel­comed in April 2017 with the Derby St CQUniver­sity cam­pus ear­marked to be con­verted into a 60-bed aged care fa­cil­ity.

A mem­o­ran­dum (MoU) of un­der­stand­ing with Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil, CQUniver­sity and Mercy Health and Aged Care Cen­tral Queens­land Ltd is be­ing for­malised with a tri-par­tite MoU signed be­tween the three in April 2017.

Ini­tial funds to build the fore­casted $28 mil­lion com­mu­nity health precinct has in part come via the Glad­stone Foun­da­tion, which man­ages vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions made by the LNG project pro­po­nents in Glad­stone to­wards so­cial in­fra­struc­ture in the re­gion.

“We as­sessed a fund­ing sub­mis­sion led by CQU for the project in 2016 and the Foun­da­tion awarded the project $500,000, which was matched by CQU’s con­tri­bu­tion of $500,000 for the es­tab­lish­ment of a master plan and a busi­ness case,” Glad­stone Foun­da­tion in­de­pen­dent chair­man Tim Grif­fin OAM said.

“Na­tion­wide there is an ac­knowl­edged deficit in health care pro­vi­sion in ru­ral re­gional and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and this project will bring to­gether pri­vate and pub­lic part­ner­ships to ... sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance health care across the Glad­stone re­gion.”

CQUniver­sity as­so­ci­ate vice chan­cel­lor Glad­stone re­gion Owen Nevin said the de­vel­op­ment would in­te­grate the clin­i­cal prac­tice and the train­ing fa­cil­ity for their stu­dents.

He ex­pects en­rol­ments to in­crease in nurs­ing and other cour­ses, a di­rect re­sult of the health precinct.

Mr Grif­fin said de­spite the ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits of more aged care fa­cil­i­ties for Glad­stone, the real ben­e­fit of the project is that lo­cal health pro­fes­sion­als who train in the re­gion will stay in the re­gion.

Both Tim Grif­fin and Owen Nevin will de­liver a co-pre­sen­ta­tion at the GEA Ma­jor In­dus­try Con­fer­ence high­light­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for lo­cal builders and con­trac­tors to ten­der for the pro­posed com­mu­nity health precinct.

there is a ... deficit in health care pro­vi­sion in ru­ral re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.


PART­NER­SHIPS: Glad­stone deputy mayor Chris Trevor, Pub­lic Trus­tee of Queens­land's Peter Carne and Glad­stone Foun­da­tion's Tim Grif­fin.

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