New precinct for aged care
Centre to bring myriad of jobs, training
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.