Builders for health ser­vice short-listed

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The $41.8 mil­lion Onslow Health Ser­vice is ready to get off the ground with Health Min­is­ter John Day yes­ter­day an­nounc­ing builders have been short-listed for the pro­ject.

In Ex­mouth to an­nounce a swathe of ad­vances in health care across the North West, Mr Day said com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion would ben­e­fit from the $194.1 mil­lion North West Health Ini­tia­tive.

“The Onslow Health Ser­vice will in­clude an ex­panded three­bed emer­gency de­part­ment, a six-bed in­pa­tient fa­cil­ity, and a new dig­i­tal imag­ing de­part­ment, with a ded­i­cated pathol­ogy col­lec­tion room. There will also be world-class tele­health links for rapid video ac­cess to emer­gency spe­cial­ists in Hed­land, Kar­ratha and Perth,” he said.

“It will also have pur­pose­built rooms for a den­tal clinic, child health, com­mu­nity men­tal health, com­mu­nity health nurs­ing, phys­io­ther­apy, speech ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and coun­selling ser­vices.”

ADCO Con­struc­tions, Cock­ram Con­struc­tion, Cooper and Ox­ley Builders, and Pin­dan Con­tract­ing have been in­vited to sub­mit de­tailed build­ing pro­pos­als.

The Onslow Health Ser­vice in­vest­ment in­cludes $19.8 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions pro­gram and $22 mil­lion from Chevron Aus­tralia.

NWHI projects in­clude the re­de­vel­op­ment of New­man and Tom Price hos­pi­tals, a re­vamp of Parabur­doo Hospi­tal to im­prove health­care de­liv­ery, de­tailed strat­egy plan­ning in Roe­bourne to pro­vide sus­tain­able ser­vices, six Kimberley and seven Pil­bara tele­health cen­tres, and im­proved pa­tient and clin­i­cal in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment sys­tems.

“This in­vest­ment will trans­form health care in re­mote Pil­bara, Mid­west and Kimberley towns and bring high-qual­ity care closer to home for thou­sands of fam­i­lies,” Mr Day said.

“Along with bet­ter pri­mary care, there will be more ac­cess to pro­grams aimed at pre­vent­ing ill­ness and im­prov­ing well­be­ing.”

The ten­der for con­struc­tion is on track to be awarded in Septem­ber, with build­ing ex­pected to start shortly after­wards.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be com­pleted by mid-2018.

Pic­ture: De­part­ment of Health

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new Onslow Health Ser­vice.

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