Peel Health Campus to get $25m in funding

Peel Health Campus to get $25m in funding

PEEL Health Campus will get $25 million in funding to go towards the emergency department, mental health facilities and an upgrade of the medical imaging department.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is in Mandurah today to announce the funding.

The new Community Health and Hospitals Fund will deliver $21 million for the expansion of the emergency department, construction of a new community mental health facility and refurbishment of the Medical Imaging Department.

Four million will be provided for a residential eating disorder treatment centre.

Mr Hunt said the funding demonstrated the Government’s commitment to improving health services throughout Australia.

The population of Mandurah has doubled since Peel Health Campus was commissioned in 1997.

The hospital currently undertakes 1100 operations per month, delivers 1200 babies each year and sees 45,000 emergency department attendances per annum.

Local politicians Andrew Hastie and Zak Kirkup collected more than 1000 local signatures in their campaign to upgrade the hospital.

They also printed yard signs for community display calling on the State Government to improve the hospital.

The signs kept count of the time passed since their rally in May 2018, and were updated every ten days.

“Today is a victory for the people of Mandurah,’’ Mr Hastie said.

“We have kept up the pressure on the state government since the rally, because as everyone in Mandurah knows, we need a better hospital.

“For over 280 days since, hundreds of local people have signed our petitions, written letters and put up yard signs, all calling for a better deal for PHC.”

This is the most significant investment into the Peel Health Campus since it was opened in 1997.”

Mandurah MLA David Templeman welcomed the funding.

“I understand the money will go towards expanding and reconfiguring important elements of the hospital together with the State Government’s commitments,’’ he said.

“Badly needed upgrades can now be progressed.

“This is a great outcome for the people of Mandurah.”