The Liberals’ policies emphasise infrastructure spending in major and regional hospital infrastructure. Funds are provided for the hiring of more doctors, nurses, allied health staff and graduate nurses, as well as upgraded ambulance services.
There is a strong emphasis on mental health, totalling $95M over 6 years, including 25 new Mental Health beds at the RHH, beds for adolescents, as well as step-up, step-down facilities for patients with chronic mental ill-health.
Community Rapid Response Services are to be scaled up in the south, north, and north-west to redirect patients away from hospitalisation.
The policy combined planning for the future of the hospital system, including ambulances, while funding community-based measures to reduce the load on hospitals, which is complementary and future-focussed. The investment in mental health beds appears strong.
Read the Liberal health policies