The new state budget for 2011/12 has allocated a seismic $11 billion to expand its hospitals and mental health services.
The budget allows for $950.7 million for more hospital staff, services for the mentally ill and 134 mental health beds to be distributed across regional Queensland.
Over 37 million will be used to fund new staff specifically to help the states flood and cyclone victims from earlier this year. This plan comes as a jointly funded program with the state and the federal government Canberra.
New health care facilities will be built in four of Queensland’s cities; Rockhampton, Nambour, Bundaberg, and Toowoomba.
Hospital expansions will see Mackay, Mt. Isa, Cairns, Townsville, and Rockhampton benefit from the allocated $245 million. The budget will also see new pathology and community health centres, and research labs built.
An additional portion of the budget will be expanded over a 3 year process to correct the Queensland health care payroll system.
A large area of concern has been raised with the lack of available staff in regional areas. In order to increase the number of doctors and nurses new staff accommodation will also be built.
$145.8 million will go toward The Princess Alexandra Hospital to continue construction on its scientific medical research institute.