$15.4 MILLION IN LOCAL CONTRACTS TO BENEFIT HEALTH AND YOUTH CARE

$15.4 MILLION IN LOCAL CONTRACTS TO BENEFIT HEALTH AND YOUTH CARE

Following the 2019 Federal Election and within just five weeks of being sworn back in, the Morrison Government has signed significant agreements that will benefit organisations, youth and health services across Perth’s eastern region.

“Contracts worth $15.4 million will support the first round of local projects under the national $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program,” said Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt AM.

“Our Government is getting on with the job and has a busy and broad agenda, focused on delivering for local communities, families and businesses.”

Local projects and programs to receive immediate support include:

·       $14 million towards St John Urgent Care Centres, including in Midland and Cannington

·       $1 million for the Esther Foundation

·       $400,000 for the Outside the Locker Room program

The new Urgent Care Centres aim to reduce pressure on local hospitals, with experience showing that approximately one-third of patients who attend the centres would usually present at hospital emergency departments.

The funding for the Esther Foundation is the first part of a $4 million, seven-year commitment to support the Foundation’s work with young women, to help them change their lives and build better futures. It will also support a 20-bed expansion of the Foundation’s Gooseberry Hill centre.

The $400,000 for Outside the Locker Room will allow the innovative mental health program to begin its expansion to 500 WA sporting clubs and 250 schools.

“The aim is to improve people’s lives and tackle the impact of a range of health and social issues, while reducing pressure on community and hospital services,” Mr Wyatt said.

“Our Government is committed to investing in critical infrastructure and services which better equip our health and hospital systems to meet local health care needs and make a real difference in our communities.”

Media contact: Nick Way, 0419 835 449

 Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.