Country general hospitals and the capital infrastructure program
The South Australian rural public health system is undergoing a renewal phase. Funded by the Australian Government and the State Government of South Australia, redeveloped country general hospitals at Berri, Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln, and Whyalla are underway.
The four country general hospitals will manage the majority of country health care needs so that patients can receive health services closer to their family and support networks.
These hospitals will also develop an increased capacity for:
- general health care.
Resulting in additional capacity for teaching in these regions.
Funds were also committed by the Australian Government and State Government of South Australia for health service capital works including:
- Mount Barker maternity facilities, with three birthing suites, eight upgraded single rooms, new consulting area and step-down nursery.
- Port Pirie GP Plus Health Care Centre, to provide a central hub of services for the community to prevent and manage chronic disease and keep South Australians out of hospital.
- South Coast Primary Health Care Precinct, new primary health care centre and therapy facilities with shared reception with adjoining hospital at Victor Harbor.
- New and enhanced regional cancer services including the establishment of a Regional Cancer Centre in Whyalla and 14 health services with a designated chemotherapy unit throughout regional South Australia.