On 11 May 2021, the State Government announced a $100 million funding boost to tackle unprecedented demand in Queensland’s public hospitals.
The $100 million Care4Qld package includes:
- $7.2 million to open an additional 26 beds at Ipswich Hospital
- $5.3 million for an additional 13 beds for patients in West Moreton
- $7.1 million for an additional 26 beds at QEII Hospital
- $20 million for ‘winter bed’ funding to open more beds in areas with the most demand
- $15 million to permanently expand Hospital in the Home services which were temporarily established as part of our COVID-19 response
- $10 million to permanently expand Residential Aged Care Support Services which were temporarily established as part of our COVID-19 response
- $5 million to pilot targeted expansions of post-acute services (including physiotherapists, occupational therapists etc) to support faster and safe discharge from hospital.
- $4 million to support appropriate discharge of long stay patients from hospital and ensuring they receive continued care in the right setting
- $4 million to expand our mental health co-responder model by an additional four teams each year over the next three years.
- $6.5 million reinvestment in successful programs delivered through the Care in the Right Setting Funding Program, including the Rapid Paediatric Sepsis Pathway.
- $5 million for a targeted expansion of the Transfer Initiative Nurse model to support getting our ambulances back on the road faster.
- $2.5 million recurrent to scale up the Patient Access Coordination Hub to a Statewide level and operate 24/7.
See the full statement from the Queensland Government