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The largest health budget in Queensland’s history of $23.6 billion will deliver new hospitals and expand existing hospitals. It will recruit more doctors, nurses and frontline health workers and fund better health services for rural and regional centres.

Health workers remain on the frontline of Queensland’s nation-leading response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Day after day, shift after shift, they have worked tirelessly to help keep Queenslanders safe. The Budget will continue to support their efforts by increasing capacity to meet the demands of our growing state.

HIGHLIGHTS

2,200

additional overnight beds across 15 facilities over the next 6 years

$1.5B

health capital spend in 2022–23

$22B

in 2022–23 for health and ambulance services, supporting thousands of frontline jobs

$1.6B

for mental health over 5 years plus an additional $28.5 million in capital funding to support the Better Care Together plan for mental health, alcohol and other drug services

$943.5M

over 7 years to extend the Building Rural and Remote Program to upgrade infrastructure in rural and remote areas

$333.7M

over 10 years supporting the Royal Flying Doctors Service and $60.3 million for the Queensland Regional Aeromedical Hub

$73.9M

towards critical Queensland ambulance infrastructure projects

UP TO $40M

to provide free influenza vaccinations for all Queenslanders up to 30 June 2022

Royal Flying Doctor Service

10-year funding flight path

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) lands on average 10 times a day at Brisbane, transporting regional patients to the care they need.

A new 10-year, $333.7 million deal between the Queensland Government and the RFDS will safeguard the links between regional Queenslanders and medical treatment.

The announcement provides certainty to RFDS to operate and meet the future needs of Queenslanders.

An additional $60.3 million will also be provided to the Brisbane Airport Corporation’s $72 million medical infrastructure upgrade.

The new base is a 14,470m² multi-tenanted facility located at Brisbane Airport. It will accommodate the RFDS, LifeFlight and Queensland Health facilities.

It will also feature new patient transfer facilities, state-of-the-art hangars for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, training and administration areas.

Construction of the new hub will support an estimated 200 jobs and a further 220 direct jobs that will contribute an annual economic benefit to the state of $100 million. The base is scheduled for completion in April 2024.


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Photo courtesy of Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd
Flu jabs

Free flu jabs for every Queenslander

COVID-19 measures had reduced flu cases to almost nil since 2020 but more than 4,000 cases were reported in the first half of 2022.

To combat the severe outbreak of Influenza A, and alleviate the pressure on the healthcare system, free flu vaccinations have been offered to all Queenslanders.

The defensive action was backed by professional pharmacy and medical bodies with GPs and pharmacies administering the free vaccinations that are available until the end of June 2022.

More than 500,000 Queenslanders have been vaccinated against the flu since the start of the program.

Morayfield station to boost emergency response

A new $6.2 million ambulance station in Morayfield will provide better access to pre-hospital healthcare for local communities and help improve emergency response times across the Moreton Bay region.

The 24-hour station is currently being built and is expected to be fully operational in mid- 2024. The site provides good access to major arterial roads to enable the station to support coverage of the Metro North Local Ambulance Network. The station will employ 17 paramedics and an Officer-in-Charge, with its location on Morayfield Road allowing for future expansion.

Morayfield is one of 6 locations across Queensland to benefit from the government’s $37.3 million investment into new and replacement ambulance stations over the next 3 years. This investment will significantly increase community access to emergency healthcare services and ensure our paramedics have world-class amenities. Collectively, these infrastructure projects will support around 85 construction jobs.

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Last Updated: 20 June 2022