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A Shorten Labor Government will deliver better mental health, aged care, rehabilitation and maternity services for the people of Perth by investing in a major redevelopment of the Bentley Health Service.

Labor will invest $10.9 million to renovate and refurbish the ageing specialist hospital to ensure the growing local community in Perth’s south is getting the best possible care.
The 199-bed facility was built in the 1960s and the majority of hospital buildings remain in their original condition. As a result, the campus requires a major upgrade to ensure the safety and comfort of both patients and staff.
The hospital is already struggling with the impacts of increased population and activity – and the area is projected to grow rapidly over the coming decade.
A Shorten Labor Government’s investment will deliver:

  • Upgrades to Maternity Services to reduce wait times, improve pain management services and increase patient privacy;
  • Major improvements to Mental Health Services to improve security and amenity for patients, including outpatients;
  •  Upgraded facilities for rehabilitation patients; 
  • Better patient and visitor access through renovations of the entrance and waiting areas; and
  • Better facilities for doctors, nurses and other hospital staff, including upgrades to the staff dining room.

Labor believes that Western Australia deserves its fair share of health funding. Every WA resident is entitled to quality and affordable health care when they need it. That’s why will improve local health services through our $2.8 billion Better Hospitals Fund.
Labor believes in a fair go for WA. We fought to make sure WA receives its fair share of GST funding, but a fair share doesn’t end with the GST.
Western Australia deserves its fair share of funding for Medicare and hospitals – not Scott Morrison’s cuts to Medicare and hospitals. 
When he was Treasurer, Scott Morrison extended the Liberals’ Medicare freeze, which has forced up health care costs for all Australians.
And Morrison cut $77 million from WA’s public hospitals – which means fewer doctors and nurses, and longer waiting times for patients.
A Shorten Labor Government will reverse Morrison’s cuts to WA’s public hospitals, ensuring our emergency departments and hospital wards have the doctors, nurses and hospital staff to keep up with record demand.
Unlike Morrison and the Liberals, who are only for the top end of town, Labor will deliver a fair go for Western Australia by giving WA it’s fair share of health funding.

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