House debates

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Adjournment

Longman Electorate: Morayfield Health Hub

12:00 pm

Photo of Susan LambSusan Lamb (Longman, Australian Labor Party) Share this | Hansard source

Today, I rise to speak about an exciting new facility under construction in my electorate, the Morayfield Health Hub. This health hub concept is the brainchild of Health Development Corporation. This corporation is a healthcare solutions business run by clinicians and health professionals with a desire to match health infrastructure to the needs of my local community. It is the culmination of the corporation's extensive experience in the healthcare sector. The health hub model, as it is being successfully delivered in two other Queensland locations, focuses on three key areas of development: clinical excellence, healthcare systems and education, training and research. This health hub presents a unique opportunity to truly connect and integrate health services across primary, secondary and acute settings. The model is patient-centred and aims to provide a very seamless experience between multiple service providers. The model also aims, though, to achieve better health outcomes for patients through collaboration and integration of services.

The Morayfield Health Hub project is spearheaded by Health Development Corporation's director and our local doctor Dr Evan Jones. I have met with Dr Jones on numerous occasions and I am really impressed with his passion for finding practical healthcare solutions that will improve the lives of people in Longman. The hub is due for completion in October 2017. The facility will deliver all clinical health services up to the point where the patient needs an overnight stay in a hospital bed. This includes things like general practice; radiology and pathology labs; primary and specialist ambulatory services; acute care and day procedure units; integrated, allied and oral health services; preventative health, diagnostic and medical support services and, of course, our community health services. The benefits of the Morayfield Health Hub are many but, first and foremost, it provides health services that are so desperately needed in my region. It provides healthcare users with a local and convenient facility that will serve a whole range of their health needs. It means that people in my community, in my electorate, who are elderly or sick will not have to travel great distances between facilities to see health providers and other health professionals, or to undergo a variety of different medical procedures. The health hub will also take some pressure off our public health system. The Caboolture hospital, which is just a couple of kilometres down the road, is currently operating at close to double capacity. The number of GPs servicing our local area is less than half the national average. So there is a real need for more health providers in the region and the Morayfield Health Hub will help service that need.

Along with the obvious health benefits of the Morayfield Health Hub, there are other benefits to our community. First among these is the creation of local jobs. There are opportunities for locals to be employed in the construction of the facility and that is being undertaken from the nearby Sunshine Coast—and member for Fairfax was just in this place speaking about his electorate. Locals will have employment opportunities in the day-to-day running of the facility. Many health professionals and admin staff will be required to deliver those health services to patients and workers such as cleaners to maintain the facility and staff for the coffee shops and retail businesses within the facility will also be required. There will also be that positive flow of patronage to local businesses around and near the hub. It is undeniable that the Morayfield Health Hub is a really worthwhile project for the communities of Morayfield and Caboolture and beyond. However, adequate investment in our health-care system like this will inevitably fail to prosper if this hub is not constructed in the first place. If we do not maintain the universality of Medicare, the business model for this type of venture will simply not stack up. Entrepreneurs like Dr Evan Jones would be forced to make a decision not to build this facility, the Morayfield health hub, at all. Where will the many thousands of local people that would utilise the Morayfield health hub go? I will tell you where they will go: they will end up back at the already strained services of the Caboolture Hospital or maybe the undersupplied local general practice facilities.

So I give my commitment to the people of my electorate of Longman and to Dr Evan Jones and others like him that I will fight to ensure that we maintain the universality of our health-care system, I will fight so the system is always adequately funded, and I will always fight to protect Medicare.

Comments

Dwight Walker
Posted on 10 Mar 2017 3:28 pm (Report this comment)

So since most Longman residents are on low-income the business model for health business is to bulk bill on Medicare. That is not sustainable. More healthy people are needed in the area who are on higher wages and pay more for non-bulk billing.

Andrew JACKSON
Posted on 11 Mar 2017 10:24 am (Report this comment)

Dwight need not worry the previous member for Longman assured us that Longman was full of "highly skilled highly payed service sector job vacancies". Of course when a coalition of ALP and minor parties tipped him out he had to seek employment outside of electorate. After all he was at heart a Yuppie Green not a Liberal.

Once again good on Susan for raising issues of local interest and moving away from the issues of the inner city.

IT is interesting to see that Reg Gulley turfed out in the Murrumba State State Seat has been re endorsed even though he voted to retain the CIvil Partnerships legislation rather than as he had promised prior to the election to repeal it.

If Liberal's put up elements of Newman Gang as candidates I will preference ALP ahead of them. Considering my DLP candidature in 1970's kept two Liberal Ministers in their seats and I have handed out How to VOtes for both Nationals (Vince LEster) and Liberals (Don Lane) in past they need to realise that I am precisely the type of voter they need. I will not tolerate their pandering to economic rationalism or playing with Putin supporters.

If they want my vote that need top get back to using regulation to achieve Social Goals and criminalising anti social behaviour.

Andrew Jackson
apjackson@hotkey.net.au

Dwight Walker
Posted on 24 Apr 2017 2:03 am (Report this comment)

The new $100M Morayfield Health Hub is being built opposite Aldi Australia in Dickson Rd, a huge construction built on Medicare funds of patients.

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