State Health Budgets

New South Wales



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New South Wales

Palliative Care


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Northern Territory


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1. Drug and alcohol services: 14 per cent funding increase, including an additional $81m to treat substance abuse.

2. Mental health: $406 million investment that includes 579 additional inpatient services.

3. Melbourne's west and north:  $50m to plan and potentially purchase land for a new Footscray hospital. And funding of $162Million for the Northern Hospital  redevelopment.


1. Victoria's East: a new hospital for Warragul appears to be on the backburner.

2. Ballarat Hospital: There don't appear to be funds to fit out new operating theatres.

At a Glance

The budget has taken some big steps towards addressing services for mental health and for the treatment of drug and alcohol issues.

An $81 million commitment to drug and alcohol services includes 30 new rehab beds and counselling services for 3800 broken families.

The $325.7 million for mental health is the highest ever investment in the area and includes more mental health beds and emergency capacity in hospitals.   It's also the first time the state government has funded Aboriginal-controlled health organisations to provide specialist mental health and drug and alcohol care.

There's also $215 million to overhaul quality and safety in the health system by implementing all recommendations made by Stephen Duckett's review in the wake of the Bacchus Marsh baby deaths scandal.

Funds are slowly being funnelled into growth corridors in the city's north and west with $50m to plan for a new hospital in Footscray and $162m to fund the Northern Hospital redevelopment.  But some hospitals have missed out.   Plans for a new hospital in Warragul have been put on the backburner and there's no funding to fit out empty floors in the Ballarat Hospital with operating theatres.

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