Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

CQ Health Sets 2030 Goal

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

CQ Health Sets 2030 Goal

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Byline: Sarah Steger

2030 goal for Gladstone:

Deliver more than $110m capital investment with a new emergency department.

Complete a new regional mental health step-up step-down service.

Improve CQ out-patient facilities and capacity.

Support development of surgery units and improve hospital resilience.

Establish a health research foundation in partnership with regional universities.

Establish Gladstone Hospital as a comprehensive general hospital with an expanded range of excellent surgical services.

Provide broad range of maternity, medicine and women's and children's services for Gladstone and Banana regions.

Invest in ambulatory care support.

CUTTING down the number of patients forced to travel long distances for healthcare by 10,000 is one of Queensland's chief health provider's ambitious goals.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services chief executive Steve Williamson yesterday announced the draft strategy aimed at improving health, accessibility, quality of care and collaborative partnerships for CQ hospitals by 2030.

Mr Williamson said focus had been put on Gladstone Hospital's new Emergency Department building, a major shift in accessibility and a new CQ mental health step-up step-down service.

Acknowledging Destination 2030 as an ambitious plan, Mr Williamson said the "real-ness" of it was important to him.

"It's a draft vision of our future and we want people to be as involved as possible over the next five-week consultation period."

The new $42 million emergency department building, set to start undergoing construction in about two months, was credited with having a positive effect on staff as well.

"It'll be a great environment to receive care in but it will also boost staff morale . …

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