Health investment continues to deliver for Ipswich

12 May 2022

Six new paramedics will support the health and well-being of the Ipswich community as part of the biggest recruitment drive in Queensland Health history.

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said the Palaszczuk Government’s $22.2 billion health investment was delivering record numbers of frontline workers.

“These wonderful workers continue to care for our community and kept us safe during the pandemic,” Mr McCallum said.

“I am excited to welcome our newest recruits to the Ipswich community.

“Our ongoing investment in Queensland’s clinical workforce means we will welcome an extra 9,475 frontline health staff, which includes 5,800 nurses and midwives, 1,500 doctors, 1,700 new allied health professionals and 535 new paramedics by 2024.”

Mr McCallum said the region was experiencing massive growth with the fastest growing population of any hospital and health service.

“The Palaszczuk Government is investing in more frontline staff and a massive redevelopment of Ipswich Hospital and health precinct that is already well underway,” Mr McCallum said.

“We’re delivering $146.3 million for Stage 1 expansion projects which includes our new $91 million, 50-bed Acute Mental Health Unit set to open next year.

“We’ve also delivered a new $25 million, 26-bed ward and refurbished space for allied health, oncology and outpatient care at Ipswich Hospital.

“We’ve also invested $20 million to purchase four buildings and other land to enable future expansion of Ipswich Hospital.

“On top of that, early works are underway at our new Satellite Hospital in South Ripley, and a new ambulance station will be delivered at nearby Ripley.

“Our local community will be further supported by $177 million for a 174 public bed expansion at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.

“These investments will support Queensland’s fastest growing health region now and into the future.”