Thursday Island Hospital Redevelopment Designs Ready By December 2017

Thursday Island Hospital Redevelopment Designs Ready By December 2017

Queensland Minister for Health Cameron Dick

Thursday Island Hospital Redevelopment Designs Underway

Victor P Taffa

First designs for the $46 Million redevelopment of Thursday Island Hospital and the primary health care centre will be available by early December.

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the redevelopment project was gathering pace following the recent appointment of engineering and design consultancy firm Arup as project manager.

Up to $36 Million for the Thursday Island Hospital redevelopment was announced in the 2016-17 State Budget as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $230 Million Advancing Queensland’s Health Infrastructure Program.

A further $10 Million has been allocated towards the redevelopment of the Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC) by the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service.

Mr. Dick said Arup would partner with independent consultant Destravis Group to undertake extensive consumer and stakeholder consultation on Thursday Island prior to the development of the first designs.

“Central to this project will be the establishment of a Consumer Engagement Group involving traditional owners to ensure the designs are conscious of local consumer requirements.” Mr. Dick said.

“These consultations will allow consumers of our health services to tell us what’s important to them.”

“This feedback will be used to help develop a design that meets consumers’ needs and requirements, and is culturally appropriate for the region.”

“We will also be involving the community in the interior design of the redeveloped hospital and PHCC, including the selection of appropriate local artworks for the facility.” Mr. Dick said.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said the first physical works on the redevelopment of the Primary Health Care Centre and hospital were expected to start in late 2018.

“Redevelopment of the hospital and PHCC will improve primary and secondary healthcare and enable better integration of health service delivery into the communities and across the Torres Strait.” Mr. Furner said.

Mr. Dick said the Thursday Island Hospital and PHCC works would support about 125 construction jobs during the course of the project.

He said the hospital was in need of a makeover even though the facility only dated from 1997–98.

“Due to the hospital’s location on a headland surrounded closely by water, the salt and sea air have been causing deterioration at a greater rate than expected.” Mr. Dick said.

“As such, a redevelopment of Thursday Island Hospital has been identified by the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service as the highest priority for infrastructure investment so as to ensure it continues to meet community needs and expectations.”

Mr. Dick said the $46 Million redevelopment of the Thursday Island Hospital and PHCC was separate to a $17.8 Million program of health infrastructure upgrades either already under way or scheduled to get under way in the Torres Strait region.

These projects include:

  • $10 Million – major refurbishments to 5 primary health centres on Poruma (Coconut), Dauan, Ugar (Stephen) and Masig (Yorke) Islands, along with the St. Paul’s Community PHCC on Moa Island;
  • $7 Million – new Mer Island Primary Health Care Centre;
  • $825,000 – electrical upgrades to several island primary health care centres.

“As a government we’re committed to making Queenslanders among the healthiest people in the world by 2026 and this means improving access to quality and safe healthcare in all its different forms and settings.” Mr. Dick said.

“Palaszczuk Government’s investment on Thursday Island, together with the rest of our multi-million dollar health investment in the Torres Strait region, will ensure health staff has the highest quality facilities from which to deliver their vital services.”