$2.1 million staff accommodation investment in Mungindi

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women The Honourable Shannon Fentiman
  • New accommodation option for staff at the Mungindi Multipurpose Health Service.
  • The project will deliver six individual ensuite rooms, with shared kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as six covered carparking spaces, fences, landscaping, and security.
  • The new accommodation is designed for both permanent nursing staff, as well as student nursing placements.

A $2.1 million project will get under way next week to deliver new staff accommodation at the Mungindi Multipurpose Health Service, on the New South Wales border.

The old doctor’s house and surgery on the Mungindi MPHS grounds will be refurbished to deliver six individual ensuite rooms with shared kitchen and laundry facilities.

The property will have six carparking spaces, disability access, as well as fencing, landscaping, and security.

The new accommodation is designed for both permanent nursing staff, as well as rotational student nursing placements.

The work will be undertaken by G & K Lawson Pty Ltd of Toowoomba and is funded through Queensland Health’s Priority Capital Works program.

The Priority Capital Works program is designed to fund health infrastructure upgrades and lifecycle replacements to improve services across Queensland’s health facilities.

As part of the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing commitment to critical health infrastructure, $943.5 million was announced for Building Rural and Remote Health Program Phase 2.

We are delivering new health staff accommodation at Camooweal, Normanton, Pormpuraaw, Bamaga, Blackall, Longreach, Barcaldine, Winton, Collinsville, Mount Isa, St George, Charleville, Morven, Hope Vale, Laura, Dajarra, Charters Towers, Biggenden, Gympie and Palm Island, as well as other options in rural and remote regions.

The new accommodation facility is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Quotes attributable to Health and Ambulance Services Minister Shannon Fentiman:

“Our staff in the outer regions of Queensland do a wonderful job amid circumstances that are often challenging, so it’s important that we provide the best conditions for them and support them to deliver vital health services to Queenslanders.

“We know that providing staff accommodation for healthcare workers choosing to move to rural and remote locations improves recruitment and retention and this is just one project in a pipeline of staff accommodation being delivered through QBuild.

“These works are all part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to maintaining and improving health services for Queenslanders no matter where they live.”

“This much-needed investment will help us continue delivering quality, contemporary health services in each of these communities.

Quotes attributable to South West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive, Dr Anthony Brown:

“Sourcing accommodation is a challenge in all rural areas of Queensland, and not just for government employees but also for private sector workers,” he said.

“The Mungindi project, along with the planned accommodation works at Charleville, St George and Morven, will help the South West Hospital and Health Service attract and retain vital health workers, along with helping to reduce ongoing accommodation costs.”

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