Creating a world-class health system

Labor is creating a world-class health system, with every major hospital upgraded. 

We’ve developed a state-of-the-art health and biomedical precinct with the world-leading new Royal Adelaide Hospital at its centre.

We’ve doubled the number of nurses and more than doubled the number of doctors.

Labor has made significant investments in our public hospitals, with major upgrades to every metropolitan public hospital and every major country hospital in South Australia.

We’ll continue to invest heavily in our health infrastructure, with more than $1.2 billion committed to in the 2017-18 State Budget to ensure our public hospitals remain world-class. 

Labor will continue to transform the west end of North Terrace with further investments in our Health and Biomedical Precinct. 

We will build a new $528 million Adelaide Women’s Hospital, co-located with the new RAH.

The hospital will represent a new chapter in our health system, where South Australian mothers and their newborns will access the highest national standard of dedicated maternal and neonatal services. 

Building the new Adelaide Women’s Hospital is expected to create 1900 full-time equivalent jobs for South Australians during the life of the project.

The existing Women’s and Children’s Hospital site will also be upgraded to enhance facilities, while a future site will be identified by the end of 2019 for a new, dedicated Children’s Hospital at the Health and Biomedical Precinct.

We know that keeping our children, families and communities out of hospital means a better, more prosperous state.

That’s why we’ll invest in a range of initiatives to support South Australian children, giving them the healthiest start to life and providing them with the best opportunities to succeed.

We know that vaccinations save lives, so we will continue to push ahead with our “no jab, no play” laws, and improve access to vital vaccinations.

Labor will also invest in the physical wellbeing of our children, tackling childhood obesity and diabetes.

We stood up to the Federal Liberal Government when it slashed millions of dollars from South Australia for preventative health initiatives.

We will continue to hold the Federal Liberal Government to account for prevention and primary health, as is their responsibility

We know, however, that preventable conditions are of rising concern, and when the Federal Liberal Government drops the ball our public hospitals are flooded with avoidable presentations.

For this reason, a State Labor Government will invest in preventive health measures to keep South Australian adults and children healthy, happy and out of hospital.

We will invest in new mental health and drug addiction community outreach services, new programs focussing on suicide prevention, and establish a new specialised service for people with Borderline Personality Disorder. 

We will stand up for South Australians with mental illness, and their loved ones, by reversing the Federal Liberal Government’s cuts to the Intensive Home Based Support Service.

We will continue to advocate for fair and sufficient Federal funding for primary and preventative mental health initiatives.

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✔ Continue to support SAHMRI in its ground-breaking research.

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✔ Support our nurses and midwives to work to the full scope of their practice, because we believe they have a critical role to play in the effectiveness of our health system.

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✔ Push ahead with our “no jab, no play” laws, and improve access to life-saving vaccinations.

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✔ Fund new mental-health and drug-addiction community outreach services.

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✔ Invest in preventive and community health measures to keep South Australian adults and children healthy, happy and out of hospital.

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✔ Fund new suicide prevention initiatives.

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