Sunshine Hospital | Adjournment

Ms SULEYMAN (St Albans) (19:19:31) — (14 430) My adjournment matter is to the Minister for Health. The action I seek is that the minister update the house on the newly announced funding of over $29 million for the emergency department (ED) at Sunshine Hospital.

The Andrews Labor government understands that the west is growing, including that births at Sunshine Hospital will exceed 7000 by 2026. With the construction of the $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital nearing completion, Sunshine Hospital is becoming a world-class medical precinct.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful, dedicated, hardworking staff at Sunshine Hospital for their fantastic work day in, day out, caring for our community under at times very challenging circumstances. As part of the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital that we are building — we are at the seventh level at the moment, and completion will be by November — the community, in particular the local school community, and I would like to make special mention of Jackson School, have contributed artwork for patients and visitors to see as part of this development. The real point of this is to bring the community together and be part of this project — again, it is thanks to the Andrews Labor government for building, yet again, a hospital in the west.

I have previously mentioned the $29.6 million recently announced for the Sunshine Hospital emergency department, and I ask the minister to update the house on how this funding will address the current circumstances and challenges of the ED at Sunshine Hospital.

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