2019-20 budget revealed

The Queensland Government has announced a record $19.2 billion funding to the health sector in the 2019-20 budget – a 6.6 per cent (%) increase from the 2018 budget.

This year’s budget focuses on hospitals, with $15.7 billion allocated to Hospital and Health Services, $885.7 million to the Queensland Ambulance Service and an additional $777.7 million to progressing and improving health infrastructure across the State.

Health and Ambulance Services Minister, Steven Miles said the 2019/20 budget has increased funding to keep reducing waiting lists.

“This health budget is about continuing to deliver world class health services to Queenslanders, no matter where they live,” Mr Miles said.

“Keeping the pressure on further cutting wait lists in the face of growing demand and population growth is an essential, key priority for us.”

Where else have health funds been allocated?

  • $167 million for recruiting nurses and midwives into permanent positions
  • $159 million to health and wellbeing promotion aiming to tackle obesity and chronic disease rates
  • $155 million for the Specialist Outpatient Strategy
  • $85 million to the Enhancing Regional Hospitals program
  • $62 million to enhancing suicide prevention and services
  • $28 million for mental health facilities for youth in South West Queensland
  • $25 million to extend Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health program Deadly Choices

$14 million for alcohol and drug treatment services in Central Queensland, including a new rehabilitation and treatment facility in Rockhampton.