Gunnedah and Walcha to receive new rural health staff accomodation units
Gunnedah and Walcha are among two of the first in NSW to benefit from the NSW Government’s funding boost to ensure more modern, stylish and sustainable accommodation units are available for rural and regional healthcare workers.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the accommodation would provide high quality housing close to local health facilities.
“The new accommodation will ensure we can attract and retain the health workers we need at Gunnedah Hospital and Walcha MPS,” Mr Anderson said.
“It is critical that we pave the way for the best and brightest health care workers to come to our hospital, and that means providing affordable housing for our staff.”
Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the first brand new units will be located in Gunnedah, followed by Quirindi, Walcha, Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell and Scone.
“The NSW Government is investing more than $75 million to deliver health worker housing and accommodation across the state, making the opportunity to live and work in and rural and region NSW even more inviting to our healthcare staff,” Mrs Taylor said.
“It is wonderful to see this initiative taking shape in the Hunter New England Local Health District, and I’m excited to share that the first units will open in the region in coming months.
“Each year, our local health districts divert funds to offsite accommodation that’s safe and comfortable for visiting specialists and medical staff while they’re providing essential health services to our communities.
“The savings generated by this initiative will be reinvested into delivering vital health services for our rural and regional areas.”
Chief Executive for Hunter New England Local Health District, Michael DiRienzo said the accommodation units have been designed to minimise environmental impact.
“Our new accommodation units are based on sustainable design principles that maximise year-round comfort and reduce running costs. Everything from the framing to fit-out has been built with recycled products,” Mr DiRienzo said.
“I’m confident our specialists and contract staff will appreciate the effort put into ensuring these units are comfortable, private and close to each health facility.”
The NSW Government has invested more than $75 million in total to deliver health worker housing and accommodation in the Hunter, Western NSW, Southern NSW, Murrumbidgee and Far West Local Health Districts.