The State Liberals today made a major health announcement, with an $8.7 million commitment to aged care accommodation and services in Strathalbyn and the surrounding area.
"The Weatherill Labor Government’s neglect of Country Health has been appalling,” said Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.
“While the cost of the new $2.3 billion RAH blew out by more than $600 million, the Government’s neglect of Country Health and the failure to properly maintain Kalimna hostel contributed to its closure.
“Labor kept Kalimna open for two years after they were told it didn’t comply with fire regulations, only to then suddenly close the facility without consultation. The Weatherill Labor Government found more than $600 million to cover the blow out in the cost of the new RAH but they closed Kalimna because they couldn’t find $1 million.
“Now Labor is using its alliance with SA-BEST in the Hills in a desperate attempt to cling on to power for another four years after 16 years of ongoing neglect of our regions.
“In stark contrast, the Marshall Liberal Team has already committed to regional health boards and an urgent campaign to start addressing the multi-million dollar backlog in country capital works.
“Today, we have announced a $1.1 million investment in the Kalimna Hostel that would see the community decide its future – either open it again for accommodation for the aged or transform it into an aged allied health centre.
“If elected, a Marshall Liberal Government will also build a new 24-bed nursing home at Strathalbyn at an estimated cost of $7.5 million to boost the aged care services in the region.”
Stephen Wade said that the Marshall Liberal Team is lobbying the Federal Government to increase the number of nursing home beds in the region. The region is growing – but it is also ageing.
“Under a Marshall Liberal Government, health care in Strathalbyn will be transformed.
“Our announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to back Hills communities. Local MP Isobel Redmond has actively supported the work of the Working Group, providing research which was fundamental to the case the Working Group put forward.
Liberal Candidate for Heysen Josh Teague has been campaigning for Kalimna since he nominated for preselection, before he was even selected as the candidate. He welcomed today’s announcement as a welcome recognition of advocacy for better health services throughout the Adelaide Hills.
“This aged care package will deliver better health outcomes for our older people in Strathalbyn and its surrounds,” said Mr Teague.
“It will relieve pressure from the hospital so our clinicians can focus on the needs of all the community, old and young.
“I’m proud to be part of a team which is focused on providing the very best care for people at every stage of their lives. We're listening, we're committed to Strath, and we care.”