Healthcare a priority for civil construction

Healthcare and infrastructure are closely interlinked in Australia. Nurses and doctors require high-quality facilities to provide services to the community and in turn, various projects offer good prospects for employment. 

Across the country, state governments have announced their own initiatives to service the healthcare sector and provide opportunities for infrastructure jobs

Health services a priority in Queensland infrastructure strategy

To ensure infrastructure demands meet population growth over the next 15 years, the Queensland Government has drafted a strategic plan, covering five key areas. 

The strategic infrastructure plan will also aim to create a sustainable healthcare system.

As well as upgrading transport in the South-East and tackling disruption in the energy sector, the strategy will also aim to create a sustainable healthcare system. When possible, services will be boosted with technological innovations, making it easier to perform healthcare jobs to a high standard. 

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad explained that private businesses will also be invited to contribute to the draft plan and work alongside the government to tackle future challenges. 

"Rather than being prescriptive, the plan presents the challenges and identifies opportunities without dictating specific solutions, and therefore encouraging innovation and consideration by the private sector, including through Market Led Proposals," she stated.

Western Australia and Tasmania call for more construction workers 

Under the Southern Inland Health Initiative, the Western Australian State Government have dedicated $300 million to refurbish five hospitals in rural communities. Facilities in Manjimup, Merredin, Narrogin, Northam and Katanning will all benefit from the extensive work to critical areas such as emergency departments, outpatient beds and key consultation clinics.

With the high amount of work required and a planned construction commencement date of mid 2016, the State Government is looking to increase its infrastructure recruitment efforts.

"I strongly encourage local contractor participation to build a robust workforce that will contribute to the economic strength of each region," said Regional Development Minister Terry Redman. 

The five hospitals will see improvements in key departments.The five hospitals will see improvements in key departments.

Tasmanian Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma has also expressed a need for construction workers to build housing for disadvantaged families. The project will require over 120 individuals to complete 25 rental homes and 30 affordable units to purchase. 

Among the plans, three rental houses will be built to cater to disabled civilians, with facilities to ensure comfortable and safe living.

Ms Petrusma was confident that the project would create a high amount of economic and social value for the community and help families on lower incomes become home owners.