2020 WA Budget Summary of Health Announcements

Friday 09 Oct 2020

Total Health Budget

  • Budget increased from $9.423 billion to $9.649 billion – 2.35% increase
  • Public hospital budget up from $4.336 billion in 2019 to $4.510 billion in 2020 – 3.86% increase
  • Public hospital FTE staff: 18,296 in 2019 to 18,538 in 2020 – 1.4% increase in staff
  • Public hospital emergency services budget up from $841 million 2019 to $875 million in 2020
    • FTE staff: 2,681 in 2019 to 2,724 in 2020
  • Public hospital non-admitted services budget up from $526.7m in 2019 to $534.6m in 2020
    • FTE staff: 3,696 in 2019 to 3,731 in 2020
  • Aged and continuing care budget up from $184.5m in 2019 to $224.3m in 2020
    • FTE staff: 1,006 in 2019 to 1,024 in 2020
  • $47m committed to maintenance works stimulus package 2020-21, $19.6m in 2021-22
  • Asset Investment Program spend increased by 289% from $150.1m in 2019-20 to $433.7m in 2020-21
  • Asset Investment Program 2020-21 to 2023-24: 4% health

Mental Health

  • $306 million additional funding for mental health services, including:
    • Mental Health Commission budget increased $947.4m in 2019 to $1.012m in 2020 – 7.5% increase in funding
      • $4.4 million committed to the WA Suicide Prevention Plan 2021-25, and $9 million p/year in the forward estimates
    • Total Mental Health Services budget increase from $763.4 million in 2019 to $798.3 million in 2020
      • FTE staff: 4,301 in 2019 to 4,341 in 2020
      • $68.9 million to address increased demand for mental health hospital services
    • Community bed-based services budget up from $56.9m in 2019 to $87.8m in 2020
    • Cost per bed-day in mental health Step Up/Step Down increase: from $545 to $627
    • Cost per day of closed treatment AOD increase: from $14,166 to $15,755 per day
    • Previous announcements that form part of the $306 million include:
      • New Mental Health Commissioner
      • $52.6 million on suicide prevention initiatives such as the Suicide Prevention Action Plan
      • $24.5 million for a new 20-bed adult community care unit
      • $25.1 million for a new 16-bed youth mental health facility
      • Regional Step Up/Step Down facilities in:
        • Kalgoorlie, 10 beds opening in early 2021
        • Geraldton, 10 beds opening in early 2021
        • Karratha, 6 beds opening in late 2021
        • Broome, 6 beds – unknown opening date
      • Mental health and drug abuse ‘recovery college’

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