The positive flow on effects of health infrastructure
29 May 2019
At Sauce we understand the essential nature of infrastructure and services in supporting rural communities and businesses to thrive. So, when we were asked to provide support to NSW Health Infrastructure around community consultation on the redevelopment of the Griffith Base Hospital last year, we jumped at the opportunity. The benefits to rural patients and families of investments in better health infrastructure are easy to perceive, but it can also have many wider benefits.
This was evidenced by research conducted by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), in partnership with NSW Health Infrastructure, into the direct and indirect economic benefits of health capital investment in regional NSW.
The research analysed the economic impacts of major public investments in health facilities in Tamworth and Wagga Wagga. It was pleasing to see that the study demonstrated the positive impact that these investments had on the community and its surrounding areas.
Both areas cited in the study saw a boost in local participation during the construction phase, with 68% of the Wagga construction workforce being local, and a further boost in business activity within the wider community. Further to this, both Tamworth and Wagga Wagga recorded a significant increase in healthcare jobs within their community.
The hospital redevelopments were also shown to have contributed towards the centres being viewed as an increasingly appealing place to live and work. The research demonstrates that the redevelopment of hospitals and related infrastructure can provide a positive flow on effect within regional communities, a good reason for governments to look favourably on such investment in the future.
See the full report here.
Reference: The Regional Australia Institute (2018), Regional Economic Impacts of Public Hospital Investment, Canberra, The Regional Australia Institute.