The Morrison Government is investing record funding across the Northern Territory health system, with a further $95.4 million to deliver a Northern Territory Health Plan.

We understand there are specific health challenges in the Northern Territory and our Plan works to address those in practical ways, delivering more health services that will make a real different to patients.

The funding will support critical hospital and cancer infrastructure and services, mental health treatment, primary and preventive care initiatives that will mean real on‑the‑ground benefits for Territorians.

This Northern Territory Health Plan builds on record funding already delivered to support the Northern Territory health system.

Funding for Northern Territory public hospitals will triple from $152 million in 2012-13 to $306 million in 2019-20 and further to $467 million in 2024-25, under a new hospitals agreement. We are investing $4.1 billion in Indigenous health over four years, there is record bulk billing in the Northern Territory and more than 2000 new medicines have been subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Strong economic management means that the Morrison Government can invest in essential health services for Northern Territory communities.

Our new $95.4 million Northern Territory Health Plan will deliver more doctors, more services and more critical health infrastructure.

The Plan includes new announcements of:

  • $18.7 million to extend the Remote Area Health Corps
  • $14 million for a new adult mental health centre in Darwin including support for people tackling eating disorders
  • $9 million for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diabetic foot complication program
  • $4.5 million to address urgent gaps in knowledge to address HTLV1 virus in Central Australian communities
  • $3.275 million for a staff accommodation block in Tennant Creek
  • $2.3 million for Katherine Hospital Consulting Rooms
  • $750,000 for point of care pathology testing infrastructure.
  • $25.7 million for the Alice Springs Hospital Ambulatory Centre
  • $7.5 million for a new MRI licence at the Darwin Hospital
  • $8.5 million for an enhanced capacity for testing and treating syphilis program
  • $1.2 million for Red Dust to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mental health issues in the NT can access the care that is right for them

The Plan includes announcements from the 2019-20 Budget including:

As part of the Norther Territory Health Plan, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Northern Territory will receive much-needed health care through $18.7 million to extend the Remote Area Health Corps program for a further three years. The program will continue to support health professionals to work in remote health clinics and Aboriginal community controlled health organisations for placements of between three to 12 weeks.

We are also delivering $25.7 million for the Alice Springs Hospital Ambulatory Centre which will deliver a broad range of services including renal dialysis, oncology, obstetrics and gynaecology clinical services and midwifery. The Renal Dialysis Unit will replace the existing 26 chair unit, with a state-of-the-art 64 chair unit.

This increase is a necessary investment to meet the growing need for renal services in central Australia and improve accessibility for patients, ensuring they can get the services they need.

Our plan extends funding to support indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, including:

  • To strengthen Indigenous youth suicide prevention, we are investing $34.1 million, including support for Indigenous leadership that delivers culturally appropriate, trauma-informed care as well as services that recognise the value of community, cultural artistic traditions and protective social factors.
  • A new MBS item was introduced on 1 November 2018 at a cost of $34.8 million over four years that provides an extended fee of $592 per instance of dialysis treatment delivered in remote primary care settings
  • To find a cure for Rheumatic Heart Disease we are providing $35 million over 3 years from the Medical Research Future Fund to the Telethon Kids Institute. This builds on an investment of $24.6 million for RHD prevention through the Rheumatic Fever Strategy.
  • To support Indigenous health research we are providing $160 million for a national research initiative to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and have increased funding for Lowitja, including an additional $10 million in the Budget 2019-20.
  • To drive a national project to increase the low rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians receiving donor kidneys we are providing $2.3 million in additional funding.
  • We are delivering $23 million over three years to the Purple House for continued renal support activity in remote Indigenous Communities
  • Over $6 million of new funding will be used to take broader preventive approaches to health care, including funding for Aboriginal Medical Services.
  • We are investing $34.2 million over 4 years for a range of Indigenous eye health activities.
  • And we have made available free flu vaccines for 170,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adolescents aged five to 14 years who experience a significantly higher burden from influenza infection and are much more likely to be hospitalised with this disease.

All these investment are part of the Morrison Governments broader plan to support Northern territory communities.

The Morrison Government’s NT Health Plan will improve lives, protect lives and save lives.