Greater Ipswich is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, with an ever-increasing demand for public health services. The population in the Western Metropolitan Corridor is projected to grow by 37 per cent by 2031, which is 11 per cent higher than the state population growth.
It is anticipated that an extra 100,000 people will call Springfield and Ripley Valley region home in the next five years. This means we need to invest now to create the beds we know we need in the future.
The new Mater Hospital Springfield will be co-located at the existing 95-bed Mater Private Hospital Springfield. As announced by the Palaszczuk Government on 31 May 2021, the State Government will provide an initial $177 million in funding in the next budget for the care of public patients. This partnership will mean more than $1 billion investment by the Queensland Government over the next decade.
Construction is expected to be completed late 2025.
Mater Private Hospital Springfield will continue to operate as normal while construction is underway.
This project alone will create more than 700 jobs during construction and more than 1,000 new frontline health jobs once operational.
The expanded Mater Hospital Springfield will operate under an integrated operating model, delivering healthcare services to both public and private services within the single facility.
Mater has a long history of successfully partnering with the State Government to provide public hospital services for Queenslanders. This partnership enables Mater to continue delivering high quality, compassionate care to those in need.
The expansion will deliver the following infrastructure:
- 174 public overnight and same-day beds, bringing the total number of beds to 233
- Intensive Care Unit and maternity services
- a much-needed Emergency Department
- more operating theatres and endoscopy procedural areas
- increased clinical capability for more complex care to be delivered locally.