Labor’s Health Plans for the City and Inner Suburbs

Royal Adelaide Hospital

  • Invested $2.2 million to upgrade the Royal Adelaide Hospital ED triage and waiting room to help clinicians treat patients faster and improve flow and ambulance ramping while increasing waiting room seat numbers from 36 to 48.
  • Established a rapid assessment and intervention zone at the RAH ED, which includes seven chair spaces and one bed, allowing for increased assessment and intervention at the front of the emergency department.
  • Opened the Acute Assessment Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, which enables some patients to be immediately admitted straight from the ED, or from a GP referral. The service provides faster care and treatment for people and improves flow in the hospital.
    $120 million for a New Ambulance Station and Ambulance Headquarters in the CBD
  • Including 24 paramedics (12 in July 2024 and 12 in July 2025)
  • 15 more emergency medical dispatchers (10 delivered in July 2022; 5 more in July 2024)


Future-proofing The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

  • A $44 million new 24-bed mental health rehabilitation unit on new land compulsorily acquired directly across from the hospital. This will complement the Hospital’s $314 million Stage 3 Redevelopment which was funded, planned, and announced by then Health Minister Peter Malinauskas in 2017.
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s new Clinical Services Building is due to be completed mid-2024.
    The five-level Clinical Services Building includes:
  • An Emergency Department that will be almost 50 per cent larger than the existing with 46 emergency department bays
    • 12 operating theatres with recovery areas
    • 14 intensive care unit beds
    • A 52 bed rehabilitation facility
    • Cardiac catheter lab and procedural suite
    • Clinical support services including expanded medical imaging and pathology


Delivered a new Headquarters for BreastScreen SA via a $6.5 million redevelopment at the old Wakefield Hospital

New Ambulance Stations at Woodville and Norwood

  • With 16 paramedics at Woodville in November 2023.
  • 16 Paramedics and 12 ambulance officers already online at Norwood as of July 2022.
  • Norwood Ambulance Station is due for completion in mid-2024 and Woodville Ambulance Station by the end of 2024.


24/7 Pharmacy


  • We are supporting three pharmacies across Adelaide including National Pharmacies Norwood to open their doors 24/7 providing medication and care when South Australian families most need it and helping to reduce pressure on hospitals.


Women’s and Children’s Hospital

  • We are investing in works to further sustain the Women’s and Children’s Hospital whilst planning is underway for a bigger and better new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • We have invested $30.8 million over four years to make the WCHN Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service a permanent ongoing service, which connect patients with highly skilled emergency doctors and nurses who can assess and provide medical advice for children, aged between 6 months and 18 years.
  • We have opened the new virtual Women’s Assessment Service for South Australian women with symptoms of early pregnancy loss or gynaecological concerns to have the choice to receive treatment from the comfort of their own home.


The Malinauskas Labor Government is also investing in more doctors and nurses at the current Women’s and Children’s Hospital including:

  • 48 additional doctors and 12 specialty cancer and mental health nurses to boost capacity and relieve pressures on the hardworking staff at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • At least five additional child psychiatrists and 10 additional child psychologists to work in the Child and Adolescent Mental
    Health Service.


New Women’s and Children’s Hospital

  • $3.2 billion for a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital on the Thebarton Barracks site, building a bigger and better hospital and preserving RAH West for future expansion of the RAH.
  • 56 additional overnight beds, with future capacity for a further 20.
  • 10 more mental health beds


Urgent Care Clinics (UCCs)

  • The Federal Government is partnering with the Malinauskas Government to open five Medicare UCCs in SA. The Western Medicare UCC is now open at the Old Port Road Medical and Dental Centre.