Former Brisbane hospital to be redeveloped into Indigenous health and aged care hub

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A disused Brisbane hospital is set to be redeveloped into an Indigenous health and aged care centre if the Queensland Government’s plans come together.

State Member for Lytton, Joan Pease, announced the Wynnum Hospital – which closed in 2013 – will be gifted to the Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation (WINNAM) once a business case has been submitted and assessed by October 2022, The Courier Mail reported.

The State Government will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the site to support WINNAM in their planning.

“WINNAM came to me with their goal of building and operating an integrated indigenous health and aged care hub, I knew that this site would be perfect,” Ms Pease told the paper.

WINNAM chair Rebecca Thomson echoed the local member’s optimism and said the innovative concept would be a massive asset to the Indigenous community.

According to 2016 Census data, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people make up 2.9% of Wynnum’s population.

Image credit: Facebook / WINNAM

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