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Remote QLD town given boost with $8.4M hospital integrating aged care

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Where do you go or residential aged care when you live nearly 2,000 miles west of Brisbane? Now you can stay ‘in town’.

A new facility, which will feature an emergency room, outpatient care, pathology and aged care, will see the previous 40-year-old facility in the town of Julia Creek, 1,640km north-west of Brisbane replaced within a year after the State Government approved the plan.

Mayor of McKinlay Shire Belinda Murphy said the new hospital will mean locals won’t have to leave the area to seek aged care services.

“Because people who spend most of their lives in rural communities have had to go away to be provided with health services or palliative care and that puts a lot of pressure on the families especially when you look at the distances that have to be travelled,” she said.

An investment in keeping families together then.