The Abbott Government is rolling out its drug-test regime in Western Australia and Queensland, with the federal government promising to spend $4.4 million over the next five years on the rollout of the system, with WA likely to take a bigger share of the costs.
The federal government announced on Tuesday the rollout will commence from October 2017.
In WA, the state government will administer the system from 2018, with a final phase of rollout expected in 2022.
It will involve a $2.9 million funding commitment to the Department of Health.
It is the first time the state has committed to a full rollout.
The announcement came as the WA Government released a budget proposal that will deliver $2 billion to the WA Health and Social Care Service, including a $1.8 billion health-care security package, $1 billion to improve regional health services and $1 million to invest in regional education.WA Premier Colin Barnett said the new funding would be spent on frontline health services.”WA has one of the best systems in the country, it has the highest proportion of people who are insured and it has one the best outcomes for people in terms of outcomes for those who are ill,” he said.
“We’ve got the most people who need our support.
So the next two years we are going to have the biggest, best health service in the nation.”
It is going to be an incredibly successful system.
We have one of those systems where if you have a problem with a drug, you get tested.
“Mr Barnett said he was committed to funding a “sustainable” health system.
The budget proposal also includes $100 million to fund the WA Regional Health Authority, which will provide health services to more than 600 people in the regional community.
It includes $250,000 for the WA Disability Service, and $300,000 to the Health Service Commission, which administers WA’s health and social care.
A WA Government spokeswoman said the State Government would also be funding a $500,000 fund for the Health and Welfare Commission.
She said WA would be working with the Federal Government on a regional health funding formula.”
Welfare payments to WA are currently set to decline over the course of the Federal budget,” she said.
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