Our vision is for a robust hospital and health service that includes fit-for-purpose spaces, interconnected buildings, multi-disciplinary health services, research, education and community partnerships.
West Moreton has the highest population growth in Queensland with the population across Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Ipswich expected to almost double to more than 588,000 by 2036. As a result, the number of public hospital admissions for West Moreton is expected to increase 207 per cent by 2036.
As the West Moreton community expands over the next 15 years, we are committed to transforming and optimising our care through service redesign, research and innovation to continue to meet the healthcare needs of our growing and diverse community.
West Moreton Health has developed a staged approach to delivering new infrastructure, services and models of care in a co-design partnership with our staff, community and other healthcare providers.
The Queensland Government has provided $146.3 million under the Building Better Hospitals program to develop the first stage of the master-planned Ipswich Hospital expansion and health precinct.
The staged development is responding to the significant growth in demand for healthcare by bringing our Ipswich-based acute, non-acute, outpatient and community services together in modern facilities with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
Under Stage 1 of the master-planned Ipswich Health Precinct we have:
- purchased several inner-city properties for future development
- completed an expansion of Ipswich Hospital which created:
- a 26-bed medical and surgical ward
- a patient transit lounge
- Allied Health Services Outpatient Unit
- Oncology Day Unit
- begun construction of a new Acute Mental Health Unit across the road from Ipswich Hospital on Chelmsford Ave
- opened a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging suite at Ipswich Hospital.
To find out more, read the Stage 1 West Moreton Health Master Plan Stage 1 fact sheet.
The Acute Mental Health Unit currently under construction on Chelmsford Ave will provide a fit-for-purpose environment for the delivery of person-centred, contemporary models of mental health care.
Designed to reflect a residential environment, this purpose-built unit will give consumers access to internal courtyards, gardens and outdoor areas, and multiple barbecue areas for families, to support their recovery and wellbeing.
We have partnered with health consumers, carers and expert clinicians to ensure the unit provides a safe space to improve wellbeing.
The ground level will contain offices and limited parking for government vehicles. There will be two clinical floors. On the top level, an enclosed bridge will link the new unit with level 6 of the Ipswich Hospital for the safe movement of consumers, staff and deliveries.
The Acute Mental Health Unit will open in late 2022 and will mark the completion of stage one of our Master Plan.
Once the new Acute Mental Health Unit is opened and operational, the current Mental Health Unit at Ipswich Hospital will be demolished. This land will be held in reserve for future development.
West Moreton Health aims to be a good neighbour as we build this new facility and deliver our Master Plan. We know construction can affect nearby residents and we will continue to do all we can to minimise impact. We meet regularly with residents to ensure they are informed about the project and enabled to provide feedback on design elements and other aspects of construction.
We regularly hold community forums to provide project updates to nearby residents. For more information, please email WMCommunications@health.qld.gov.au.
Name the Crane competition winner
Eleven-year-old Theodore, from Mutdapilly State School, has taken out first place in the Ipswich Hospital - Acute Mental Health Unit Name the Crane colouring competition.
Thanks to Theodore’s creativity, the tower crane that is supporting the delivery of the Acute Mental Health Unit project is now known as ‘Sir Fix-a-Lot’.
Hosted by BESIX Watpac and West Moreton Health in 2021, the competition called on local primary school-aged children to suggest potential names for the crane that towers over the construction site.
The 80m tower crane and 55m luffing boom is capable of lifting loads up to eight tonnes and will remain on site until early 2022.
Congratulations to our winner, and a big thank you to everyone who participated.
For more information, visit https://www.westmoreton.health.qld.gov.au/node/767
West Moreton Health is working towards increasing our capacity to deliver more complex specialist care to the community. This will allow consumers to be treated closer to home instead of travelling outside the region for essential healthcare. Currently, one in three consumers are treated elsewhere.
West Moreton Health is committed to developing health precincts that meet consumers’ needs, using technology and innovation to provide services more efficiently and sustainably. This means doing things differently in the future. The overarching vision for the Ipswich Health Precinct will bring all of our Ipswich-based services together within a 250m radius of Ipswich Hospital.
In the short, medium and long term, we are working to identify the mix of infrastructure, services and digital solutions West Moreton Health will need to meet future demand in acute, non-acute, outpatient and community health settings.
West Moreton Health has completed a $2.4 million preliminary business case, which identifies the infrastructure and services needed to deliver complex care to our growing population under Stage 2 of the Master Plan.
The next stage of our master-planned expansion would benefit consumers by improving:
- access to healthcare
- health outcomes
- consumer and staff satisfaction
- safety in healthcare delivery
- sustainable healthcare delivery
- healthcare environments that are built fit-for-purpose
- the local economy.
The Ipswich Hospital Expansion Stage 2 proposes a staged redevelopment of the Ipswich Hospital site on Chelmsford Ave and the Ipswich CBD site bordered by Roderick and South streets.
The Queensland Government has begun planning the creation of a $24.5 million Alcohol and Other Drugs withdrawal management and rehabilitation service and delicate facility for adults in Ipswich.
The facility will provide 10 withdrawal management beds and 35 residential rehabilitation beds.
We are working with the Department of Health to find a suitable location in Ipswich.
This is expected to open in mid 2023.
A satellite healthcare facility at South Ripley will ease demand on Ipswich Hospital and provide care closer to home for residents in this residential growth corridor.
With the Queensland Government, West Moreton Health has begun planning this facility at South Ripley, supporting public healthcare delivery and providing better care closer to home.
Work is underway to find the right mix of services to provide:
- outpatient services
- treatment for minor injuries and illnesses
- virtual healthcare
Services will be informed by the needs of the community and the facility will open in 2023.
This is part of the government’s $265 million program to build seven satellite healthcare facilities in South East Queensland.
To find out more, visit Ipswich healthcare facility | Queensland Health.
An extra 100,000 people will call Springfield and Ripley Valley region home in the next five years.
A Queensland Government partnership with Mater Health Services will deliver a new 174-bed public hospital in Springfield to cater for the rapidly growing population in the Greater Ipswich region.
This expansion adds to the existing public service agreement between West Moreton Health and Mater Private Hospital Springfield, which provides direct access to care at the private facility for public patients.
The new Mater Public Hospital Springfield is expected to include:
- public overnight and same-day beds, including Intensive Care Unit and Maternity Services.
- an Emergency Department in the region
- increased interventional spaces, such as operating theatres and endoscopy suite
- increased clinical capability of the service, meaning more complex care can be treated locally
- increased private bed capacity and services in the region.
The expanded Mater Springfield site will function as a fully integrated campus providing services for both public and private patients.
The new Springfield public hospital is expected to open in 2024.
West Moreton Health is committed engaging regularly with people and businesses interested in the design and delivery of our exciting new master-planned Ipswich Health Precinct.
West Moreton Health meets regularly with locals and residents to give progress updates and celebrate the big wins with the community.
To get involved, register an expression of interest as a consumer representative, ask a question or give feedback, please email WMCommunications@health.qld.gov.au, phone (07) 3810 1111 or write to Master Plan Team, West Moreton Health, PO Box 73, Ipswich QLD 4305.
- 5 February 2021: $20.65M sale cements future of Ipswich health precinct - The Courier Mail (subscription only)
- 16 October 2020: Service demand and population growth addressed in Ipswich Health precinct - Media Statement
- 1 April 2019: Changing face of our healthcare system with expected boom – The Queensland Times (subscription only)
- 18 December 2019: MRI machine saves 50 patients trips to Brisbane for scans – The Queensland Times (subscription only)
- 12 November 2019: A life-saving piece of equipment has arrived at the Ipswich Hospital – Ipswich First
- 9 November 2019: Critical equipment hits Ipswich Hospital's suite spot - Media Statement
- 29 July 2019: Works commence on Ipswich Hospital MRI installation - Media Statement
- 5 February 2019: Way cleared for life-saving scans at Ipswich Hospital – Ipswich First
- 3 January 2019: Licence tick opens door for hospital MRI scans – The Queensland Times (subscription only)
- 21 February 2019: Shadow Health Minister: Ipswich Hospital in 'crisis' – The Queensland Times (subscription only)
- 13 May 2018: Negotiations under way for sale of council buildings – The Queensland Times (subscription only)
- 15 March 2018: Hospital expansion good news for Ipswich residents – Ipswich First
- 12 March 2018: CONFIRMED: Ipswich Hospital will undergo massive expansion – The Queensland Times (subscription only)
- 9 November 2017: Labor's Ipswich Hospital upgrade is unfunded, unplanned: LNP – The Queensland Times
- 8 November 2017: Ipswich Hospital promised $124 million funding boost – The Queensland Times
- 24 June 2017: Expansion plan, better use of space to boost bed numbers – The Queensland Times
- 15 June 2017: Budget reveals major expansion to hospital – The Queensland Times
Acute Mental Health Unit
- 16 April 2021: Ipswich Hospital $91 million Acute Mental Health Unit ready for construction - Media Statement
- 18 April 2021: Construction of $91m mental health facility set to start - The Courier Mail article (subscription only)
- 28 June 2020: Project manager and architect appointed for new Acute Mental Health Unit (Media statement)
- 26 October 2019: 500 workers will construct hospital redevelopment – The Queensland Times (subscription only)
- 30 August 2019: When new $100M mental health facility will open – The Queensland Times (subscription only)
- 13 March 2018: New mental health facility centrepiece of hospital expansion – The Queensland Times
Ipswich Hospital Expansion
- 31 May 2021: New hospital ward on track for September opening - The Courier Mail (subscription only)
- 11 May 2021: $100 million funding boost to tackle unprecedented ED demand - (Media statement)
- 11 February 2021: Look inside Ipswich Hospital’s first new ward in six years - The Courier Mail (subscription only)
- 29 March 2020: More beds at Ipswich Hospital - Media statement
Satellite Health Facility in Ripley
- 16 November 2021:Satellite Hospitals Program takes milestone step forward - Media statement
- 22 September 2021: South Ripley satellite hospital: Plans for new healthcare facility to be built on Barrams Rd - The Courier Mail (subscription only)
- 17 June 2021: Preferred satellite hospital sites identified for Bribie and Ipswich - Media statement
Springfield Public Hospital
- 31 May 2021: Queensland Premier promises big state budget spend on health for hospitals 'under pressure' - ABC Online
- 31 May 2021: New public hospital for Springfield as govt touts health budget - Brisbane Times
- 31 May 2021: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a new 177-bed public hospital for Springfield as State looks to prepare for region’s population boom - The Courier Mail (subscription only)
- 31 May 2021: Major hospital expansion to deliver new public hospital in Springfield - Media statement
Alcohol and Other Drugs Service in Ipswich
- 17 October 2020: Labor plans to set up $24.5m drug, alcohol rehab service - The Courier Mail (subscription only)