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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 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.

Stage 1 of the Master Plan

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.

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:

  • completed an expansion of Ipswich Hospital which created:
    • a 26-bed medical and surgical ward
    • Allied Health Services Outpatient Unit
    • Oncology Day Unit
  • begun building 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.

Acute Mental Health Unit
Acute Mental Health Unit
An artist impression of the new Acute Mental Health Unit

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 is expected to open in 2023 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.

Our neighbours

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.   

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 

Future planning at West Moreton Health

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. 

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.

Ipswich Hospital Expansion Stage 2

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.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Service in Ipswich

The Queensland Government has begun planning the creation of a $24.5 million Alcohol and Other Drugs withdrawal management and rehabilitation facility.

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.

Satellite healthcare facility at South Ripley
Satellite healthcare facility South Ripley
Artist impression of the satellite healthcare facility to be built in South Ripley

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 is expected to 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.

Springfield Public Hospital
Springfield Public Hospital
Artist impression of the Springfield Public Hospital

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 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.

Get involved

West Moreton Health is committed engaging regularly with people and businesses interested in the design and delivery of our Master Plan.

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.

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