NQ renal services boosted

North Queenslanders with kidney disease will have more renal services closer to home thanks to a $5 million funding boost from the Palaszczuk Government.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said end-stage kidney disease could be up to twenty times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in remote and very remote areas.

"That's why the Palaszczuk Government has committed $5 million to fund front line renal services in Northern Queensland in 2018-2019.

"North Queenslanders will now be able to access more care closer to home, saving time and money travelling for renal services" Mr Miles said.

In Cairns the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service will receive $1.51 million part-year operational funding boost to increase staffing numbers and expand services in the region.

Health Service Chief Executive, Clare Douglas said "Our Health Service has seen an average seven percent increase in dialysis patient numbers per year for the last 5 years. By 2027, we expect numbers to increase by 56 percent.

"By increasing our staff numbers, we'll be able to meet the increasing demand for dialysis and have added capacity for the future".

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