Government must act to save children's hospital in Western Sydney

Thursday, 16 June 2022

A Western Sydney hospital caring for children with complex disabilities and medical needs is facing closure unless the Albanese Government urgently intervenes.

Located in Dundas Valley, Allowah Presbyterian Children’s Hospital supports children as young as three who live with genetic or chromosomal disorders, birth trauma, cerebral palsy, head and spinal injuries, neurological and other conditions acquired after birth.

During the federal election, the Morrison Government committed $2 million to help address Allowah’s financial stability which has come under immense pressure because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Shadow Minister for Social Services, Michael Sukkar, said the $2 million in emergency funding committed at the federal election was to guarantee the care of sick children and their carers.

“Allowah looks after some of the most vulnerable children in our society, and I call on the Albanese Government to honour this critical commitment to ensure Allowah’s staff, facilities and expertise will be able to continue their essential and indispensable work in assisting children in need for many years to come” Michael Sukkar said.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said Allowah is a vital service which supports around 180 families across New South Wales.

“Since the 1970s, Allowah has been part of the fabric of our Western Sydney community," Senator Payne said.

“This special facility is supported by local organisations, like the Carlingford-Dundas Lions Club, and has a close relationship with The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

“Allowah is a lifeline for families and sick children so we’re calling on the Government and new Member for Parramatta, Andrew Charlton, to urgently match our vital election commitment."