Blackwater Hospital.
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Dedicated Central Highlands healthcare action plan announced

A MULTI-MILLION dollar upgrade of healthcare facilities is on the cards for the Central Highlands if Labor is elected to federal government in May.

Last week during a visit to Blackwater, Labor candidate for Flynn Zac Beers and the party's health spokeswoman Catherine King announced the Central Highlands Health Action Plan.

The proposal includes a $4.8million upgrade to Emerald Hospital Emergency Department and a $17.9million upgrade to Blackwater Hospital.

Mr Beers said securing funding for Central Highlands health services was about making sure the region had access to reliable and high-quality medical care, without having to drive hours to get it.

"This investment in local healthcare will go straight towards fixing the outdated Blackwater Hospital and delivering much needed improvements to the Emerald Hospital Emergency Department,” Mr Beers said.

"For years, residents in the Central Highlands have advocated for upgrades to the Emerald and Blackwater hospitals and I've been contacted daily by members of the community desperate to see something done to improve health services out here.”

Ms King said Mr Beers had been fighting for health services in Central Queensland "for a long time”.

"Labor is committed to making sure we're doing all we can to support him,” Ms King said.

"We believe all Queenslanders should have affordable access to top-quality health care, whether they live in downtown Brisbane or rural areas like Blackwater.”

"We know that the Central Queensland population is expected to grow by 25 per cent over the next 12 years so delivering these upgrades now is essential to future proof healthcare services in the Central Highlands region.” Queensland Minister for Health Steven Miles said the announcement of significant investments in healthcare infrastructure were "absolutely welcomed” by the Palaszczuk Government.

"These investments combined with our record $610million investment in healthcare in Central Queensland would make a huge difference,” he said.