Last week the New South Wales Legislative Council tabled their report titled Current and Future Provision of Health Services in the South-West Sydney Growth Region.
Following an extensive inquiry, the report found what many have been saying for years; health services in South-West Sydney are under-funded and under-resourced.
Just over one million people live and work in the area covered by this health district. It is a diverse community with a higher than average birth rate due to the large number of young families in the area.
There is an unmet need in maternity, mental health and other services.
The committee found that current funding does not provide an equitable or transparent model to ensure that the people who live in our region get their fair share of services they require.
The provision of those services is often hampered because of the significant number of people who require translation support. 51 per cent of people in the area speak a language other than English at home.
The committee's report also highlighted that services are further impacted because of economic disadvantage. The rates of private health insurance in our region are much lower. Less than 38 per cent of households have private health insurance. The state average is 51.5 per cent. This puts further strain on public services.
I have spoken about this in Parliament for some time and the evidence is clear: South-West Sydney needs to be properly funded and properly resourced. It is only fair.