More patients in Western Victoria will get the high-quality care they need in better and safer facilities thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced five health services in Western Victoria would receive a combined $1,020,682 in funding as part of the latest round of the Labor Government’s flagship Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
The $250 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – is rebuilding regional and rural health services to ensure Victorians can access the high-quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.
The latest funding round is kickstarting 109 projects to upgrade vital equipment and buildings at rural hospitals, community health centres and bush nursing services. In total, 283 projects have been funded as part of the Fund.
The latest round of projects includes building refurbishments and expansions, new generators, air conditioning and hot water boilers, fire systems, ICT upgrades, medical equipment, solar panels and vehicles for our remote bush nurses.
At Hesse Rural Health, our investment of $450,018 will connect the service to the newly introduced town natural gas supply, as well as upgrade and replace their fire detection and alarm system.
Colac Area Health will receive a funding boost of $200,000 to replace their operating theatre lights.
At Terang & Mortlake Community, we are investing $273,659 for the TMHS Kitchen Corridor and Fire Safety Compliance Upgrade. The project will separate the kitchen from the patient area.
Timboon and District Healthcare Service will receive a funding boost of $92,517 to provide a new patient monitory system.
Meanwhile, in Cobden, we are investing $4,488 at Cobden District Health Services to replace the urgent care centre computer, mobile trolley and cabling.
By expanding capacity, improving efficiency and access, as well as delivering the latest advances in medical technology, these investments will mean better and safer care for patients and modern facilities for staff.
This year’s Budget invested $1.2 billion in hospital upgrades and equipment giving our hardworking doctors, nurses and paramedics the world-class facilities they need to deliver the very best healthcare.
Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“We’re putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services so more patients in Western Victoria can be treated sooner, closer to home.”
“We’re building the modern facilities hardworking doctors, nurses and other health care workers need to treat more patients, keep locals healthy and save more lives.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“This is great news for patients in this region. This will make a real difference to the lives of patients who will get the safe, high quality care they need and deserve – and help staff do what they do best.”