Families in Victoria’s west will have greater access to healthcare facilities following the official opening of Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre by Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney.
The redeveloped facility will be able to continue providing an extensive range of medical and allied health services, including primary care, emergency care, palliative care and community nursing.
Representing the Honourable Daniel Andrews, Minister for Health, Ms Tierney said the redevelopment has transformed the existing Centre into an efficient, safe environment for the community, staff and visiting services and builds on Balmoral BNC’s profile as an important service hub.
“Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre has undertaken significant capital works to create an environment that will increase efficiency, provide a safe workplace and enhanced service delivery that is responsive to our community’s needs,” Ms Tierney said.
“Specifically, the redevelopment has resulted in improved access and privacy for clients, new facilities for local and visiting services and a child care precinct including an outdoor play area.”
The scope of works included:
– new waiting rooms
– new nurses’ station
– consulting suites
– upgraded emergency area
– child care precinct
– Driveway/undercover vehicle drop off
The project was funded as part of the Victorian Government’s $7 million commitment to improve capital infrastructure and equipment of bush nursing services across rural Victoria.
“The State Government has contributed $412,694 to this redevelopment,” Ms Tierney said.
“The project demonstrates what can be achieved by a small rural community working in partnership with the Brumby Government.”
The project is one of many initiatives the Brumby Government is undertaking to promote the health and well being of rural Victorians and sustain rural health services.
The total cost of the project was $865,587.