Better access to treatment in the Grampians
Public hospital upgrades in Ararat and Ballarat mean earlier diagnosis and treatment, and shorter wait times for residents.
Demand for public healthcare in the Grampians is growing, as more people move to the region. At the same time, there are rising levels of cardiovascular and respiratory disease.
The Grampians is also home to many older Victorians. Whose health needs become more complex as they age.
To improve access to vital public health services, the Victorian Government established the $790 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The fund enables rural and regional health services to meet growing demand for public health and residential aged care services.
For communities in the Grampians region, recent funding includes:
- $8.4 million to upgrade Ararat Hospital, including a second operating theatre and improved imaging facilities
- $6.2 million to provide a dedicated diagnostics department at Ballarat Base Hospital.