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$160 million upgrades for Victoria’s public healthcare
The Victorian Government has announced new funding to upgrade medical equipment and infrastructure at health services across the state.
Seventy-six health services will share $160 million in funding to ensure communities across Victoria continue to receive high quality care, close to home.
Upgrading medical equipment and engineering infrastructure
Twenty-seven metropolitan and regional health services will share $60 million in funding from the Medical Equipment Replacement Program and the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program.
New equipment funded as part of the Medical Equipment Replacement Program will include:
- CT scanners
- digital x-ray units
- operating room microscopes
- heart imaging equipment, such as transesophageal echocardiogram units.
Through the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program, health services will receive funding to replace critical engineering infrastructure. This will include:
- emergency and exit lighting
- patient lifts
- water and fire service upgrades.
Additional funding for regional health infrastructure
A further $100 million has been allocated to the fourth round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund enabling rural and regional health services across Victoria to upgrade:
- operating theatre refurbishments
- new waiting rooms
- new hospital beds
- accessible paths and ramps
- more consulting rooms
- modern medical student accommodation.
The new funding will provide grants to deliver infrastructure improvement projects at 54 regional health services across Victoria.
Some of this year’s funded projects include:
- medical imaging upgrade at Lorne Community Hospital
- refurbishment of Armitage House at Wonthaggi Hospital
- a new Short Stay Unit at Albury Wodonga Health
- the second stage of the Goulburn Valley Health redevelopment
- a new health building at Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation.
An additional 20 Public Sector Residential Aged Care projects also received funding.
The $470 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is the largest program of its type in Victoria's history, enabling rural and regional health services to continue providing high quality care to local communities. Learn more about the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund via our dedicated program page.
Last updated: 09 December 2020
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