Victorian Budget 2021-22: Health, ageing and mental health infrastructure
Text on screen: Victorian Budget 2021-22. $1.6 billion boost for health, ageing and mental health infrastructure
Image: Watermark photograph of a hospital bed in a paediatric emergency department
Text on screen $555.6 million to deliver the Community Hospitals program
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Text on screen: $349.6 million to expand Thomas Embling Hospital
Image: An artist impression of the expanded Thomas Embling Hospital will look like
Text on screen: $141 million for new and refurbished youth prevention and recovery care facilities
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Text on screen: $99.7 million for five new paediatric emergency department areas
Image: A photograph of a new and colourful emergency department reception area
Text on screen: $98.9 million to expand the Angliss Hospital
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Text on screen: $65 million to redevelop Glenview nursing home in Rutherglen and complete detailed design and planning for new aged care facilities in Camperdown and Cohuna
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Text on screen: Quality care, closer to home
Image: Watermark photograph of a busy hospital emergency department.
Upgrading, building and improving existing hospitals and health services
This year’s State Budget provides more than $800 million for health infrastructure projects in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, including:
- $555.6 million (total project investment of $675 million) to deliver the Community Hospitals Program
- $99.7 million (total project investment of $102.4 million) to deliver new emergency department paediatric zones at Northern Hospital, Frankston Hospital, Casey Hospital, Maroondah Hospital and University Hospital Geelong. With an additional $5.7 million for capital planning for adult emergency departments at Maroondah, Casey, Northern, Werribee Mercy and Austin Hospitals.
- $98.9 million (total project investment of $103.4 million) to expand the Angliss Hospital
- $94.8 million (total project investment of $100 million) to redevelop and expand Maryborough Hospital
- $9.42 million to expand and upgrade Westside Lodge in Sunshine
Over $100 million in grants for hospitals and health services
$105 million is also being invested in grants to assist hospitals and health services replace critical infrastructure, purchase new equipment and undertake vital upgrades, including:
- $20 million boost to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund
- $35 million boost to the Medical Equipment Replacement Program
- $50 million boost to the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement program
More than half a billion for mental healthcare
This year’s Budget is investing upwards of half a billion dollars to provide greater access to community and hospital-based mental health treatment and support, including:
- $349.6 million to deliver an additional 82 secure mental health beds and supporting infrastructure at Thomas Embling Hospital
- $141 million to deliver five new 10-bed youth prevention and recovery care facilities in north east Melbourne, Barwon, Gippsland, Grampians and Hume. The investment will also refurbish three existing youth prevention and recovery care facilities in Frankston, Dandenong and Bendigo
- $20 million for an infrastructure blueprint for redesigning and expanding Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system
- $10.87 million to deliver an additional five acute mental health beds at Warrnambool Hospital
Modernising public sector residential aged care
Budget funding also includes $65 million to modernise and upgrade public residential aged care services, providing older and vulnerable Victorians the care they deserve, including:
- $57.11 million to redevelop the Glenview nursing home in Rutherglen
- $4.95 million to design and plan a 36-bed facility within Camperdown Hospital.
- $2.93 million to design and plan a 24-bed facility in Cohuna.
Last updated: 21 May 2021
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