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Victorian Budget 2022-23
Building, upgrading and improving hospitals and health services
This year’s State Budget provides over $1.7 billion for health infrastructure projects in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, including:
- Over $900 million to construct the fully electric new Melton Hospital
- Over $500 million to deliver the new Barwon Women’s and Children’s Hospital
- $236 million for new emergency departments at Casey Hospital and Werribee Mercy Hospital
- $36 million for a Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Residential Rehabilitation Facility in Mildura
- $25 million for an Early Parenting Centre in Shepparton.
$380 million in grants for hospitals and health services
$380 million is also being invested in grants to assist hospitals and health services replace critical infrastructure, purchase new equipment and undertake vital upgrades, including:
- $300 million boost to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund
- $35 million boost to the Medical Equipment Replacement Program
- $20 million boost to the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program
- $25 million boost to the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund.
More than $400 million for mental healthcare
This year’s State Budget is investing upwards of $400 million to provide greater access to community and hospital-based mental health treatment and support, including:
- Over $160 million for acute and community mental health services at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton
- Over $123 million for Stage 2 of the Thomas Embling Hospital redevelopment
- $61 million to perform upgrade works at mental health intensive care areas across the state
- $27 million for land acquisition for new acute mental health beds at the Ballarat Base Hospital
- $10 million for the Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facility Renewal Fund
- $8 million for planning new acute mental health beds at Northeast Health in Wangaratta, Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton and Ballarat Base Hospital
- $6.5 million to plan new mental health and alcohol and other drugs emergency department hubs in Bendigo, Ballarat and Shepparton
- $5 million for planning the new Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Continuing to modernise and upgrade public sector residential aged care
State Budget funding also includes over $145 million to modernise and upgrade public residential aged care services, providing older and vulnerable Victorians the care they deserve, including:
- Over $142 million for three aged care redevelopments at Camperdown, Mansfield and Orbost
- $3 million for planning two new aged care facilities in Hume and Barwon South-West regions
- $800,000 to plan a new 60-bed Mornington Centre aged care facility.
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Last updated: 04 May 2022