The Victorian Government is upgrading more than 50 public sector residential aged care services, delivering hundreds of new jobs and ensuring thousands of older Victorians continue to get the care and comfort they deserve.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan yesterday announced $30 million in funding to improve Victoria’s public sector residential aged care services, home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP welcomed the announcement which includes two facilities in Campaspe, as follows:
- $498,298 to Echuca Regional Health for facility improvements at Glanville Village. The 60 bed facility, located in Echuca, will see the facility better cater to residents with dementia.
- $124,989 to Kyabram and District Health Services for upgrades and improvements at Sheridan Aged Care. The 42 bed facility, located in Kyabram, will see important upgrades to enhance the residents experience.
- $500,000 to NCN Health for facility improvements at its Irvin House facility. The 30 bed facility located in Cobram, will see the delivery of important upgrade works.
- $161,000 to Swan Hill District Health for upgrades at its Jacaranda House Hostel. The 30 bed facility located in Nyah West, will see the replacement of a nurse call system which will support staff to effectively meet the needs of residents.
The statewide package will deliver $20 million to upgrade 33 facilities that collectively operate 1,787 aged care beds – including 267 beds that are dedicated to supporting the mental health of older Victorians.
This includes $5 million shared by 16 regional facilities to undertake important upgrades, including installing new flooring, refurbishing communal living areas and replacing equipment.
Another $15 million shared by 17 metropolitan facilities to upgrade buildings, replace infrastructure and improve accessibility for residents and staff.
A further $10 million will deliver 20 improvement projects across 19 regional facilities, funded through the fourth round of the Government’s landmark $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).
Funding from the RHIF will enable these regional services to improve their facilities, ensuring residents have the care they need and their families have the peace of mind they deserve.
The $20 million funding is part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works program – getting thousands of people back to work across our state as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
The RHIF is the biggest dedicated fund of its kind, helping to deliver upgrades to hundreds of regional and rural health services across the state.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“The Andrews Labor government is committed to providing quality public sector aged care and local jobs. This investment will deliver improved facilities for older people in Campaspe Shire.”
Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“We’re ensuring that older Victorians – our parents and grandparents – continue to receive the care and dignity they deserve in their later years.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“We’re continuing to support our aged care services expand capacity, improve safety – but most importantly, deliver the care Victorians deserve.”