More local patients will get the high quality care they need sooner thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to upgrade vital equipment and facilities at three regional health services.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp today announced funding through the Labor Government’s Regional Health infrastructure Fund.
Cobram District Health will receive $378,399 to provide new endoscopy equipment and other vital equipment.
Numurkah District Health Service will receive $376,000 to replace the air conditioning system at Karinya Residential Aged Care.
Yarrawonga Health will receive $112,475 to refurbish the front entrance of the Acute and Urgent Care Centre.
The $200 million fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – will rebuild rural and regional hospitals and health services to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.
“We’re putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services so more patients in the Cobram, Numurkah and Yarrawonga can be treated sooner, closer to home,” Mr Gepp said.
The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is just part of the investment in hospital and health services by the Labor Government, expanding capacity, improving efficiency, treating more patients, more quickly, and closer to home, and delivering the latest advances in medical technology.
The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provided an extra $2.45 billion for health so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and keep Victorians healthy. This included $7.7 million in funding for Cobram District Health, $9.9 million for Numurkah District Health and $10.6 million for Yarrawonga District Health.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy:
“Our investment will help secure the future of our local health service and make a real difference to the lives of patients who will get the safe, high quality care and treatment they need.”
“We are supporting our health services to do their jobs, providing for the health and wellbeing of their communities in modern facilities they truly deserve.”