Big boost for regional health infrastructure

More regional Victorians will be able to get the health care they need closer to home, thanks to a big Budget boost for the Victorian Government’s flagship Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).

The $50 million boost, delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19, was announced, as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards at Bendigo Health’s Golden Oaks Nursing Home.

The now $250 million fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – will go to rebuilding rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access the quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live. Already the RHIF has funded 172 projects across regional Victoria, creating over 430 construction jobs.

While in Bendigo, Premier Daniel Andrews also announced that the Golden Oaks Nursing Home would receive nearly $5 million through the second round of the Government’s RHIF program, ensuring residents get the modern, high quality facilities they deserve.

This funding boost will be used to build a new 15-bed wing, enabling the majority of residents to move from dual occupancy to single rooms, and securing the long-term future of this aged care facility.

This will mean residents can look forward to more private and comfortable bedrooms, as well as safer and more modern amenities. A dining room and kitchen upgrade will also allow for meals to be cooked fresh onsite.

Meanwhile, construction is now underway on a $3.5 million project to build a link between the Golden Oaks Nursing Home and the 45-bed Carshalton House. This project – funded in conjunction with Bendigo Health and a generous bequest – will further improve the quality of life for residents.

2017’s Budget delivered $1.67 billion to help hospitals meet demand and provide the care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. In 2017/18, Bendigo Health received $290.5 million in funding from the Government.

Source: Vic Government