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November 2021

Boost for metropolitan health services

The Victorian Government is ensuring health services have the infrastructure they need to deliver the care Victorians deserve.

Minister for Health Martin Foley announced 26 health services, community health and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations will share in the newly-created $200 million Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund (MHIF).

The MHIF is ensuring health services across metropolitan areas can continue to provide world-class healthcare for all Victorians with almost 50 projects receiving funding under the first round of the program.

Austin Health is receiving more than $25.8 million for upgrades at its Heidelberg sites – delivering new equipment to boost surgery capabilities.

More than $5.7 million is being invested to upgrade Aboriginal Community Elders Services in Brunswick, including staff amenities, health, counselling and consultation rooms and a new kitchen.

Central Bayside Community Health Services is receiving more than $2.6 million, delivering increased capability and capacity with an additional flexible group and therapy space for social and allied health care.

The MHIF is also enabling health services and agencies to adopt new technologies and deliver contemporary models of care, improving the quality and safety of care for patients and staff.

To help researchers and clinicians diagnose diseases, $5.2 million is being invested to deliver a new state-of-the-art anatomical pathology lab at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Established as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21, the MHIF provides funding for construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects, equipment, information and communication technology and other vital upgrade works to expand capacity, improve patient amenity and enhance safety and infection prevention and control measures.

Since 2014, the Government has investment more than $133 billion in Victoria’s healthcare system.

‘We’re investing in health services across the state, helping them deliver the high-quality care Victorians deserve and ensure hospitals can continue doing what they do best – saving lives,’ Mr Foley said.

‘This is about ensuring our busiest hospitals have the vital infrastructure and equipment they need – because Victorians should be able to access quality healthcare, no matter where they live.’

•       For more information visit https://www.vhba.vic.gov.au/health/hospitals/metropolitan-health-infrastructure-fund.