Victoria opens regional hospitals fund

The Victorian government has opened the $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund for applications, urging health services across rural Victoria to apply for a share of $50m from the first round.

The fund is aimed at upgrading rural and regional hospitals to ensure Victorians can access high quality care and facilities no matter where they live.

Grants can be used to build new, remodel or refurbish existing facilities, and health services can also apply to the fund to buy equipment including furniture, fittings and medical equipment or upgrade essential infrastructure such as information and communications technology.

All Victorian regional public health services, local and small rural health services, public residential aged care services, registered community health services, bush nursing hospitals and centres, women’s health services and Aboriginal community controlled health organisations are eligible to apply.

Projects already committed from the fund include $1 million towards the Wimmera Cancer Centre, $2.1 million for an urgent care centre at Moyne Health Services in Port Fairy and $1 million to plan for a redevelopment at Warragul Hospital.

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