Facilities funding boost for Connect Health and Community

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

Almost 50 projects are receiving funding under the first round of the $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 26 health services, community health and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations sharing in the newly created fund.

In the Bentleigh electorate, our local community health service Connect Health and Community will receive more than $850,000 to upgrade the roof, install solar panels and replace de-humidifiers in the hydrotherapy centre.

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 2020-21 State Budget, 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 Victorian Government has investment more than $133 billion in our healthcare system.

More information on the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund is available at:

vhba.vic.gov.au/health/hospitals/metropolitan-health-infrastructure-fund

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“Since 1975, Connect Health and Community has been proudly serving our local community and attending to our health needs.”

“We’re supporting the hundreds of staff and volunteers at Connect to do their important work by ensuring that they have the best possible facilities to work in.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley

“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.”

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