Labor invests in health for families in Bentleigh

LABOR INVESTS IN HEALTH FOR FAMILIES IN BENTLEIGH

The Andrews Labor Government is putting the health of Victorian families first, investing an extra $1.38 billion in our hospitals, ambulances and health programs.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides hospitals across Victoria with additional funding to help reduce waiting times in emergency departments and elective surgery lists.

This increased funding will enable hospitals to admit an extra 60,000 patients and treat an extra 40,000 patients in emergency departments each year.

The Government knows that hospitals Bentleigh residents rely on – Moorabbin Hospital, Clayton Hospital, and Monash Children’s Hospital – are under immense pressure after four years of neglect under the former Liberal Government.

This Budget clearly demonstrates the Labor Government’s commitment to ensuring families in Bentleigh can access quality health care in a timely way.

The Government has invested $200 million to increase Victoria’s hospital capacity over the next four years, in line with the findings of the review undertaken by respected surgeon and former AMA Victoria President Dr Doug Travis.

The $200 million Hospital Beds Rescue Fund will see new beds and points of care opened across the state, ensuring local families can receive the care they need.

The Government is also investing in new and upgraded hospital buildings and equipment, with a $560 million capital and infrastructure program over the next four years.

In Bentleigh, the Andrews Labor Government will invest:

$16.2 million to expand the Moorabbin Hospital, with the addition of 11 new outpatient specialist consulting suites and a Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI) and Computerised Tomography (CT) machine. This will significantly improve the number of patients that can be seen and improve patient privacy in outpatient services.

We are investing in vital equipment so that locals can access the treatment they need, closer to home.

$3.8 million for a new helipad at Monash Children’s Hospital. We want to ensure the best and quickest access for patients taken to Monash by air ambulance, because we know that minutes save lives.

This helipad will ensure both children and adult patients can access emergency services quickly.

$15 million to progress planning and development for Australia’s first specialist heart hospital – the Victorian Heart Hospital. The 195-bed stand-alone facility will be built at Monash University in Clayton and will treat cardiac diseases from early childhood to advanced adult life, undertake ground-breaking research and train the next generation of Victorian heart specialists.

The Labor Government wants to ensure Victorians, no matter where they live, are able to access the health services they need closer to home.

An extra $99 million is also being provided to help address the ambulance crisis left behind by the Liberals.

This increased funding for Ambulance Victoria will deliver more ambulance services, upgrade ambulance branches and provide new and replacement vehicles and equipment. It will also deliver increased support services for Victoria’s hardworking paramedics.

The Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee is undertaking public consultation on its interim report and will provide final recommendations to the Government by the end of the year about how to improve ambulance response times, reduce ramping and better manage paramedic workload and fatigue.

Families in Bentleigh, particularly those with young children, will benefit from the Government’s reintroduction of the Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program, which will commence from 1 June this year. This program was axed by the previous Liberal Government in 2012.

The Government has invested $8.4 million to provide this vaccine for all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation and their partners and all parents and guardians of newborn babies under six months of age.

Victorians will soon be able to access 24-hour health support through new Super Pharmacies. The $28.7 million program will provide for 15 metropolitan pharmacies and five in regional areas to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This will provide Victorians with an alternative to going to an emergency department for minor health problems and will reduce pressure on our hospitals.

Local families and children will also benefit from the Government’s $15 million SunSmart education campaign to highlight the dangers of sun exposure and increase shading in public areas, particularly schools, playgrounds, beaches and parks.

The Government is also investing in medical research and cutting-edge treatments to help better diagnose and treat disease and increase clinical trials.

World-class medical research institutes, teaching hospitals and universities in Victoria will work together to develop a state-wide genomic sequencing capability thanks to a $25 million investment in genomic testing.

This will help health professionals to more quickly diagnose and treat a range of rare medical conditions and illnesses such as inherited neuropathies, epilepsy, leukaemia, cancers and childhood diseases.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos

“We are investing in our hospitals and our ambulance service to reduce emergency department waiting times and improve ambulance response times.”

“Our $16.2 million investment to expand Moorabbin Hospital – as well as substantial investments at Clayton and Monash Children’s – will mean local families can access the care they need, closer to home.”

“Labor always invests in health, and, from upgrading our hospitals, to better supporting our ambulance service, building sunshades and opening new beds, we are doing everything we can to fix our health system.”

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