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Boost in Funding for East Wimmera Healthcare

Ensuring top-notch healthcare services for residents across East Wimmera towns, the State Government has allocated funds for crucial upgrades in healthcare infrastructure. During her visit to the St Arnaud campus of East Wimmera Health Service on Wednesday, February 14, Mary-Anne Thomas, Minister for Health Infrastructure, unveiled a substantial sum of over $2.6 million through the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) for infrastructure enhancements at East Wimmera Health Service. This investment builds upon the previously allocated $14.7 million from RHIF.

The $2.6 million allocation aims to implement safer and standardized fire suppression systems across three campuses of East Wimmera Health Service situated in St. Arnaud, Donald, and Wycheproof. This includes the installation of hydrant and fire suppression systems, enhancements in water storage, water pressure, and related connections.

Additionally, part of the funding, amounting to over $2.3 million, is designated for the refurbishment of East Wimmera Health’s Birchip campus and Aged Care Facility.

This funding injection is part of the wider effort to bolster rural and regional healthcare facilities, including hospitals, community health services, and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organizations, ensuring seamless and efficient care delivery to local communities across Victoria.

With 45 projects spread across 39 rural and regional health services, the RHIF program guarantees access to high-quality healthcare services irrespective of geographic location, while also generating numerous job opportunities throughout the state.

Established by the Labor Government in 2016 and managed by the Victorian Health Building Authority, the RHIF program now stands at a remarkable $790 million, marking it as the largest dedicated grants program in Victoria’s history. Over the years, it has successfully funded more than 675 projects aimed at enhancing regional health services.

For further details, visit: vhba.vic.gov.au/health/regional-facilities/regional-health-infrastructure-fund.

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