Our hospitals and local health services have been at the frontline of the pandemic, and now we’re ensuring they’re at the forefront of our Budget.
This Budget invests $2.9 billion in health infrastructure, including building a new hospital and upgrading existing ones.
We’re investing more than $900 million in a new tertiary hospital for Melbourne’s west.
New Melton Hospital
The new Melton Hospital will include a 24-hour emergency department, over 100 medical and surgical beds, an intensive care unit, maternity and neonatal services and more mental health services and outpatient care.
Building a local hospital also means local jobs – not only in construction but in running the hospital after it opens.
Delivering the Barwon Women’s and Children’s Hospital
This Budget also provides more than $500 million to deliver the Barwon Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
We’ll make sure that the Maternity Assessment and Short Stay unit, Special Care Nursery, birthing suites, and operating theatres can see more patients and give more support for paediatric outpatients. And we will build a new inpatient tower.
Upgrading regional hospitals
We’re upgrading regional hospitals too, with a record $300 million boost for the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund for projects ranging from operating theatre refurbishments to equipment upgrades. Since the program began in 2016, we have funded over 480 projects and with this expansion our investment will total $790 million.
More lifesaving equipment for hospitals
This Budget also means more life-saving equipment for hospitals and funding for upgrades and improvements across our health services.
- $35 million for the Medical Equipment Replacement Program for items like CT scanners, digital X-Ray units and ultrasounds
- $25 million for the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund for a range of upgrades like refurbishment of consultation rooms or wards
- $20 million for the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program for items like aging generators, emergency lighting or nurse call systems.
Reviewed 03 May 2022