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Victorian health infrastructure gets $320M boost

A $17.6 billion stimulus package has been announced for businesses and households to deal with challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.

The Victorian Government will invest $320 million into construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects for the state’s health infrastructure.

Submissions have opened for the new $200 million Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund (MHIF) and the fifth round of the $120 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).

Established as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21, the MHIF helps fund construction projects, equipment, information and communication technology at Melbourne’s busiest hospitals and community health services.

The RHIF was established in 2016-17 to help regional and rural health services improve the safety and quality of services, service capacity, models of care, patient and staff amenity, and service efficiency.

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Since its inception, the RHIF has funded more than 380 health projects, including a $9.7 million Healthy Community Access Hub in Kyneton, $6 million Aboriginal Co-operative Medical and Regional Health Hub in Ballarat and a $4 million Integrated Health Centre in Yarram.

Round five funding will take the total value of the RHIF to $470 million, making it the largest program of its type in Victoria.

“This funding will help hospitals across the state deliver the high-quality care Victorians deserve and ensure our hospitals can continue doing what they do best – saving lives,” Health Minister Martin Foley said.

“The new $200 million Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund will ensure our local health services have the vital infrastructure and equipment they need to continue to respond to the needs of their local community.”

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