Health infrastructure upgrades underway across Victoria
April 7, 2021
From Footscray to Wonthaggi, the Victorian Government has announced more plans to enhance the State’s health system with upgraded emergency departments, expanded and brand-new hospitals and 120 new mental health beds.
The VHA and its members, who have continued to call on Government to invest in the health infrastructure of the state, welcome the investment which will bring thousands of jobs for locals and money to the local economies and provide high-quality, close to home medical services to families across Victoria.
The VHA looks forward to continued investment in health infrastructure across Victoria and urges the Victorian Government to support digital health and community health infrastructure, as recommended in our recent budget submission.
Victoria’s mental health system will also receive another boost with 120 new mental health beds across four new acute mental health facilities in Epping, Geelong, Parkville and St Albans.
A new hospital for Melbourne’s western suburbs
The largest ever health infrastructure investment in the State is underway with the new Footscray Hospital expected to open at the end of 2025. The Victorian Government has provided up to $1.5 billion to support Melbourne’s increasing population expansion in the Western Suburbs. The new and improved hospital will cut wait times and take pressure of neighbouring hospitals with an increase of nearly 200 beds and an ability to treat approximately 15,000 extra patients, enabling around 20,000 more people to be seen by the emergency department each year.
High quality emergency medicine closer to home for south-east
Monash Medical Centre’s new 35 bed emergency department was officially opened last week as part of a $76.3 million expansion. It caters to people living in Melbourne’s expanding south-east and will allow them to have high quality emergency access close to home. Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister for Health Martin Foley opened the project and met some of the first patients.
The world class expansion brings a new triage entrance, nine resuscitation bays and pandemic negative air flow capability. The centre has a family focus with a dedicated and calming space for children to be treated – making trips to the emergency department less scary for them.
World class healthcare for Bass Coast families
The major expansion and upgrade of Wonthaggi Hospital is now officially underway. The $115 million project will give local Bass Coast families access to world-class healthcare close to home. Once completed, the project will bring an additional 18 emergency department treatment spaces, enabling the hospital to treat an extra 26,000 emergency patients per year.
The project is on track to be completed in 2023 and will create 345 jobs during peak construction.