ALMOST 80 rural and regional hospitals, community health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations will share in $120 million from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund creating hundreds of jobs.

One of the big winners is the Mildura Base Public Hospital (MBPH). It will receive $5,370,959 for theatre upgrades.

The funding will deliver the redevelopment of Endoscopy/Scope Suite and CSSD department to meet NSQHS mandatory AS4187 and AS18/07 compliance.

MBPH CEO Terry Welch said that the funding was a tremendous result for the hospital and the community.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the State Government for its ongoing support of the Mildura Base Public Hospital and the support of local member Ali Cupper,” Mr Welch said.

“The provision of more than $5 million in funding will provide us with much needed alterations to endoscopy equipment and AS4187 compliance.”

The State Government program will deliver a variety of projects across regional Victoria including operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms, expansions projects and equipment upgrades. With 105 projects located across 40 rural and regional council areas across Victoria, the program is ensuring communities continue to be able to access high quality care from Mildura to Cann River.

More than $6.5 million is being invested in the Mildura district and in addition to the MBPH funding, $551,089 is going to Sunraysia Community Health Services (SCHS) for the re-design and renovation of the Central Sterilisation Services Department at its Deakin Avenue campus.

SCHS will also receive $51,000 for security system upgrades at the Thirteenth Street site. This will allow the upgrading of the security system for remote and wall-mounted duress alarms, improved counselling room escape doors and access control from courtyards and balconies, and reduce hazards associated with a conference room door.
Red Cliffs and Community Aged Care Service will receive $115,000 for essential refurbishments at Jacaranda Village.

This funding will deliver the refurbishment of two rooms with overhead tracks and lifters, and the replacement of old carpet throughout the facility with vinyl, improving infection control, hygiene and reduce injuries and falls risk.

It will also receive $163,000 for ICT upgrades at Jacaranda Village that will see the replacement and upgrade of the facility’s technology infrastructure and hardware, including nurse on-call and CCTV systems.

Robinvale District Health Services will be the recipient of $173,267 for the installation of fire and safety upgrades.

By JOHN DOOLEY