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New Footscray Hospital

Submitted by admin on Sat, 11/02/2019 - 11:24

The Victorian Government has provided up to $1.5 billion to deliver a new Footscray Hospital – the largest ever health infrastructure investment in the state.

Located on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads, the New Footscray Hospital will support the increasing demand from Melbourne’s booming western suburbs, ensuring families can get the care they need close to home.

Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

Submitted by admin on Sat, 10/19/2019 - 14:59

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) provides vital government funding to rural and regional health services and agencies across Victoria so these services can continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.

Established in 2016, the $350 million fund is the largest program of its type in Victoria and was created to improve:

Celebrating World Heart Day 2020

Today is World Heart Day – a global event to raise awareness and educate people about cardiovascular disease and ways to keep our hearts healthy. 

It is estimated that more than 300,000 adult Victorians are living with heart disease. And as Victoria’s population grows and ages, this number will increase. 

We’re working with Monash Health and Monash University to deliver Australia’s first, state-of-the art, specialist heart hospital. The Victorian Heart Hospital will provide innovative, holistic and patient-centred care, as well as world-leading research and education.  

Melissa Harvey is a Cardiac Rhythm Management clinical nurse consultant at MonashHeart, the cross-site cardiology service of Monash Health. We spoke about her role, innovations in cardiac care and what the new Victorian Heart Hospital will mean for patients with heart disease.  

What is your role at MonashHeart?  

My role is to manage our heart rhythm clinics. I do a lot of triaging and coordination, and also see patients for education, advice and support.  

We deal with all cardiac rhythm problems, but our biggest is atrial fibrillation, so we have a clinic specifically for that. Atrial fibrillation is a major cause of stroke, so it’s where I direct most of my time and focus.  

I love working with atrial fibrillation patients – when we can prevent a stroke it has a huge impact on a patient’s life.

Why did you specialise in cardiac care?  

I first started working in the cardiac team at MonashHeart as a student in 2007, after retiring as a tennis player. I really loved the work and the team of nurses were so inspiring. They provided such high-quality care to their patients.  

As a nurse you want to make a difference, and I felt this was an area where I could do that. Heart disease is our biggest health problem, so there is so much scope to help patients and improve their care. 

What’s been your highlight working at MonashHeart?  

I helped establish the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic within MonashHeart, where patients receive a combination of medical therapy, education and ongoing support. When we first started, our clinic had a long waiting list – and you don’t want people with heart issues waiting for treatment.  

We were able to get the clinic running the way we wanted and get the waiting list down – which felt like such an achievement. We ended up winning an international Atrial Fibrillation Association award for our work, by providing multidisciplinary care through the clinic and preventing people from having strokes.  

However, the best part of my job is when patients tell me that I’ve helped them. Even though I’ve cared for thousands of patients, I always make sure I treat them as an individual and give them the best possible care.  

Why are you excited about the new Victorian Heart Hospital? 

Having patient care, education and research all under one roof will be incredible. The healthcare system can be difficult to navigate for patients – but having everything in one place will really streamline their experience and ensure they receive world-class care.  

I think the strong research and education focus will also create a positive learning culture. Patients will have more opportunities to participate in studies and staff will have the chance to pursue their own research. I’m currently doing my own research pilot and I think every person in healthcare should be involved in research at some point. Research is vital in guiding our practice and ensuring we can provide our patients with evidence-based care.  

How can we all look after our heart health?  

Working in the heart rhythm clinic, I always tell patients to learn how to take their pulse. If you know what your pulse normally feels like, and you detect anything irregular, you can visit your GP.  

For overall heart health, the most important thing is living a healthy lifestyle. Exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol – those sorts of things.  

Over the past six months, people have also been visiting the GP less often, due to COVID-19. It’s so important to see your GP regularly, because they can pick up a lot of heart rhythm issues or other symptoms of cardiovascular disease. GPs are also a great support with changing and maintaining healthy lifestyle changes. 

About the new Victorian Heart Hospital 

Located on the Monash University Clayton campus, the new Victorian Heart Hospital will integrate clinical cardiology services, research and education to create a centre of excellence, raising the profile of cardiovascular research, treatment and training. Patients with heart disease will be able to access world-class cardiac care and ground-breaking research, all under one roof. 

Due to be completed in late 2022, the Victorian Heart Hospital will have the capacity to provide up to 2,150 cardiac surgeries per year and manage up to 28,300 cardiac emergencies. The project is being delivered in partnership with Monash Health and Monash University.  

Find out more about the Victorian Heart Hospital via our dedicated project page.  

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Warrnambool’s first Changing Places opens

Warrnambool’s first Changing Places facility is now open at Lake Pertobe, providing an accessible bathroom facility for people with high support needs. 

The new accessible facility includes:

  • an adult-sized change table
  • a ceiling hoist
  • a centrally-located toilet
  • a privacy screen
  • more open floor space than a traditional accessible toilet.


The new Warrnambool Changing Places facility includes a shower and an extra-wide door to allow for beach wheelchair access.

The new bathroom will make it easier for people living with disability to visit this popular recreational destination.

'This facility makes it much easier for families and people with complex needs to spend more time in this space and really enjoy something that a lot of people might take for granted – a fun family outing at Lake Pertobe – without having to worry about toilet facilities.'
Tony Herbert, Warrnambool Mayor 

The Warrnambool Changing Places facility is located next to the existing public toilets, opposite the surf club at Lake Pertobe.

The facility was funded by the Victorian Government and the Warrnambool City Council.

For more information, including obtaining an access key which works for all Changing Places facilities in Victoria, visit the Changing Places website.

Learn more about the Changing Places program via our dedicated program page. 

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Expressions of interest open for Frankston Hospital redevelopment

We are now accepting expressions of interest from qualified and experienced consortia for the design, construction, finance and maintenance of the $562 million Frankston Hospital redevelopment.

The redevelopment will transform services at Frankston Hospital. Construction of a multi-level acute services tower will add capacity for 120 additional beds, two new operating theatres and dedicated spaces for mental health and oncology services. A new main entrance and consolidation of services from across the campus will improve wayfinding for patients and visitors.

The redevelopment is also set to deliver expanded women’s and children’s services, including new maternity, obstetrics and paediatric wards, a women’s clinic and special care nursery.

The Frankston Hospital redevelopment will be delivered as a public private partnership under the Partnerships Victoria Framework. Construction of the new tower is expected to be completed in late 2024. 

Expressions of interest can be submitted via the Buying for Victoria website from 22 September 2020.

Applications close at 2.00 pm on Thursday 22 October 2020.

Learn more about the Frankston Hospital redevelopment via our dedicated project page. 

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New artist’s impression released for the Echuca Cancer and Wellness Centre

The $6 million Echuca Cancer and Wellness Centre is one step closer, with new designs unveiled. The new centre will provide patients with world-class care, closer to home.

The project will move Echuca Regional Health’s existing chemotherapy and haemodialysis unit to a new purpose-built centre. This will improve access and comfort for patients while providing a more efficient working environment for staff.

The centre will offer 10 new chemotherapy and haemodialysis treatment chairs. There will be flexible spaces offering increased privacy for patients. These spaces will allow families and carers to interact with clinical teams and other support workers under one roof.

Wellness programs will help to improve the health and wellbeing of cancer patients during treatment and recovery.

Haematologists, medical oncologists, nephrologists and radiation oncologists will all co-locate to the new centre. This will make it easier for patients to access and attend consultations.

The project is expected to create around 20 construction jobs.

An expression of interest for a builder will be released in October 2020 with the tender due to be issued in late 2020.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2021, with the centre expected to open in 2022.

Learn more about the Echuca Cancer and Wellness Centre via our dedicated project page.

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How we calculate our project data

Our home, health, mental health and aged care landing pages feature a snapshot of project data in the top right of the page.

Our projects and grant projects are calculated using the Total Estimated Investment (TEI) figures from the Victorian State Budget Papers, Budget Paper 4: State Capital Program.

Budget Paper 4: State Capital Program excludes the Changing Places program.

Number of projects and grant programs

We administer several grant programs, which consist of multiple recipients across the state. In our project data, each grant is counted as a single program.

Updating our project data

We aim to update our project data at the end of each month. You can view when the data was last updated by checking the 'Last updated date' located near the bottom of the web page.

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Builder announced for Birchip Campus redevelopment

The $9.5 million redevelopment of East Wimmera Health Service’s Birchip Campus is on track, with a builder now appointed.

Ballarat-based firm Nicholson Construction will deliver the new redevelopment. Construction began in August 2020 with completion expected in December 2021.

The redevelopment will combine acute and aged care services under one roof. A new aged care building will provide 12 aged care beds and three acute inpatient beds.

The existing hospital building will also be refurbished to create new administrative, consulting and back-of-house areas.

The Birchip Campus aged care and hospital redevelopment will ensure residents have access to the highest quality care and services. It will particularly cater to people with complex needs.

The project is partly funded via the Victorian Government’s $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. This provides vital government funding to rural and regional public health and residential aged care services across Victoria. This funding enables these services to continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.

Learn more about the Birchip Campus redevelopment via our dedicated project page.

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Birchip Campus redevelopment

Submitted by Tara Johnson on Wed, 09/02/2020 - 03:36

The Victorian Government has invested $9.5 million to redevelop East Wimmera Health Service’s Birchip Campus.

This $9.5 million includes funding from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, and will integrate acute and aged care services under one roof.

The project will deliver a new hospital building including 12 aged care beds, three acute inpatient beds and incorporate urgent care facilities. The refurbishment of the existing building will also improve amenities for East Wimmera Health Service staff.

Locals help shape the Latrobe Regional Hospital expansion

We’ve been gathering feedback from the local Gippsland community to help shape the design of the $217 million expansion of Latrobe Regional Hospital. 

Last month, an online survey sought community input on aspects of the design of the hospital's new family spaces, children's play areas and outdoor spaces. An online webinar was also hosted by Latrobe Regional Hospital to provide information and answer questions about the project. 

We received valuable input from the community about creating a family-friendly design focused on health and well-being. From the feedback, we heard that people want to see: 

  • more greenery and plants  
  • patient and family lounges
  • comfortable outdoor seating areas 
  • artwork created by local Gippsland artists. 

The feedback will be used by our project team, partners and Latrobe Regional Hospital to shape the detailed design of the hospital expansion. These designs are expected to be released in late 2020, with construction expected to start in 2021.   

Download a detailed version of the community engagement report (PDF)

Learn more about the Latrobe Regional Hospital expansion via our dedicated project page.

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Last updated: 29 September 2020