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GIVING THREATED SPECIES A HELPING HAND

Labor Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP has today encouraged local environmental organisations to apply for the  Andrews Labor Government’s $5.2 million threatened species grants announced today. The Threatened Species Protection Initiative will support threatened species’ survival in the short term through on-ground activities such as habitat creation and restoration and site protection. Through the initiative, $2 million will be available to community groups through the Community Volunteer Action Grants, for small-scale threatened species projects that enable the community to undertake direct action through localised activities such as revegetating areas, building fences, species monitoring and establishing suitable habitat for threatened species. “We’re supporting the community in their on the ground efforts to save our threatened species,” Mr Perera said. A further $3 million dollars will be provided through the Critical Action and Strategic Partnerships Grants to environmental agencies and organisations to reduce threats and secure important sites for threatened species. The initiative also comprises a $200,000 crowdfunding component, where a selection of successful project teams can fundraise online to expand their project, and Government then matches the funds raised. Crowdfunding allows the community to directly invest in causes and projects that they value, and are particularly passionate about. “Our wildlife is part of what makes Victoria such a great place to live and visit. This will help ensure our threatened species remain for all to enjoy.” “A crowd funding approach keeps up with the new ways to start movements and causes, and will allow communities to get behind some of the species they’re particularly passionate about saving.” “Targeted, coordinated action on threatened species helps plants and animals to survive in the short term, while we develop longer-term strategies and programs to address systemic challenges to their survival. Both approaches are critical to success.” Applications for the grants are now open  and guidelines are available. For more information or to apply for the grants, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/tspi

GIVING THREATED SPECIES A HELPING HAND

Labor Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP has today encouraged local environmental organisations to apply for the  Andrews Labor Government’s $5.2 million threatened species grants announced today. The Threatened Species Protection Initiative will support threatened species’ survival in the short term through on-ground activities such as habitat creation and restoration and site protection. Through the initiative, $2 million will be available to community groups through the Community Volunteer Action Grants, for small-scale threatened species projects that enable the community to undertake direct action through localised activities such as revegetating areas, building fences, species monitoring and establishing suitable habitat for threatened species. “We’re supporting the community in their on the ground efforts to save our threatened species,” Mr Perera said. A further $3 million dollars will be provided through the Critical Action and Strategic Partnerships Grants to environmental agencies and organisations to reduce threats and secure important sites for threatened species. The initiative also comprises a $200,000 crowdfunding component, where a selection of successful project teams can fundraise online to expand their project, and Government then matches the funds raised. Crowdfunding allows the community to directly invest in causes and projects that they value, and are particularly passionate about. “Our wildlife is part of what makes Victoria such a great place to live and visit. This will help ensure our threatened species remain for all to enjoy.” “A crowd funding approach keeps up with the new ways to start movements and causes, and will allow communities to get behind some of the species they’re particularly passionate about saving.” “Targeted, coordinated action on threatened species helps plants and animals to survive in the short term, while we develop longer-term strategies and programs to address systemic challenges to their survival. Both approaches are critical to success.” Applications for the grants are now open  and guidelines are available. For more information or to apply for the grants, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/tspi

24 HOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GET YOU HOMESAFE

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today welcomed the announcement that 24 hour public transport is coming to our local area. From 1 January 2016, the Andrews Labor Government will trial all-night public transport on weekends – delivering a key election commitment. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Police Wade Noonan have outlined details of the one-year Homesafe trial, which will get people home safe on public transport to the suburbs and regional areas. During the trial, metro trains will depart from Flinders Street Station every 60 minutes on the Cranbourne Line. A revamped and improved night bus network will include 20 routes, with a mix of routes operating from the city and others providing suburban connections from train stations and from suburban night-time hubs including Dandenong and Frankston. To support Homesafe, the Government has given Victoria Police funding for 171 extra transport security officers - 109 Protective Services Officers and 62 transit police. The roving transit police will patrol all train lines through the night on weekends and use divisional vans to transport alleged offenders or travel quickly to where they are needed. If successful, 24-hour weekend public transport trial will be continued and expanded where necessary Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP. “People in our suburbs and regions shouldn’t have to spend too much for a ride home in order to enjoy our city on the weekends.” “Residents in our local area will be able to enjoy Melbourne’s great night life or end a late-night shift, and then have a safe and affordable way to get home.”

24 HOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GET YOU HOMESAFE

Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne District today welcomed the announcement that 24 hour public transport is coming to our local area. From 1 January 2016, the Andrews Labor Government will trial all-night public transport on weekends – delivering a key election commitment. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Police Wade Noonan have outlined details of the one-year Homesafe trial, which will get people home safe on public transport to the suburbs and regional areas. During the trial, metro trains will depart from Flinders Street Station every 60 minutes on the Cranbourne Line. A revamped and improved night bus network will include 20 routes, with a mix of routes operating from the city and others providing suburban connections from train stations and from suburban night-time hubs including Dandenong and Frankston. To support Homesafe, the Government has given Victoria Police funding for 171 extra transport security officers - 109 Protective Services Officers and 62 transit police. The roving transit police will patrol all train lines through the night on weekends and use divisional vans to transport alleged offenders or travel quickly to where they are needed. If successful, 24-hour weekend public transport trial will be continued and expanded where necessary Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP. “People in our suburbs and regions shouldn’t have to spend too much for a ride home in order to enjoy our city on the weekends.” “Residents in our local area will be able to enjoy Melbourne’s great night life or end a late-night shift, and then have a safe and affordable way to get home.”

CRANBOURNE ON ROUTE FOR SMALL BUSINESS BUS

Small business operators in the Cranbourne area will be able to access free mentoring, support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Monday 10 August 2015. The bus will be present as part of the popular Small Business Festival Victoria, now in its tenth year, which will showcase over 350 free and low-cost business events around the state throughout August. Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis said this year the Andrews Labor Government had doubled its mobile support for small business with a second Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria. There are more than 532,000 small businesses in Victoria, representing 96 per cent of the state’s businesses, and more than 28 per cent of those are based in regional Victoria. The enhanced touring program takes information and services to more towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The buses provide advice from Small Business Mentoring Service specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in  operating a small business and in senior business management roles, offering free advice to local businesses The Small Business Bus will be located in the Cranbourne Homemaker Centre car park, corner of Thompsons Road and South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne VIC 3977 from 10am to 4pm on Monday 10 August 2015. For more information about the Small Business Bus or to book a free on-board mentoring session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. The Small Business Festival Victoria runs throughout the month of August. For details of the full festival program, including festival features and key events in Melbourne and regional Victoria, visit business.vic.gov.au/festival Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP.  “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face help and plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing regional communities with greater access to important Government services.” “The highly sought bus services will be undoubtedly be a drawcard of this year’s Small Business Festival Victoria, visiting several events throughout Melbourne and regional festival locations across the state.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis:   "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing them with ongoing business support services,  encouraging them to grow and create more local jobs. ”  

CRANBOURNE ON ROUTE FOR SMALL BUSINESS BUS

Small business operators in the Cranbourne area will be able to access free mentoring, support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Monday 10 August 2015. The bus will be present as part of the popular Small Business Festival Victoria, now in its tenth year, which will showcase over 350 free and low-cost business events around the state throughout August. Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis said this year the Andrews Labor Government had doubled its mobile support for small business with a second Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria. There are more than 532,000 small businesses in Victoria, representing 96 per cent of the state’s businesses, and more than 28 per cent of those are based in regional Victoria. The enhanced touring program takes information and services to more towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The buses provide advice from Small Business Mentoring Service specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in  operating a small business and in senior business management roles, offering free advice to local businesses The Small Business Bus will be located in the Cranbourne Homemaker Centre car park, corner of Thompsons Road and South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne VIC 3977 from 10am to 4pm on Monday 10 August 2015. For more information about the Small Business Bus or to book a free on-board mentoring session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. The Small Business Festival Victoria runs throughout the month of August. For details of the full festival program, including festival features and key events in Melbourne and regional Victoria, visit business.vic.gov.au/festival Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP.  “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face help and plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing regional communities with greater access to important Government services.” “The highly sought bus services will be undoubtedly be a drawcard of this year’s Small Business Festival Victoria, visiting several events throughout Melbourne and regional festival locations across the state.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis:   "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing them with ongoing business support services,  encouraging them to grow and create more local jobs. ”  

GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR NEW EQUIPMENT AT MONASH HEALTH

Monash Health will benefit from new and upgraded dental equipment, which will ensure locals get better and safer public dental care, more quickly. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $207 million in public dental services in 2015-16. This funding will provide dental treatment to over 332,000 eligible patients this year, and includes more than $3.7 million to upgrade equipment at more than 40 public dental clinics across the State. Monash Health will receive funding for a new steriliser, five x-ray machines and to upgrade digital technology which will mean higher quality care, improved safety and better outcomes for patients. The upgraded digital radiography equipment will mean dentists can quickly share images with other clinicians and doctors. The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s health system so that more patients can get the care they need when they need it. In contrast, the Federal Abbott Government has slashed funding for public dental services. The National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services was supposed to provide Victoria $220 million over three years, however this was cut in the recent Federal Budget to just $38.5 million for one year only. These federal funding cuts will see 214,400 fewer Victorians receiving dental care this year, and it’s not yet clear what – if any – continued funding will be provided in future years. The failure to commit to funding beyond this financial year places even more pressure on public dental services and will see Victorians wait even longer for vital dental treatment. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving dental services for Victorians because good oral health is vital to an individual’s general health and their overall sense of wellbeing and self-esteem. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy “Good oral health is the foundation for good overall health, and the Andrews Labor Government is investing in new equipment and technology to ensure Victorians get the best public dental care possible, more quickly." "We know that lack of access to timely dental care can cause conditions to worsen and can even lead to chronic disease.” “The Abbott Government’s cuts to public dental services will see Victorians wait even longer for vital dental treatment.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “This new equipment will mean Monash Health can continue to deliver vital public dental services to the local community including at the Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre.” “The dentists and dental technicians at Monash Health do such fantastic work. Good teeth are so important because they keep us healthy and make us feel more confident.”

GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR NEW EQUIPMENT AT MONASH HEALTH

Monash Health will benefit from new and upgraded dental equipment, which will ensure locals get better and safer public dental care, more quickly. The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $207 million in public dental services in 2015-16. This funding will provide dental treatment to over 332,000 eligible patients this year, and includes more than $3.7 million to upgrade equipment at more than 40 public dental clinics across the State. Monash Health will receive funding for a new steriliser, five x-ray machines and to upgrade digital technology which will mean higher quality care, improved safety and better outcomes for patients. The upgraded digital radiography equipment will mean dentists can quickly share images with other clinicians and doctors. The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s health system so that more patients can get the care they need when they need it. In contrast, the Federal Abbott Government has slashed funding for public dental services. The National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services was supposed to provide Victoria $220 million over three years, however this was cut in the recent Federal Budget to just $38.5 million for one year only. These federal funding cuts will see 214,400 fewer Victorians receiving dental care this year, and it’s not yet clear what – if any – continued funding will be provided in future years. The failure to commit to funding beyond this financial year places even more pressure on public dental services and will see Victorians wait even longer for vital dental treatment. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving dental services for Victorians because good oral health is vital to an individual’s general health and their overall sense of wellbeing and self-esteem. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy “Good oral health is the foundation for good overall health, and the Andrews Labor Government is investing in new equipment and technology to ensure Victorians get the best public dental care possible, more quickly." "We know that lack of access to timely dental care can cause conditions to worsen and can even lead to chronic disease.” “The Abbott Government’s cuts to public dental services will see Victorians wait even longer for vital dental treatment.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “This new equipment will mean Monash Health can continue to deliver vital public dental services to the local community including at the Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre.” “The dentists and dental technicians at Monash Health do such fantastic work. Good teeth are so important because they keep us healthy and make us feel more confident.”

 

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS URGED TO NOMINATE FOR NEW COUNCIL

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers to better recognise the work that volunteers do in our local community. Labor Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP, today urged local community organisations and individuals to submit nominations. Volunteers make an enormous contribution to our community and the broader economy. The Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers will advise the Government on how best to support and strengthen volunteers and oversee a broader program of recognition. Mr Perera said that volunteering is an enormous benefit to the community, and gives people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to help someone else or to work for a cause. Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams will chair the new council, which will meet quarterly. Members will comprise Government appointees and nominees from the volunteering community. Membership of the council will be finalised and announced later this year. The 2012 Economic Value of Volunteering in Victoria report showed volunteering contributions were worth about $23 billion to the Victorian economy in 2011, estimated to grow up to $42 billion by 2021. To nominate or find out more visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/volunteers-council Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne, “Volunteers do great work in our community. Their selfless efforts hold so many of our local organisations and causes together.” “Getting involved in volunteering is rewarding and helps others. This new Ministerial Advisory Committee will ensure we support our volunteers and recognise their work.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “There is no one better to help the Andrews Labor Government support volunteers than the leaders who know this important community and the challenges they face so well.” “The Ministerial Council for Volunteers will make sure the contributions of volunteers are taken seriously and Victorians who give their time to help the community will receive the recognition they deserve.”

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS URGED TO NOMINATE FOR NEW COUNCIL

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers to better recognise the work that volunteers do in our local community. Labor Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP, today urged local community organisations and individuals to submit nominations. Volunteers make an enormous contribution to our community and the broader economy. The Ministerial Advisory Council for Volunteers will advise the Government on how best to support and strengthen volunteers and oversee a broader program of recognition. Mr Perera said that volunteering is an enormous benefit to the community, and gives people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to help someone else or to work for a cause. Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams will chair the new council, which will meet quarterly. Members will comprise Government appointees and nominees from the volunteering community. Membership of the council will be finalised and announced later this year. The 2012 Economic Value of Volunteering in Victoria report showed volunteering contributions were worth about $23 billion to the Victorian economy in 2011, estimated to grow up to $42 billion by 2021. To nominate or find out more visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/volunteers-council Quotes attributable to Jude Perera MP, State Member for Cranbourne, “Volunteers do great work in our community. Their selfless efforts hold so many of our local organisations and causes together.” “Getting involved in volunteering is rewarding and helps others. This new Ministerial Advisory Committee will ensure we support our volunteers and recognise their work.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “There is no one better to help the Andrews Labor Government support volunteers than the leaders who know this important community and the challenges they face so well.” “The Ministerial Council for Volunteers will make sure the contributions of volunteers are taken seriously and Victorians who give their time to help the community will receive the recognition they deserve.”

ESC DRAFT REPORT ON RATE CAPPING RELEASED

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has today handed down its draft report on a council rate capping framework. State Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP said the report emphasised the need for change, after an average rate increase of six per cent every year, for the last fifteen years. Mr Perera said that the Andrews Labor Government understood that the massive hikes in rate rises in recent years was unfairly impacting local families especially families in the City of Casey. The ESC were tasked by the Labor Government to provide advice on capping rates and ways to promote the transparency and discipline within local councils that communities deserve. Mr Perera said that the Labor Government would now be reviewing the draft advice of the ESC, with the ESC’s final report due at the end of September. The ESC will move to its next stage of consultation, inviting written submissions and holding a series of forums. Quotes attributable to State Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP “Our Fair Go Rates Cap is about ending the excessive rate increases of the past, which have been at double or triple the rate of inflation.”  “The Commission’s draft report provides advice to the Andrews Labor Government on potential options for our Fair Go Rates Cap. We will consider it along with the final report, due in September.” “The Commission’s consultations will give communities and councils a say, so that we end up with a rates system that is clearer and fairer. I urge local residents to be a part of this process.”

ESC DRAFT REPORT ON RATE CAPPING RELEASED

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has today handed down its draft report on a council rate capping framework. State Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP said the report emphasised the need for change, after an average rate increase of six per cent every year, for the last fifteen years. Mr Perera said that the Andrews Labor Government understood that the massive hikes in rate rises in recent years was unfairly impacting local families especially families in the City of Casey. The ESC were tasked by the Labor Government to provide advice on capping rates and ways to promote the transparency and discipline within local councils that communities deserve. Mr Perera said that the Labor Government would now be reviewing the draft advice of the ESC, with the ESC’s final report due at the end of September. The ESC will move to its next stage of consultation, inviting written submissions and holding a series of forums. Quotes attributable to State Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP “Our Fair Go Rates Cap is about ending the excessive rate increases of the past, which have been at double or triple the rate of inflation.”  “The Commission’s draft report provides advice to the Andrews Labor Government on potential options for our Fair Go Rates Cap. We will consider it along with the final report, due in September.” “The Commission’s consultations will give communities and councils a say, so that we end up with a rates system that is clearer and fairer. I urge local residents to be a part of this process.”

LABOR BOOST TO PROVIDE UNIFORMS & BOOKS FOR KIDS IN OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Students in our local area will be big winners as part of the Andrews Labor governments additional funding for school uniforms, shoes, books and stationery through State Schools’ Relief (SSR). The Andrews Labor Government’s $15.6 million commitment will enable SSR to increase the number of students receiving financial help, up from the 10,000 who benefited from the program last year to 35,000 this year. State Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP is committed to supporting families and making sure every student has every chance to reach their full potential. This includes helping parents with the costs of educating their children. For 85 years, SSR has worked with government schools to provide school essentials (uniforms, shoes, textbooks) to struggling families, helping more children to fully participate in education. It is the leading agency providing such assistance to students in Victorian government schools. Schools can apply online to State Schools' Relief at www.ssr.net.au/schools when they believe a student needs help with appropriate uniforms and footwear for school. Families looking for support through the program should contact their local child's school directly. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “We’re expanding this assistance because disadvantage shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a great education, every child should be supported to do their best.” “Only the Andrews Labor Government is giving the support needed, so our kids to get the education they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP “Too many children learn about disadvantage the hard way, when their families can’t afford new uniforms, textbooks or stationary.” “We’re helping families meet the costs of school, because every child deserves every chance to fit in and thrive.”

LABOR BOOST TO PROVIDE UNIFORMS & BOOKS FOR KIDS IN OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Students in our local area will be big winners as part of the Andrews Labor governments additional funding for school uniforms, shoes, books and stationery through State Schools’ Relief (SSR). The Andrews Labor Government’s $15.6 million commitment will enable SSR to increase the number of students receiving financial help, up from the 10,000 who benefited from the program last year to 35,000 this year. State Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP is committed to supporting families and making sure every student has every chance to reach their full potential. This includes helping parents with the costs of educating their children. For 85 years, SSR has worked with government schools to provide school essentials (uniforms, shoes, textbooks) to struggling families, helping more children to fully participate in education. It is the leading agency providing such assistance to students in Victorian government schools. Schools can apply online to State Schools' Relief at www.ssr.net.au/schools when they believe a student needs help with appropriate uniforms and footwear for school. Families looking for support through the program should contact their local child's school directly. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “We’re expanding this assistance because disadvantage shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a great education, every child should be supported to do their best.” “Only the Andrews Labor Government is giving the support needed, so our kids to get the education they deserve.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera MP “Too many children learn about disadvantage the hard way, when their families can’t afford new uniforms, textbooks or stationary.” “We’re helping families meet the costs of school, because every child deserves every chance to fit in and thrive.”

LABOR’S FUNDING BOOST FOR MONASH HEALTH

The Andrews Labor Government is providing hospitals with extra funding to ensure Victorians can get the care they need when they need it. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the 2015-16 budget allocations for Victorian hospitals, including $1.16 billion for Monash Health. This is $60 million more than Monash Health was provided in last year’s State Budget and includes a new neonatal intensive care bed. In 2015-16, the Andrews Labor Government is spending a total of $15.85 billion across the entire health system; in hospitals, ambulance services, mental health and drugs services, aged care, community health and public health services. This is an increase of six per cent on 2014-15. Victorian hospitals alone will share in $9.4 billion, which is $451.8 million (5 per cent) more than was provided in 2014-15. This additional funding will support health services to meet the increasing demands of a growing and ageing population, expand and improve services and care, and reduce waiting times. The Government’s extra investment in hospitals will enable an additional 60,000 patients to be admitted to Victorian hospitals, and an extra 40,000 patients to be treated in emergency departments, each year. The Government has also invested more than $560 million to build new hospitals, expand and redevelop health and ambulance facilities, and purchase and upgrade equipment. Casey Hospital, part of Monash Health, will receive $106.3 million for a major expansion that will deliver four new operating theatres, a surgery recovery centre, 96 extra beds and an intensive care unit. Monash Children’s Hospital will receive $3.8 million for a new rooftop helipad, and $7.1 million will be spent on infrastructure upgrades at Monash Medical Centre. A further $16.2 million will expand medical imaging and outpatient services at Moorabbin Hospital. In addition, the Government has provided $200 million for a Hospital Beds Rescue Fund to open beds and points of care at hospitals across Victoria. This will enable hospitals to treat more patients sooner and reduce waiting times for elective surgery and emergency care. Monash Health has received funding to open four coronary care inpatient points of care at Dandenong Hospital, which will enable it to treat an extra 147patients each year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy “We are providing extra funding to hospitals; we are building and expanding health services; and we are improving care in our communities. We are putting patients first.” “Not only are we investing more in health than the previous Liberal Government, we are also making important reforms so that our health system improves and Victorians can get the care they need, when they need it.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with rebuilding our health system so that Victorians can get the care and treatment they need and deserve.” "The doctors, nurses and staff at Monash Health do such a fantastic job. I'm proud to be part of a government that is investing in our health system which means they can provide even more care for our loved ones." Media Contact: Evelyn Ek 0412 887 853 | evelyn.ek@minstaff.vic.gov.au

LABOR’S FUNDING BOOST FOR MONASH HEALTH

The Andrews Labor Government is providing hospitals with extra funding to ensure Victorians can get the care they need when they need it. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the 2015-16 budget allocations for Victorian hospitals, including $1.16 billion for Monash Health. This is $60 million more than Monash Health was provided in last year’s State Budget and includes a new neonatal intensive care bed. In 2015-16, the Andrews Labor Government is spending a total of $15.85 billion across the entire health system; in hospitals, ambulance services, mental health and drugs services, aged care, community health and public health services. This is an increase of six per cent on 2014-15. Victorian hospitals alone will share in $9.4 billion, which is $451.8 million (5 per cent) more than was provided in 2014-15. This additional funding will support health services to meet the increasing demands of a growing and ageing population, expand and improve services and care, and reduce waiting times. The Government’s extra investment in hospitals will enable an additional 60,000 patients to be admitted to Victorian hospitals, and an extra 40,000 patients to be treated in emergency departments, each year. The Government has also invested more than $560 million to build new hospitals, expand and redevelop health and ambulance facilities, and purchase and upgrade equipment. Casey Hospital, part of Monash Health, will receive $106.3 million for a major expansion that will deliver four new operating theatres, a surgery recovery centre, 96 extra beds and an intensive care unit. Monash Children’s Hospital will receive $3.8 million for a new rooftop helipad, and $7.1 million will be spent on infrastructure upgrades at Monash Medical Centre. A further $16.2 million will expand medical imaging and outpatient services at Moorabbin Hospital. In addition, the Government has provided $200 million for a Hospital Beds Rescue Fund to open beds and points of care at hospitals across Victoria. This will enable hospitals to treat more patients sooner and reduce waiting times for elective surgery and emergency care. Monash Health has received funding to open four coronary care inpatient points of care at Dandenong Hospital, which will enable it to treat an extra 147patients each year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy “We are providing extra funding to hospitals; we are building and expanding health services; and we are improving care in our communities. We are putting patients first.” “Not only are we investing more in health than the previous Liberal Government, we are also making important reforms so that our health system improves and Victorians can get the care they need, when they need it.” Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP. “The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with rebuilding our health system so that Victorians can get the care and treatment they need and deserve.” "The doctors, nurses and staff at Monash Health do such a fantastic job. I'm proud to be part of a government that is investing in our health system which means they can provide even more care for our loved ones." Media Contact: Evelyn Ek 0412 887 853 | evelyn.ek@minstaff.vic.gov.au