LABOR INVESTS IN HEALTH FOR FAMILIES IN OUR LOCAL AREA

The Andrews Labor Government is putting the health of Victorian families first, investing an extra $1.38 billion in our hospitals, ambulances and health programs.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides hospitals across Victoria with additional funding to help reduce waiting times in emergency departments and elective surgery lists.

This increased funding will enable hospitals to admit an extra 60,000 patients and treat an extra 40,000 patients in emergency departments each year.

The Government knows that Casey Hospital is under immense pressure after four years of neglect under the former Liberal Government.

This Budget clearly demonstrates the Labor Government’s commitment to ensuring families in our local area can access quality health care in a timely way.

The Government has invested $200 million to increase Victoria’s hospital capacity over the next four years, in line with the findings of the review undertaken by respected surgeon and former AMA Victoria President Dr Doug Travis.

The $200 million Hospital Beds Rescue Fund will see new beds and points of care opened across the state including at Casey Hospital.

The Government is also investing in new and upgraded hospital buildings and equipment, with a $560 million capital and infrastructure program over the next four years.

This includes:

$106.3 million for a major expansion of Casey Hospital.

A rapidly growing region, this massive investment will enable Casey Hospital to treat 12,000 more patients, conduct 8000 more surgeries and support 500 more births.

A new acute in-patient tower will provide four new operating theatres, a surgery recovery centre and 96 extra beds, including an intensive care unit – increasing the size of the hospital by 35 per cent.

The Labor Government wants to ensure Victorians, no matter where they live, are able to access the health services they need closer to home.

An extra $99 million is also being provided to help address the ambulance crisis left behind by the Liberals.

This increased funding for Ambulance Victoria will deliver more ambulance services, upgrade ambulance branches and provide new and replacement vehicles and equipment. It will also deliver increased support services for Victoria’s hardworking paramedics.

The Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee is undertaking public consultation on its interim report and will provide final recommendations to the Government by the end of the year about how to improve ambulance response times, reduce ramping and better manage paramedic workload and fatigue.

Families in our local area, particularly those with young children, will benefit from the Government’s reintroduction of the Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program, which will commence from 1 June this year. This program was axed by the previous Liberal Government in 2012.

The Government has invested $8.4 million to provide this vaccine for all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation and their partners and all parents and guardians of newborn babies under six months of age.

Victorians will soon be able to access 24-hour health support through new Super Pharmacies. The $28.7 million program will provide for 15 metropolitan pharmacies and five in regional areas to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This will provide Victorians with an alternative to going to an emergency department for minor health problems and will reduce pressure on our hospitals.

Local families and children will also benefit from the Government’s $15 million SunSmart education campaign to highlight the dangers of sun exposure and increase shading in public areas, particularly schools, playgrounds, beaches and parks.

The Government is also investing in medical research and cutting-edge treatments to help better diagnose and treat disease and increase clinical trials.

World-class medical research institutes, teaching hospitals and universities in Victoria will work together to develop a state-wide genomic sequencing capability thanks to a $25 million investment in genomic testing.

This will help health professionals to more quickly diagnose and treat a range of rare medical conditions and illnesses such as inherited neuropathies, epilepsy, leukaemia, cancers and childhood diseases.

Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP

“We are investing in our hospitals and our ambulance service to reduce emergency department waiting times and improve ambulance response times.”

“Our $106million investment to expand Casey Hospital will mean local families can access the care they need, closer to home.”

“Labor always invests in health, and, from upgrading our hospitals, to better supporting our ambulance service, building sunshades and opening new beds, we are doing everything we can to fix our health system.”

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