The Victorian Government is upgrading more than 50 public sector residential aged care services, delivering hundreds of new jobs and ensuring thousands of older Victorians continue to get the care and comfort they deserve.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan have announced $30 million in funding to improve Victoria’s public sector residential aged care services, home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians.
Included in the funding announcement is $472,800 for facility improvement works for Eastern Health in Mooroolbark.
This funding will allow the facility to undertake various maintenance works to improve resident and staff amenity, accessibility, building fabric and associated infrastructure at the Mooroolbark Aged Psychiatry Mental Health Residential Care Facility.
The overall package will deliver $20 million to upgrade 33 facilities that collectively operate 1,787 aged care beds – including 267 beds that are dedicated to supporting the mental health of older Victorians.
This includes $15 million shared by 17 metropolitan facilities to upgrade buildings, replace infrastructure and improve accessibility for residents and staff.
Another $5 million will see 16 regional facilities also undertake important upgrades, including installing new flooring, refurbishing communal living areas and replacing equipment.
A further $10 million will deliver 20 improvement projects across 19 regional facilities, funded through the fourth round of the Government’s landmark $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).
Funding from the RHIF will enable these regional services to improve their facilities, ensuring residents have the care they need, and their families have the peace of mind they deserve.
The $20 million funding is part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works program – getting thousands of people back to work across our state as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
The RHIF is the biggest dedicated fund of its kind, helping to deliver upgrades to hundreds of regional and rural health services across the state.
Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metro region, Sonja Terpstra
“The Andrews Labor government is committed to providing quality public sector aged care and local jobs. This $472,800 investment will deliver improved facilities for older and vulnerable people in Mooroolbark”
Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“We’re ensuring that older Victorians – our parents and grandparents – continue to receive the care and dignity they deserve in their later years.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“We’re continuing to support our aged care services expand capacity, improve safety – but most importantly, deliver the care Victorians deserve.”