The Andrews Labor government is ensuring our public hospitals have the latest life-saving medical equipment and the vital engineering infrastructure they need to continue to provide world-class healthcare to all Victorians.
Health Minister Martin Foley today announced that 33 health services will share $ 85 million in funding to ensure that the state’s public hospitals can continue to do what they do best: save Lives.
This includes 21 metropolitan and regional health services, sharing $ 35 million from the last funding round of the Medical equipment replacement program.
The Medical Equipment Replacement Program provides funding for the replacement of priority medical equipment that is used for active services in Victoria public hospitals.
The state-of-the-art equipment funded includes CT scanners, digital x-ray units, ultrasound, operating room microscopes and cardiac imaging equipment such as transesophageal echocardiography units.
Medical equipment supports operating theaters, emergency departments, surgical departments, intensive care units, neonatal and maternity departments and specialist areas.
This includes a new multi-million dollar PET / CT scanner at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Parkville – one of the first such scanners in Australia with a digital detector. The new machine will allow analyzes to be performed faster and with less administered radioactivity, which is good news for patients and molecular imaging staff.
The scanner will also play an important role in the research and development of a new radiopharmaceuticals program in partnership with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Center and industry.
In addition, twenty-five metropolitan and regional health services share the $ 50 million Engineering infrastructure replacement program to upgrade and replace major engineering infrastructure including generators, coolers, emergency lights, nurse call systems and patient lifts.
The Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program provides funding for the replacement of priority equipment and critical engineering infrastructure for active services in public hospitals.
For more information on the programs, visit: vhba.vic.gov.au
As stated by Minister of Health Martin Foley
“We are investing in health services across the state, helping them provide the high quality care Victorians deserve and ensuring that hospitals can continue to do what they do best – saving lives.”
“Every Victorian deserves access to safe, high-quality care when they need it – we support health services to do just that. “
“We’re making sure our busiest hospitals have the essential infrastructure and equipment they need, as Victorians should be able to access quality health care wherever they live. ”