Victorian healthcare sector a big winner in the 2019-2020 State Budget


The Victorian Budget 2019/20 is set to deliver on the Labor Government’s $3.8 billion plan to build modern hospitals for a growing Victoria, with two million more patients expected to be treated over the next year.

Patients in Melbourne’s booming western suburbs are among the big winners in the state budget, with $1.4 billion set aside to complete a new hospital in Footscray.

Those living in regional areas will also benefit from $136 million to deliver 500,000 specialist appointments in rural Victoria, while $213.6 million will be pumped into building new parenting centres and employing more maternal and child health nurses.

Winners from this year's budget include:

Footscray Hospital

An additional $1.4 billion for construction of the 504-bed Footscray Hospital, cutting waiting times for local families and caring for an extra 15,000 patients, to fully fund the $1.5 billion project.

Bendigo Hospital

$59.5 million for a new rehabilitation centre at Bendigo Hospital, bringing together vital health services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics and orthotics all under the one roof.

Royal Children’s Hospital

$31.4 million for 30 new in-patient beds and an expansion of the emergency department of the Royal Children’s Hospital, ensuring this renowned institution continues to offer world-class care to our sickest kids.

Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

The Budget also includes a $100 million to boost the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund – already the biggest dedicated fund of its kind in our state’s history – to ensure regional Victorians are getting the best care, wherever they live.

Wantirna Health

An additional $81.6 million will go towards a new 120-bed aged care facility at Wantirna Health which will include 60 high-need beds to complement existing palliative care services.

Frankston Hospital

$6 million to kickstart planning on the 11-storey redevelopment of Frankston Hospital, delivering 120 new beds, new operating theatres and expanded child and maternal health services for local families.

Five new dedicated children’s emergency departments

$5.9 million to plan five new dedicated children’s emergency departments at Northern Hospital, Frankston Hospital, Casey Hospital, Maroondah Hospital and Geelong University Hospital, giving parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most.

Melton Hospital

$2.3 million to plan for the first stage of a new Melton Hospital, with work to determine the location, size and range of services this growing community requires.

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