Regional health fund now open

THE state government is helping communities across rural and regional Victoria access world-class healthcare close to home, with the latest round of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) now open.

Minister for Health Infrastructure Mary-Anne Thomas has called for Victoria’s regional and rural health services to enter their submissions for the latest round of funding.

RHIF delivers a variety of projects across regional Victoria, including theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms, expansion projects and equipment upgrades.

RHIF has funded 630 projects – the largest investment ever dedicated to rural and regional health services.

In Lakes Entrance, more than $562,000 in funding has enabled Gippsland Lakes Community Health to install a 220-panel solar power system to provide critical backup power in the event of natural disasters or other emergencies.

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund provides government funding to rural and regional health services and agencies across Victoria, so these services can continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.

Submissions close on September 11, 2023.

All eligible health services and agencies are encouraged to participate by familiarising themselves with application requirements and attending an upcoming online information webinar.