The Victorian Government yesterday called for the state’s acute-care public hospitals to apply for $60 million worth of funding in the latest round of equipment and infrastructure grants.

The $35 million Medical Equipment Replacement Program and $25 million Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program are designed to help hospitals implement state-of-the-art technologies.

“This is another great chance for hospitals to replace ageing life-saving medical equipment with the most up-to-date, cutting edge technology that will improve patient outcomes,” Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said.

Last year’s round saw 41 health services and public health reference laboratories share the funds.

Ageing legacy devices – such as CT scanners, X-ray rooms, MRI units, gamma cameras and angiography units – are equipment that can be replaced through the initiative.

Upgraded nurse call systems, elevators, heating, air conditioning systems, and electrical, water and fire services are engineering infrastructures that acute-care hospitals can apply to overhaul.

“I urge all health services to apply now for these vital grant programs that ensure patients across Victoria can access safe and reliable health facilities and the very best care,” Skinner said.

The 2017/18 Victorian Budget provided $1.67 billion the health funding.

“Our investment will mean better hospitals, better equipment and faster care for all Victorians, closer to home,” the minister said.



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