Posted on 08. Oct, 2010 in Clayton Update

In a major boost to babies, children and families in the state’s growing south east, a re-elected Brumby Labor Government will invest $250 million to expand Monash Children’s at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.

Visiting the Monash Medical Centre today, Premier John Brumby announced the Government would deliver purpose-built facilities at Monash Children’s, providing more capacity to treat our youngest patients.

“We are taking action to give Victorians a better health system by building new hospitals and expanding health facilities,” Mr Brumby said.

“Victorians expect and deserve the best health facilities no matter where they live and that’s why we will continue to make major investments in our health system.

“We will provide $250 million to build the Monash Children’s Centre to support the needs of families in the state’s south east and to provide more services to babies and children.

“This is one of the largest suburban hospital development projects in the state’s history, creating 435 jobs during construction and once completed will be able to provide treatment to an additional 7300 patients each year.”

Mr Brumby said the project would expand the capacity of services at Southern Health provided specifically for children.

More than 27,000 children, including more than 2000 newborns receive care at Monash Children’s each year.

“There are more than 330,000 children living in the south-east growth corridor and the new centre will mean more babies and children can receive their care more quickly, closer to home, and closer to their families,” Mr Brumby said.

Health Minister Daniel Andrews said the new Monash Children’s would deliver 230 beds, three operating theatres and a procedure room.

“The Monash Medical Centre is already a major provider of paediatric care and the new centre will bolster their paediatric surgery and specialist paediatric services including foetal surgery, cancer services, orthopaedics, and more capacity to treat newborns,” Mr Andrew said.

“There will be operating theatres, imaging services, outpatient facilities, a new child protection unit and neurodevelopment unit, a 20-bed adolescent mental health unit, state-wide sleep school, and research space.

“This purpose built centre will ensure the staff at Monash Children’s will have the facilities they need to continue providing high quality care for babies and children.” 

Mr Brumby said the new facility would boost paediatric services so more young patients in Melbourne’s south-east and Gippsland region could be treated closer to home.

“As well as ensuring there are more hospital beds for children, it will have space dedicated to providing paediatric services,” Mr Brumby said.

“This investment is helping to ensure Victorians have access to the best health services available.

“The Victorian Government has invested $7.5 billion in rebuilding our health system – the largest health capital program in the State’s history.

Other projects across the state include:

  • $1 billion new Royal Children’s Hospital project;
  • $473 million Bendigo Hospital project;
  • $407.5 million redevelopment of Box Hill Hospital; and
  • $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, delivered in partnership with the Commonwealth Government.

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