VITAL $11 MILLION BUDGET BOOST FOR MONASH CHILDRENS

Posted on 13. May, 2010 in Clayton Update

Hong Lim MP, Jennifer North Monash Ronald McDonald House, Health Minister Daniel Andrews & Janice Munt MP

Children living in Melbourne’s south east will have even better access to state-of-the-art paediatric care thanks to an $11 million funding boost from the Brumby Labor Government.

Visiting Monash Medical Centre in Clayton today, Health Minister Daniel Andrews said the important investment from the 2010 State Budget would fund a major expansion of Monash Children’s acute and intensive care services.

“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to give Victorians a better health system, by building new hospitals and hiring more doctors and nurses,” Mr Andrews said. 

“Our record investment in health is helping to protect the lifestyle of families in Melbourne’s south east and to build for the future.

“We are building this important new project to meet growing demand on the existing paediatric services at Southern Health’s Monash Medical Centre, and ensure local families can continue to access the very best healthcare, close to home.”

Mr Andrews said the expansion would provide even better services for children and their families at the hospital.

“It includes 10 extra paediatric beds, four additional neonatal intensive care beds and five extra paediatric intensive care beds,” he said. 

“It will also include a new $600,000 family room, to which the Government is contributing $250,000 with the remainder provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“Expanding and building on the important acute and intensive care services at this important paediatric hospital underlines our longstanding commitment to ensure that Victorian families can access world-class health facilities, close to where they live.”

Clayton MP Hong Lim and Mordialloc MP Janice Munt – both MPs in the growing southern metropolitan region – joined Mr Andrews for todays tour.

“This exciting expansion is a great example of our Government’s commitment to improving access to vital health services, especially for the youngest members of our community and their families,” Mr Andrews said.

Construction is expected to start at the end of this year, and be completed in November 2011.

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