July 23, 2018

STATE GOVERNMENT DELIVERS MASSIVE BOOST FOR AUSTIN HEALTH

Austin Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care.

Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today announced the State Government is investing $698.62 million at Austin Health. That’s $60.13 million more than the previous 12 months – a 9.4 per cent increase.

The funding for Austin Health has increased by $141.78 million, or 25.5 per cent, since 2014/15. Austin Health’s budget includes funding for an extra Intensive Care Unit bed.

It’s all part of the State Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals, a record $11.5 billion investment. It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months.

The State Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home.

The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months.

In total, the State Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services.

The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“We’re delivering record funding to ensure the Austin and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home.”

“Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.”