$135,000 boost for Orbost Regional Health

The Victorian Coalition Government will deliver more than $135,000 for a new multi-purpose room at Orbost Regional Health where aged care residents and patients can stay connected to their friends and family.

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, visited Orbost Regional Health on Friday to hear Minister for Health, David Davis, make the announcement that Orbost Regional Health will receive funding for the facility through the Rural Capital Support Fund.

Mr Bull said this multi-purpose facility has been needed for some time and I know that quality of life will be significantly improved by its addition here.

“Not only will the multi-purpose room give access to an outdoor area, it also ensures that aged residents have a space to meet and spend time with family and friends. We know how important it is for people to remain connected with their family, friends and communities,” said Mr Bull.

Minister for Health, David Davis, said Orbost was among 31 health services to share in $17.5 million of grants from the third round of the Rural Capital Support Fund.

“The Coalition Government is delivering $56 million over four years to the Rural Capital Support Fund that provides grants to improve rural and regional health facilities,” Mr Davis said.

“The grants help hospitals, aged care facilities, women’s health and community health services upgrade facilities, implement new models of care and increase service capacity and efficiency.

“The latest funding comes on top of $20.3 million already delivered through the first two funding rounds,” said Mr Davis.

Mr Davis also paid tribute to the local community who have been battling ongoing bushfires this summer throughout Gippsland.

“The last few weeks have tested this community, and it is wonderful to see how well you all have responded,” Mr Davis said.

“Emergency response staff and volunteers alike, right across Gippsland, have made an incredible contribution to the welfare of this region and I offer my thanks to everyone who lent a hand.”