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Investing in health services in Melbourne's Western Suburbs.



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP

Minister for Health and Ageing

THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP

Member for Maribyrnong

MEDIA RELEASE

17 July 2009

Investing in Health Services in Melbourne's Western Suburbs

Sunshine Hospital surgery facilities will be enhanced with a $2.6 million upgrade funded by the Rudd Labor Government.

Western Health will also receive over $800,000 for surgical equipment across the network to assist with elective surgery.

The Minister for Health and Ageing and Member for Gellibrand, Nicola Roxon was joined by Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten to make the announcements.

The upgrade will enhance Sunshine Hospital’s surgery facilities, including a new surgery theatre and a reconfigured operating room area to enable dedicated paediatric recovery streaming.

The funding is part of the second stage of the Rudd Government’s elective surgery plan investing $600 million to improve hospital services and reduce surgery waiting times.

Under stage two, Victoria will receive $36.8 million worth of capital infrastructure projects and surgical equipment to enable long term increases in elective surgery services.

Mrs Roxon said last year’s initial Government funding of $150 million, to blitz elective surgery waiting lists for long wait patients around the nation, highlighted a need for more funding.

“The stage one blitz was highly successful in Victoria, with Victorian hospitals out performing their target by a significant 128 per cent,” she said.

Welcoming the funding, Federal Member for Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten, this funding will assist the busy western suburbs hospital with their elective surgery program.

“This Government initiative is making a practical difference to Victorians who have waited far too long for their surgery,” he said.

While onsite the Minister for Health and Ageing and Member for Maribyrnong took the opportunity to check on progress of the Sunshine teaching, training and research facility which is under construction.

The Rudd Government provided $7m towards construction of the training facility, which will train the future health professionals needed in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

For all media inquiries, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220.