$200M is available from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to help hospitals with facilities upgrade and meet the needs of their communities.
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Regional Health Infrastructure Fund
The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is a dedicated new fund to rebuild rural and regional hospitals will ensure families in regional Victoria have access to the quality health care they deserve.
How to get this grant?
Your Regional Health Infrastructure Fund application will need to show:
- How your hospital is under demand pressures from increasing population or changing demographics. What evidence do you have?
- How your current buildings are not fit for purpose? An example is moving from low-care to high-care residential aged services? How can you prove this?
- That your buildings and equipment need a major refurbishment? Why are your current facilities not adequate?
- That safety and quality of services is being compromised? Do you have figures or incidents to support this claim?
- That you are failing compliance and regulatory requirements. Any evidence to support this?
- Clinical risk is increasing. Can you show a trend of increasing risks or a recent risk management report?
The Victorian Government has established the $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund as part of its commitment to better health for people in rural and regional Victoria. The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will assist regional and rural health services to improve:
- safety and quality of services
- service capacity
- models of care
- patient and staff amenity and
- service efficiency.
Projects will be determined through application-based funding rounds, with rural and regional hospitals and health services and agencies able to make submissions.
The Department of Health and Human Services will oversee an annual grants process of $50 million per year for four years. The first round was delivered in 2016-17. The second round opens on Monday, 22 May 2017.
The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is available to Victorian regional and subregional health services, local and small rural health services, multipurpose services, public residential aged care services, registered community health services, bush nursing hospitals and centres, women’s health services and Aboriginal community controlled health organisations. In the second round eligibility has been expanded to include publicly funded community palliative care services.
Regional Health Infrastructure Fund can be used to build new or remodel existing facilities to provide greater comfort for patients and enable doctors and nurses to deliver safer, and more efficient care. Health services can also apply to buy equipment including furniture, fittings, and medical equipment or upgrade essential infrastructure such as plant equipment, systems to reduce power and water usage and information and communications technology. In summary, the grants can be used for:
- construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects
- equipment including: standalone furniture, fittings, medical equipment and plant
- information and communications technology
- new technologies including systems to reduce usage and increase efficiencies of power and/or water.
Priority will be given to applications that address:
- Demand pressures from increasing population and/or changing age profile
- Need for buildings to be fit for purpose – e.g. moving from low care to high care residential aged services
- Need for major refurbishment / repairs / replacement of ageing buildings and equipment
- Safety and quality of services including compliance with regulatory requirements and reduction of clinical risk.
Applications close 21 August 2017.
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|#||Agency||Type||Project allocation||Project name|
|1||Albury Wodonga Health||Regional Health Service||$330,414||Upgrade of facilities and equipment at Kerford|
Inpatient Unit, Mackie House OPMHS
Wangaratta and Nolan House Albury
|2||Albury Wodonga Health||Regional Health Service||$302,235||Replacement of the Nurse Call system at Wodonga Hospital|
|3||Bairnsdale Regional Health Service||Sub Regional Health Service||$273,500||Replacement of existing Chiller system servicing the Theatre Complex and Medical/surgical ward – Bairnsdale Hospital|
|4||Ballan District Health and Care||Bush Nursing Hospitals||$108,671||Main Kitchen Refurbishment|
|5||Ballan District Health and Care||Bush Nursing Hospitals||$81,600||Risk management system|
|6||Ballan District Health and Care||Bush Nursing Hospitals||$78,427||Servers and associated equipment Redundancy and back-up|
|7||Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd||Regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation||$6,000,000||New standalone medical clinic and regional health – hub housing new and existing health and specialist services|
|8||Ballarat Health Services||Regional Health Service||$1,000,000||Planning for redesign of hot floor at Base Hospital|
|9||Ballarat Health Services||Regional Health Service||$1,547,870||Replacement of six Laparoscopic camera tower systems in Operating Suites – Ballarat Base Hospital|
|10||Ballarat Health Services||Regional Health Service||$1,320,000||Replacement of chillers – Queen Elizabeth Centre|
|11||Ballarat Health Services||Regional Health Service||$150,225||Expansion of current wireless network – Queen Elizabeth Centre|
|12||Barwon Health||Regional Health Service||$921,378||Call Bell replacement program|
|13||Barwon Health||Regional Health Service||$600,000||Cardiac Services Telemetry Monitoring System|
|14||Barwon Health||Regional Health Service||$400,000||Barwon Health Cancer Services Audio Visual Connections|
|15||Bass Coast Health||Sub Regional Health Service||$611,000||Theatre Air Handling Units (AHU’s), controls and Building Management System|
|16||Bass Coast Health||Sub Regional Health Service||$55,400||Neo-natal Resuscitation Cots|
|17||Bass Coast Health||Sub Regional Health Service||$437,500||Water filtration system and associated infrastructure|
|18||Bass Coast Health||Sub Regional Health Service||$985,350||Installation of sprinkler system to all bed based areas – Wonthaggi Hospital|
|19||Bass Coast Health||Sub Regional Health Service||$17,143||Replacement of Instrument Drying Cabinet – Wonthaggi Hospital|
|20||Bass Coast Health||Sub Regional Health Service||$982,000||Replacement of the central chilled water plant|
and associated equipment – Wonthaggi Hospital
|21||Beechworth Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$92,775||Installation of a fire sprinkler system –- Beechworth Health Service|
|22||Benalla Health||Local Health Service||$1,580,000||Construction of a new building comprising seven single rooms with ensuites, a store room and a Nurse Unit Manager’s office – Morrie Evans Wing (Stage 1).|
|23||Benalla Health||Local Health Service||$2,601,000||Construction of a new building comprising nine single rooms with ensuites and ancillary areas – Morrie Evans Wing (stage 2)|
|24||Benalla Health||Local Health Service||$52,670||Purchase of Portable Ultrasound device – Benalla Hospital|
|25||Benalla Health||Local Health Service||$32,970||Purchase of a defibrillator monitor – Benalla Hospital|
|26||Benalla Health||Local Health Service||$130,000||Replacement of Clinical ICT infrastructure – Benalla Hospital|
|27||Bendigo Community Health Services Ltd||Registered Community Health Service||$384,150||Fit-out of new premises (and the adjoining entry/reception area) adjoining current base at 171 Hargreaves Street|
|28||Buchan Bush Nursing Centre||Bush Nursing Centre||$18,309||Upgrade of Motor Vehicle – Buchan Bush Nursing Centre.|
|29||Casterton Memorial Hospital||Small Rural Health Service||$135,000||Replacement of existing air conditioning system in Acute|
Residential Care and Reception/Administration – Casterton Memorial Hospital.
|30||Central Gippsland Health Service||Sub Regional Health Service||$4,126,691||Expansion of the surgical services at Sale Hospital to include major orthopaedic surgery.|
|31||Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd||Registered Community Health Service||$9,771,000||Construction of a new Health Community Access Hub – Cobaw Community Health|
|32||Cobden District Health Services||Bush Nursing Hospitals||$40,000||Replacement of Hydronic Heating System, upgrade Switchboard and Controls – Community Health & Lovely Banks Nursing Home.|
|33||Cobram District Health||Small Rural Health Service||$180,000||Upgrade of current telecommunication infrastructure|
|34||Cobram District Health||Small Rural Health Service||$370,000||Upgrade of current electrical substation and main switchboard|
|35||Cobram District Health||Small Rural Health Service||$460,000||Replacement of the Chilled water system – Cobram Hospital|
|36||Colac Area Health||Local Health Service||$642,000||Installation of hydrant flow and pressure upgrade; automatic fire suppression systems; building occupant warning system|
|37||Djerriwarrh Health Services||Local Health Service||$9,000,000||Operating Theatre Renovation|
|38||Djerriwarrh Health Services||Local Health Service||$1,590,000||Maternity Unit Renovation|
|39||East Grampians Health Service||Local Health Service||$4,120,000||Expanded Community Health Centre|
|40||Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital||Small Rural Health Service||$6,317,642||Redevelopment of the aged care facilities – Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital|
|41||Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre||Bush Nursing Centre||$8,930||Carpet replacement in clinical areas|
|42||Euroa Health Inc||Bush Nursing Hospitals||$231,104||Replacement of Nurse Call and security system. Installation of solar panels – Euroa Health.|
|43||Gelantipy District Bush Nursing Centre||Bush Nursing Centre||$28,388||Upgrade Motor Vehicle|
|44||Goulburn Valley Health||Regional Health Service||$9,957,000||Waranga Campus Redevelopment to support the co-location of acute health, aged care and community health services from the Waranga Memorial Hospital on a single, central site in Rushworth|
|45||Hepburn Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$2,475,875||Creswick Nursing Home Redevelopment|
|46||Hepburn Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$354,632||Replacement of ICT equipment – Hepburn Health Service, Daylesford, Creswick, Trentham and Clunes campuses|
|47||Kilmore and District Hospital||Small Rural Health Service||$337,103||Purchase of clinical equipment for Maternity and Neonatal services|
|48||Kilmore and District Hospital||Small Rural Health Service||$143,500||Replacement of Nurse Call for Caladenia Nursing Home|
|49||Kyabram and District Health Services||Local Health Service||$823,180||Remodelling Urgent Care Services and Acute Services hub – Kyabram and District Health Services|
|50||Kyneton District Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$167,750||Replacement of backup Generator – Kyneton District Health Service|
|51||Latrobe Regional Hospital||Regional Health Service||$2,621,000||Expansion of the Special Care Nursery to treat neonates – Latrobe Hospital.|
|52||Lockington & District Bush Nursing Centre||Bush Nursing Centre||$47,890||Replacement Motor Vehicle|
|53||Lockington & District Bush Nursing Centre||Bush Nursing Centre||$44,138||Expansion of verandah – Lockington & District Bush Nursing Centre.|
|54||Lyndoch Living||Incorporated Public Residential Aged Care Service||$494,216||Replacement of Nurse call duress alarm system Lyndoch Living|
|55||Maldon Hospital||Small Rural Health Service||$341,431||Provision of dementia friendly outdoor living area sheltered from the weather and gardening activity area – Jessie Bowe House, Maldon Hospital|
|56||Mansfield District Hospital||Small Rural Health Service||$475,000||Refurbishment of bathrooms, bedrooms, medication room and staff dining area in Buckland House Nursing Home – Mansfield District Hospital|
|57||Maryborough District Health Service||Local Health Service||$258,000||Replacement and upgrade of MDHS Dunolly Fire pump|
|58||Maryborough District Health Service||Local Health Service||$898,800||Increasing access to Medical Imaging Services|
|59||Mildura Base Hospital||Sub Regional Health Service||$2,164,900||Redevelopment and refurbishment of the Inpatient Unit to assist with the reduction in restrictive intervention|
|60||Mildura Base Hospital||Sub Regional Health Service||$2,296,000||Expansion of the Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit – Mildura Base Hospital|
|61||Moyne Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$2,100,000||Urgent Care Centre at Port Fairy|
|62||Nagambie HealthCare||Bush Nursing Hospitals||$258,376||Upgrade of fire protection system – Nagambie HealthCare|
|63||Nexus Primary Health||Registered Community Health Service||$616,831||Renovation and remodelling of the Nexus Primary Health Wallan site including treatment area, pharmacy, kitchen and installation of elevator – Nexus Wallan|
|64||Northeast Health Wangaratta||Sub Regional Health Service||$15,175,000||Construction of new 12 bed Critical Care Unit; construction of new medical records unit; relocate Oncology; expansion of Emergency Departments and clinics; and associated engineering infrastructure – Wangaratta campus|
|65||Otway Health and Community Services||Multi Purpose Service||$371,757||Upgrading Urgent care Unit at Apollo Bay|
|66||Rochester and Elmore District Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$488,525||Replacement of Surgical Services equipment – Rochester Hospital.|
|67||Rochester and Elmore District Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$80,342||Upgrade of duress and Critical Messaging system|
|68||South West Healthcare||Sub Regional Health Service||$5,500,000||Total Planning for stage 2 Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment. (confirmed 11/5/17)|
|69||South West Healthcare||Sub-Regional||$749,024||Refurbish Operating Theatre Complex|
|70||South West Healthcare||Sub-Regional||$1,251,740||Medical Equipment|
|71||Stawell Regional Health||Local Health Service||$220,000||Purchase of two sterilizers to expand CSSD capacity|
|72||Swan Hill District Health||Sub Regional Health Service||$2,660,000||Establishment of Sub Acute Services to include GEM, General Rehabilitation, Palliative care and Transition Care Program – Swan Hill District Health|
|73||Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre||Bush Nursing Centre||$6,993||Install an automatic switch for backup generator – Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre|
|74||Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre||Bush Nursing Centre||$3,945||Install a CCTV system – Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre.|
|75||Tallangatta Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$263,843||Upgrade of fire protection system – Tallangatta Health Service (main building, acute ward, Bolga Court and Lakeview residential care).|
|76||Timboon and District Healthcare Service||Multi Purpose Service||$133,220||Replacement of existing emergency generator – Timboon Hospital|
|77||Upper Murray Health and Community Service||Multi Purpose Service||$783,479||Replacement of the Air Conditioning systems|
– Corryong Hospital
|78||West Gippsland Healthcare Group||Sub Regional Health Service||$1,000,000||Planning of redevelopment Warragul Hospital|
|79||West Gippsland Healthcare Group||Sub Regional Health Service||$3,300,000||Establishment and operation of 8 bed Short Stay Unit|
|80||West Gippsland Healthcare Group||Sub Regional Health Service||$6,000,000||Establishment and operation of a 3rd Operating Room and required infrastructure|
|81||West Wimmera Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$352,560||Upgrade of the Air Conditioning System – Nhill Campus|
|82||West Wimmera Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$396,003||Upgrade of the fire detection system – Nhill, Natimuk, Rainbow and Jeparit campuses|
|83||Wimmera Health Care Group||Sub Regional Health Service||$2,600,000||Contribution to $5.2 m Wimmera Cancer Care Centre|
|84||Wimmera Health Care Group||Sub Regional Health Service||$634,245||Upgrade of Medical Records, Telephony and ICT infrastructure – Horsham and Dimboola campuses|
|85||Wimmera Health Care Group||Sub Regional Health Service||$90,741||Replacement of ICU Patient Monitoring System|
|86||Wimmera Health Care Group||Sub Regional Health Service||$500,000||Installation of Fire Sprinklers in Acute Building|
|87||Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre Inc||Bush Nursing Centre||$8,634||Installation security system|
|88||Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre Inc||Bush Nursing Centre||$6,000||Upgrade computer server|
|89||Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre Inc||Bush Nursing Centre||$2,699||Replace vaccine fridge.|
|90||Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre Inc||Bush Nursing Centre||$34,650||Install of back-up generator|
|91||Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre Inc||Bush Nursing Centre||$33,400||Replacement Motor Vehicle|
|92||Yarram and District Health Service||Small Rural Health Service||$4,000,000||Constructing new integrated Healthcare Centre – Yarram Hospital|
|93||Yarrawonga Health||Small Rural Health Service||$413,031||Refurbishment of the aged infrastructure in Warrina Hostel|
|Round 1 total||$132,050,795|
Some Recent Case Studies
The Education Investment Fund is one of three Nation-building funds established by the Nation-building Funds Act 2008.
The role of the EIF is to build a modern, productive, internationally competitive Australian economy by supporting world leading, strategically focused infrastructure investments.
Ben Cusack worked with the following clients to develop their grant applications:
- 2011 – Southern Cross University – $46M Project – $33M Grant
- 2012 – Southern Cross University – $39M Project – $28M Grant
Bulletpoint assisted the Greater Shepparton City Council to receive $7.19 million towards the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct through the Regional Development Australia Fund Round Four.
This project will substantially expand the capacity of the 65 hectare Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct (GSRSP) by building new fields and facilities for a range of sports.
It will provide modern infrastructure for the site, including a linking boulevard, fencing, landscaping, playgrounds, signage, car parks, traffic signals and supporting works.
The project will include construction of five new football fields, a new synthetic hockey pitch and athletics track, and eight new netball courts, together with upgrades to existing multipurpose fields. New lighting, pavilions and improved spectator amenities feature in most elements of the project.
Bulletpoint assisted Harry & Larry’s Ice-cream secure $1,200,000. Based in Brunswick, Harry & Larry’s manufacture a range of specialty ice creams.
The grant will see 30 new jobs created and investment in a factory expansion with custom engineered production lines, including the latest freezing technology, to make a range of gourmet ice creams and desserts in complex shapes and layers.
Bulletpoint assisted KHA secure $1.04M for a National Education Program for End Stage Kidney Disease. The cumulative cost to the Australian Government of treating all current and new cases of ESKD from 2009 to 2020 is estimated at around $12 billion. The project will support the development of comprehensive education to support the patient journey towards home dialysis potentially saving $430 M.
Bulletpoint assisted Healthfirst secure $770,000 to provide telehealth training and support to 800 health professionals in South Australia.Healthfirst are major providers of health care services and training in Australia.They focus on improving access and models of care (service redesign) in General Practice and community settings.
Bulletpoint assisted Eldercare secure $400,000 to build workforce capacity and capability in Residential Aged Care.Eldercare is a not-for-profit aged care provider with 22 locations throughout Adelaide, South Australia.The project will focus on increasing the competencies of carers from a sample of locations and reconfiguring their roles.
More regional Victorians will be able to get the health care they need closer to home, thanks to a big Budget boost for the Andrews Labor Government’s flagship Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).
The $50 million boost, delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19, was announced today, as Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards at Bendigo Health’s Golden Oaks Nursing Home.
The now $250 million fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – will go to rebuilding rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access the quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live. Already the RHIF has funded 172 projects across regional Victoria, creating over 430 construction jobs.
While in Bendigo, Premier Daniel Andrews also announced that the Golden Oaks Nursing Home would receive nearly $5 million through the second round of the Labor Government’s RHIF program, ensuring residents get the modern, high quality facilities they deserve.
This funding boost will be used to build a new 15-bed wing, enabling the majority of residents to move from dual occupancy to single rooms, and securing the long-term future of this aged care facility.
This will mean residents can look forward to more private and comfortable bedrooms, as well as safer and more modern amenities. A dining room and kitchen upgrade will also allow for meals to be cooked fresh onsite.
Meanwhile, construction is now underway on a $3.5 million project to build a link between the Golden Oaks Nursing Home and the 45-bed Carshalton House. This project – funded in conjunction with Bendigo Health and a generous bequest – will further improve the quality of life for residents.
Last year’s Budget delivered $1.67 billion to help hospitals meet demand and provide the care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. In 2017/18, Bendigo Health received $290.5 million in funding from the Labor Government – a whopping $56.7 million increase on the Liberals’ last Budget.
This is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull who has declared his intention to short-change Victoria’s hospitals by $2.1 billion – and put patients at risk – with his proposed and deeply flawed National Health Reform Agreement.
Hitting local patients hard, Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed agreement would mean a $56.8 million shortfall for Bendigo Health – the equivalent of 191 fewer doctors, 455 fewer nurses or 9,155 fewer surgeries.