Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

$200M is available from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to help hospitals with facilities upgrade and meet the needs of their communities.

Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

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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:

  1. How your hospital is under demand pressures from increasing population or changing demographics. What evidence do you have?
  2. 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?
  3. That your buildings and equipment need a major refurbishment? Why are your current facilities not adequate?
  4. That safety and quality of services is being compromised? Do you have figures or incidents to support this claim?
  5. That you are failing compliance and regulatory requirements. Any evidence to support this?
  6. Clinical risk is increasing.  Can you show a trend of increasing risks or a recent risk management report?

 

Background

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.

 

Funding

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.

 

Eligible Applicants

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.

 

Eligible Projects

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.

 

Timing

Applications close 21 August 2017.

 

Need Help Preparing This Grant Application?
Call 1300 658 508

 

 More Information

 

Recipients

# 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

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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

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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.

 

Future Industries Fund Grant Consultant

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Media Release

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 programensuring 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.

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