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Grant submissions open for Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

By Vanessa Wiltshire

MORE regional Victorians will be able to get the world-class care they need closer to home, with grants now open for the latest round of the State Government’s flagship Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

Premier Daniel Andrews officially launched the latest round of the RHIF last Friday — made possible by a $100 million boost in this year’s Victorian budget — at the opening of the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative Medical and Regional Health Hub, which was built thanks to this fund.

“As someone who grew up in regional Victoria, I know how important local health services are to local communities,” Mr Andrews said.

“We’re making sure more regional patients can get the world-class care they need with this landmark infrastructure fund.”

This year’s boost takes the fund’s total to $350 million.

Over the past three years, the RHIF has funded 284 projects across regional Victoria, creating more than 430 construction jobs along the way.

“We’re backing regional doctors and nurses to do what they do best, in upgraded facilities right across Victoria,” Ms Mikakos said.

Health services are encouraged to apply for grants for construction and refurbishment projects, technology upgrades and state-of-the-art medical and engineering equipment.

Rural and regional hospitals, health services and agencies can make submissions at https://dhhs.smartygrants.com.au/RHIFR4.