A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will build five new emergency departments devoted to children and their families – giving parents peace of mind that their kids will get calm, compassionate and dedicated care when they need it most.

There’s nothing quite as scary as when your child is sick or injured – and there’s nothing more reassuring than knowing they’re in the best hands. Victoria is home to the world’s very best doctors and paediatric specialists – and they deserve first class facilities to match.

The health of our kids is every family’s number one priority, and children have their own unique needs when something goes wrong. That’s why the Andrews Labor Government is already building dedicated kids’ emergency departments at the Monash Medical Centre, Sunshine Hospital, Shepparton Hospital and Ballarat Base Hospital.

But with more than 200,000 Victorian kids presenting at emergency departments last year, there’s more to do.

That’s why Labor will build dedicated flagship kids’ emergency departments at Geelong, Maroondah, Frankston, Casey and the Northern hospitals.    

The $62.4 million investment will reconfigure or expand existing emergency departments, so that kids and their parents have their own dedicated space and staff when they need it most. It’s all about providing the very best tailored care that kids and their parents can count on.

To give our kids the best care, we’ve made the flu shot free for kids under five – going it alone because the Morrison Liberal Government refuses to fund it. More children than ever are now protected, with rates of flu plummeting this winter thanks to our investments.

We’ve also made landmark investments in genomic testing for rare conditions, so that parents and clinicians desperate for answers can diagnose our sickest kids, faster.

The Liberals went to war with our paramedics and left our sickest patients waiting for an ambulance. Given the chance, they’ll do it again, taking an axe to health, and cutting, closing and privatising, because that’s what they do.

Only Labor will build the health system and hospitals families can trust when they need it most.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“As a parent, I know there’s nothing more terrifying than when your child gets sick. Our hospitals do a great job, but tailored emergency departments will make sure kids get the best care – and only Labor will build them.”

“We’ll make sure kids get the quick, dedicated care they need so that they, and their parents, feel better, sooner.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“We’re building hospitals all over Victoria – and we’re making sure the needs of children are at their heart. This is about ensuring a trip to the ED is just that little bit less daunting for kids.”

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