Families in Northern Victoria will be able to count on the quality care they need, when they need it, closer to home under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government, with a boost to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).

When your kid gets sick or there’s an emergency, it’s not too much to ask that there is good healthcare nearby – so you don’t have to drive to the closest major town or even Melbourne just to get the treatment you need.

That’s why the Andrews Labor Government established the landmark $250 million RHIF – the largest fund of its kind in Victorian history. From new operating theatres for more life-saving surgeries to quality facilities for staff, the RHIF has changed the face of healthcare in our regional centres and rural towns.

Across Northern Victoria, the RHIF has funded many projects including the rebuild of Wangaratta Hospital, upgrading the Nexus Primary Health Centre in Broadford, boosting facilities at Primary Care Connect in Shepparton and the renovation of the aged care facilities at Mansfield Hospital.

They’re just some of the 283 projects all over Victoria funded through the RHIF – part of our promise to make sure Victorians have a health service they can count on, when they need it most.

We’ve repaired the Liberals’ billion dollar cuts to health, ended the ambulance crisis and backed our doctors and nurses by building them the state-of-the-art hospitals they need to do what they do best – but there’s more to do.

Labor will provide a $100 million boost to the RHIF, so even more health services across Regional Victoria can build new facilities or complete the upgrades they need.

We’re growing healthcare in rural and regional Victoria, delivering 500,000 more specialist medical appointments in regional communities over four years – including 9,700 more appointments at Wangaratta Hospital – so patients don’t have to spend hours away from loved ones to get the care they need.

The Andrews Labor Government has also funded the $169 million rebuild of Shepparton Hospital that will ensure more surgeries and specialist appointments closer to home. Labor will also invest a further $10 million in the ongoing redevelopment of Wangaratta Hospital to deliver the very best health service.

The Liberals cut health every chance they get, and leave rural and regional healthcare in ruins. The Federal Liberal Government is proposing to short-change Victorian hospitals by $2.1 billion over 5 years. For Northern Victoria that means a $245m cut to our hospitals - the equivalent of 821 doctors, 1,958 nurses or 39,421 elective surgeries.

Only Labor will stand with regional and rural Victorian patients and staff – and ensure they get the best care, no matter where they live.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“I grew up in regional Victoria, and I know how important good healthcare is to local families when someone gets sick. We’re upgrading regional and rural hospitals around the state, so the best treatment is just around the corner.”

“Regional and rural Victorians are proud of their hospitals and health centres – and proud of the hard-working doctors, nurses and staff who run them. We’ll stand with them, and help them do what they do best.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“The Liberals cut health and put Victorian lives at risk. Victorian patients can’t afford their savage cuts to health.”

Quote attributable to Labor Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Investing in health is what Labor does, as a county MP I’ve seen the great results a dedicated Regional Heath and Infrastructure Fund has delivered for local hospitals, health services and aged care facilities, ensuring they have the infrastructure and equipment to do what they do best, care for our communities.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Ovens Valley Kate Doyle

“Whether it's by upgrading Wangaratta's hospital or our smaller rural health services, Labor is delivering what local patients need.  Our community can have confidence that under Labor, they will get the best care when they need it - closer to home."

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler-Morton

“Kilmore, Seymour, Euroa, Nagambie, Heathcote, Broadford and Benalla health services have all benefited from significant RHIF funding - these communities are proud of the hard-working doctors, nurses and staff and want a Government who backs them with support and funding, this is what Labor will continue to deliver is re-elected.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Shepparton Bill Heath

“Only Labor is rebuilding Shepparton Hospital – giving our region the state of the art hospital it needs – and supporting rural hospitals across the state. This is in contrast to the Coalition who cut health and put Victorian lives at risk.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Benambra Mark Tait

“The former Liberal National Government cut $1 billion from health and went to war with our paramedics. It’s only Labor that supports our health workers and is delivering the healthcare that regional communities need.”

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