Regional and rural families 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 big boost to the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).

When your kid gets sick or you break your arm, 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.

In Ararat, we’re bringing together vital health and community services under the one roof – providing help to local families, right around the corner. It’s just one of the 283 projects all over Victoria the RHIF has funded.

It’s all 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.

That’s why Labor will provide a $100 million boost to the RHIF, so that even more regional health services can build new facilities or complete the upgrades they need. It means better care for patients, peace of mind for families and hundreds of jobs for local construction workers.

As part of this boost, Labor will deliver a $3.9 million refurbishment of the pathology and radiology departments at Ararat Hospital, meaning patients can get tested and treated more quickly.

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

The Liberals cut health every chance they get, and leave rural and regional healthcare in ruins. 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 Candidate for Ripon Sarah De Santis

“In towns like this, a little investment goes a long way – this will ensure health services have the equipment and resources they need to care for our community and help them recover.”

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