The Victorian Government has announced nearly 80 rural and regional hospitals, community health services and aboriginal community controlled health organisations will share in $120 million from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).
The program will ensure Ararat Rural City residents have access to the world-class care they deserve close to home.
State Labour member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford MP said the government was "delivering better health outcomes" for Ararat residents.
"Everyone deserves access to quality health care facilities and services, we're ensuring the Ararat community has exactly that close to home," she said.
"We're delivering better health outcomes for the Ararat community with modern services and facilities while creating local jobs."
Minister for Health Martin Foley said the program will create hundreds of new jobs.
"We're continuing to invest in our local hospitals, health services and the health of all Victorians no matter where they live," he said.
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The program will deliver a variety of projects across regional Victoria including operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms, expansions projects and equipment upgrades.
Nearly $1.3 million is being invested in the Ararat Rural City area including $1,215,000 for East Grampians Health Service, to redevelop the medical imaging department into a contemporary and high quality service to meet demand.
Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre has received $60,000 in funding and almost $20,000 has been given to Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre.
With this latest round of RHIF projects the Government has now invested $490 million in more than 470 regional healthcare projects across the state - the largest program of its type in Victoria.
More information on projects funded by the RHIF at: vhba.vic.gov.au/health/regional-facilities/regional-health- infrastructure-fund.
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