Benalla Health’s public residential aged care residents are enjoying the benefits of significant upgrades thanks to a massive funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today joined Benalla Health to officially open the recently refurbished Morrie Evans Wing, a $4.1 million 30-bed public residential aged care facility.

The redevelopment includes 16 new single rooms with ensuites providing residents greater privacy and dignity. A further 14 rooms have also been renovated with enhanced living space to provide a more comfortable setting for residents and visitors.

The upgrades through the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund also include a new sunroom and enclosed activities room, garden and outdoor spaces with a barbeque and a newly renovated kitchen servery.

A new Nurse Unit Manager office and nurses’ station as well as better access and secure doors that have greatly improved the safety and amenity for residents and staff.

The Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is supporting rural and regional health and aged care services to expand capacity, improve safety, quality and efficiency and deliver better care to patients no matter where they live.

Victoria has the largest public residential aged care sector in the country. These services play an important role in supporting access to care in many rural communities where there are no other services, and for Victoria’s most vulnerable older people with complex physical or mental health needs.

The upgrades to the Morrie Evans Wing reflect the Labor Government’s work in modernising and maintaining public sector residential aged care across Victoria.

Quotes attributable to State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes 

“I was delighted to announce this funding for the elderly residents and staff at Morrie Evans in 2017 and I’m proud to be back to open the beautiful refurbishment that is providing a facility that our town deserves.”

“Morrie Evans is now a more attractive choice for local residents and families making those difficult decisions about moving into care.”

“The $4.1 million investment is about providing safe, comfortable and quality of care for residents and staff for years to come.”