Funding boost for Nexus Health

04 Apr 2017 • North Central Review (Kilmore), Melbourne (General News)

MORE patients across the district will receive the high quality they need sooner as a result of a state government funding boost to renovate and remodel Nexus Primary Health in Wallan. Announcing the news last week, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said that Nexus Primary Health would receive $616,831 through the first round of the government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. “Our dedicated doctors and nurses at Nexus Primary Health do a remarkable job,” Ms Symes said. “We are supporting them to do their job saving lives and keeping locals healthy by giving them the modern facilities they truly deserve.” “We’re putting patients first and revamping our rural and regional health services so more patients in Wallan and surrounding areas can be treated sooner, closer to home,” Ms Green added. “Our investment will secure the future of our local health service and make a real difference to the lives of patients who will get the safe, high quality care and treatment they need.” The Nexus Primary Health renovation will improve services to the community with the installation of a lift, to enable stretcher access and relocation of the reception area to improve amenity and make patient flow more efficient. There will be a new consulting space, with improved staff security. The new kitchen will also enhance staff amenity and create much needed breakout space for staff. Nexus Chief Executive, Suzanne Miller told The North Central Review that Nexus is delighted as the funding investment will help to ensure that access to services keeps pace with the population growth. “The Wallan building provided services to about 8000 people last year, including Nexus and partnering service providers, and is at capacity,” Ms Miller explained. “Although only three years old we need the additional consulting spaces that will be created, which are particularly focussed on paediatric and community inclusion services. The installation of a stretcher lift will also enable us to work with Ambulance Victoria to ensure that people are transported with maximum safety and dignity. “We look forward to working with our various partners to continue to develop services for this community.” The catchment of Nexus Primary Health includes the local government areas of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie. Operating from sites in Wallan, Broadford and Seymour, Nexus Primary Health also delivers services and programs through outreach in clients’ homes and co-location with other organisations. The $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, the largest of its kind in Victorian history, will rebuild rural and regional hospitals and health services to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provided an extra $2.45 billion for health so hospitals can admit more patients, reduce waiting times, upgrade buildings and infrastructure, and keep Victorians healthy. Caption Text: Investment in health: (from left) Briony Gatt, Nexus CEO Suzanne Miller, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan, Nexus client Peter Webb, Des Callaghan and Nexus board member Katherine Elder at the funding announcement last week. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.