Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Coalition To Provide Funding Boost For Ballarat District Nursing
Victor P Taffa
A Coalition Government will provide Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare with $1.8 Million in urgently-needed funding to redevelop their premises in Sturt Street, Leader of the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Ted Baillieu said today.
“Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare is the largest home nursing agency within the Grampians region, providing a vital service to thousands of patients.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“This funding of $1.8 Million committed by the Coalition will ensure that the agency will be able to undertake the much-needed redevelopment of their base in Ballarat, which in turn enable them to adequately provide services for the projected increase of patients in the region.”
“The Coalition is committed to improving healthcare outcomes for all Victorians, and regions such as Ballarat have for too long been neglected by the Brumby Government, so the Coalition is determined to correct this imbalance.” Mr. Baillieu said.
Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare (BDNH) provides services including diabetes care, aged care services, post acute care services, palliative care and chronic disease self management.
“Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare is an essential provider of healthcare for the residents of Ballarat and is a community managed organisation, with headquarters that are in desperate need of redevelopment.” Liberal Candidate for Ballarat West Craig Coltman said.
“The Coalition’s commitment of $1.8 Million will allow Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare to expand its facilities in response to increasing community demands from the people of Ballarat.”
“The increase in the population of Ballarat requiring nursing care, and a growth in the number of people seeking to remain independent in their own homes, will increase the demand for home nursing and support services in the district.”
“This funding is imperative to Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare’s ability to continue to provide the valuable health services they are renowned for.” Mr. Coltman said.
Liberal candidate for Ballarat East Ben Taylor said the redevelopment will coincide with the centenary of BDNH in April 2011.
“Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare is an integral and much-valued part of the provision of health care to residents of the Ballarat district, particularly our more senior residents, and only the Coalition can ensure support for the Ballarat region into the future.” Mr. Taylor said.
Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare has commissioned a redevelopment design plan that will be able to meet their operational needs for the next 30 years.
Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and employs over 100 local staff. In 2008-09, approximately 76,500 visits were made and more than 762,000 hours of care were provided. Projections indicate that the population in Ballarat will increase significantly, particularly in the over-70 year old age group, during that period.
The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition is committed to improving health care across the state and in Ballarat. A Baillieu Government will provide:
- An $88.4 Million boost for Ballarat Health Services;
- A $1 Billion Statewide Health Infrastructure Fund;
- Publicly available Hospital Emergency Data and Outpatient Waiting Lists;
- 340 new Ambulance Officers, including 43 new Paramedics and 6 Patient Transport Officers for the Grampians Region;
- A new Ambulance Station for Beaufort;
- Upgrade of Maryborough Ambulance Station to 24 hours;
- $2 Million Helipad at Ballarat Hospital.