Victorian Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan (pictured far right) has turned the first sod on the Andrews’ Government’s $81.58 million four-storey Wantirna aged care facility, 24km east of the Melbourne CBD.
Interestingly, in the wake of COVID and Premier Daniel Andrews’ comments about ‘private’ aged care homes, the 120-bed facility will have a ‘pandemic mode’ ventilation and air-conditioning system, which will help contain the spread of infectious airborne particles.
Due for completion by the middle of 2022, the facility will be operated and staffed by Eastern Health.
The Victorian Government has increased its investment in its public aged care homes to record levels, including a new $55.57 million 90-bed aged care facility in Kew and $27.75 million to support multicultural aged care.
The Victorian Budget 2020/21 also saw another $175 million invested in the sector.
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