Victoria invests $175 million in its public aged care sector

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A case of Daniel Andrews putting his money where his mouth is?

The Victorian Budget has allocated $175 million to its 5,600 Government-run aged care beds in 2020/21.

$134.6 million will be invested in a new 150-bed aged care facility in Cheltenham, 18km south east of the Melbourne CBD, which will be operated by Monash Health at the Kingston Centre and cater for residents with high care or mental health needs.

Another $900,000 will used to deliver the first phase of designing and planning a new 90-bed aged care facility in Coburg, 9km north of the Melbourne CBD.

$10 million in grants will also be provided for upgrades to facilities and services in regional Victoria as part of the Rural Residential Aged Care Facilities Renewal Program.

$27.6 million has also been allocated for public sector residential aged care, while $1.9 million will go towards elder abuse initiatives.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan (pictured above), said: “We’re continuing to modernise and upgrade public residential aged care services right across our state – because we know it means keeping staff and residents safe.”