The Victorian Government is ensuring people living in Ararat Rural City have access to the world-class care they deserve close to home. 

Nearly 80 rural and regional hospitals, community health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations will share in $120 million from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) – creating hundreds of jobs. 

The program will deliver a variety of projects across regional Victoria including operating theatre refurbishments, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms, expansions projects and equipment upgrades.  

With 105 projects located across 40 rural and regional council areas across Victoria, the program is ensuring communities continue to be able to access high quality care from Cann River to Mildura. 

Nearly $1.3 million is being invested in the Ararat Rural City area including $1,215,000 for East Grampians Health Service, to redevelop the medical imaging department into a contemporary and high quality service to meet increased clinical service demands and to relocate palliative care to allow families greater privacy.

Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre are receiving around $45,000 to provide undercover areas at the rear of the activities room and around $15,000 to replace their existing vehicle (wagon) with an AWD vehicle to ensure safer travel on local roads.

Almost $20,000 is being invested in Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre to replace their remote area vehicle. The current AWD vehicle is now 7 years old and needs updating with new safety and energy efficient technologies.

With this latest round of RHIF projects the Government has now invested $490 million in more than 470 regional healthcare projects across the state – the largest program of its type in Victoria.

More information at projects funded by the RHIF at:

Quotes for Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford MP

“Everyone deserves access to quality health care facilities and services – we’re ensuing the Ararat community has exactly that close to home.” 

“We’re delivering better health outcomes for the Ararat community with modern services and facilities while creating local jobs.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Martin Foley 

“We’re continuing to invest in our local hospitals and health services – and the health of all Victorians no matter where they live.”