Improved Aged Care Services for Auburn House

The Victorian Government is upgrading more than 50 public sector residential aged care services, delivering hundreds of new jobs and ensuring thousands of older Victorians continue to get the care and comfort they deserve.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today announced $30 million in funding to improve Victoria’s public sector residential aged care services, home to some of our most vulnerable older Victorians.

The package will deliver $20 million to upgrade 33 facilities that collectively operate 1,787 aged care beds – including 267 beds that are dedicated to supporting the mental health of older Victorians.

This includes $15 million shared by 17 metropolitan facilities to upgrade buildings, replace infrastructure and improve accessibility for residents and staff.

Another $5 million will see 16 regional facilities also undertake important upgrades, including new flooring, refurbishing communal living areas and replacing equipment.

A further $10 million will deliver 20 improvement projects across 19 regional facilities, funded through the fourth round of the Government’s landmark $350 Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF)

Included in the funding announcement is over $1 million for St Vincent’s Hospital – Auburn House in Hawthorn to undertake various maintenance works to improve resident and staff amenity, accessibility, building fabric and associated infrastructure.

The $20 million funding is part of the Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works program – getting thousands of people back to work across our state as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Quote attributable to John Kennedy – Member for Hawthorn:

“The Andrews Labor government is committed to providing quality public sector aged care and local jobs. This important and critical investment will deliver improved facilities for older people at Auburn House, in Hawthorn and I am very pleased that residents will receive the care and dignity that they deserve.”