Alpine Health fund­ing boost

State gives $446,000 in­crease on last year

Alpine Observer - - News - By VANESSA BURGESS

care that is first class and ac­ces­si­ble, no mat­ter where you live in North­ern Vic­to­ria,” she said.

Alpine Health CEO Lyn­don Seys said the fund­ing in­crease would be put to good use.

“This in­crease in our fund­ing is wel­comed by Alpine Health,” he said.

“It will go a long way in help­ing us meet the in­creas­ing costs of de­liv­er­ing all of our ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

“It will also help us im­prove our ser­vices and help make them more sus­tain­able in the long term.”

The Alpine Sh i r e ’ s clos­est ma­jor pub­lic hos­pi­tal North­east Health Wan­garatta (NHW) also re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant bud­get in­crease to help meet its in­creas­ing pa­tient de­mand.

NHW has been al­lo­cated $98.336 mil­lion – an in­crease of 7.3 per cent, or $ 6.654 mil­lion, and act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tim Grif­fiths wel­comed the an­nounce­ment.

Mr Grif­fiths said NHW has ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant de­mand pres­sure year on year, with older pa­tients and more chronic ill­nesses re­quir­ing more com­plex care.

“Through our Emer­gency Depart­ment this year, we have ex­pe­ri­enced another 4.5 per cent plus in­crease in pa­tient pre­sen­ta­tions,” he said.

“The fund­ing boost will help en­sure NHW has ap­pro­pri­ate re­sources in place to con­tinue to meet de­mand, so pa­tients can ac­cess the ser­vice and re­ceive the ap­pro­pri­ate level of care.”

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