The State Government of Victoria in Australia has unveiled a new renal dialysis service at Monash Health’s Kingston Centre in southeast Melbourne.  

This A$4m ($2.66m) purpose-built dialysis service facility comprises 12 new treatment spaces to provide care for kidney disease patients. 

It is said to offer increased opportunities for surgical transplants and home-based dialysis, replacing temporary facilities at the Moorabbin and Cranbourne campuses of Monash Health.   

Operational thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the service is expected to cut down the need for expensive and time-consuming travel for treatment. 

The new service has been funded by the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund (MHIF), which provides government funding to city and suburban health services across Melbourne. 

Victoria Health Infrastructure Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said: “The new dialysis service at the Kingston Centre is delivering world-class care for local patients on their doorstep – reducing travel time and ensuring they are closer to home and the support of their loved ones. 

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“MHIF is allowing our health services to make important infrastructure improvements, expanding capacity, improving patient care, and enhancing working environments for staff.” 

The MHIF has previously allocated A$1.4m to Monash Health’s Medical Centre to expand the Maternity Clinic.  

This investment has enabled better prenatal care access for expectant mothers in the region.  

The MHIF also supports metropolitan health services in construction, remodelling, and refurbishment projects, including equipment and technology upgrades, facilitating the adoption of new technologies and contemporary care models. 

So far, the Australian Government has funded a total of 72 projects through the MHIF, amounting to an A$265m investment in essential health infrastructure upgrades.  

Clarinda, Victoria State Member Meng Heang Tak said: “The new renal dialysis facility at Monash Health will help meet the growing demand for this critical health service in the south-east, with the bonus of ensuring patients can receive the highest standard of care closer to home.”