The Australian Federal Government has announced that it will provide A$440m ($465m) in funding to increase the number of beds at public hospitals in the state of Victoria.
Regional health services and country hospitals will share A$161m to meet growing demand in emergency departments and elective surgery.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis said that A$115.3m would be spent on extra sub-acute beds in Melbourne and A$61.6 m in rural and regional Victoria.
The package will provide more than 100 new beds, more elective surgery and an upgrade of regional health services.
An extra 258 sub-acute beds and 30 beds will be shared between St Vincent’s Health, Austin Health and Ballarat Health, among other facilities.
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the money will help treat 32,000 Victorian patients, reports Ninemsn.