Australia’s Victorian Government has revealed plans to construct a new specialist heart hospital at Monash University in Clayton, in a bid to expand cardiovascular care, research and training.
The Victorian Heart Hospital will feature an emergency department, cardiac cath labs and specialist surgical and imaging facilities, which will enable the treatment of cardiac diseases from early childhood to advanced adult life.
Claimed to be the first heart hospital in Australia, the facility will offer telehealth services for patients across Victoria, interstate and worldwide.
The heart facility will also facilitate medical research, in addition to providing training for heart specialists.
Victoria health minister Jill Hennessy said: "The Victorian Heart Hospital will revolutionise cardiovascular care in Victoria. It will enhance Victoria’s reputation as a world-leading provider of cardiac care, medical research and training.
"After four years of cuts under the Liberals, the Andrews Labour Government is investing in health so Victorians can get the care they need, closer to home."
The government allocated $15m in the 2015-16 Victorian budget, which will be used for detailed planning and to begin early works at the new facility.
The government will spend $150m on the project, while remaining funds will be provided by project partners and philanthropists.
In Victoria, the government plans to invest an additional $2.1bn for hospitals and new equipment across the state over the next four years. It includes $560m for new hospitals and equipment.