A new rehabilitation centre at Bendigo Hospital has received nearly $60 million from the 2019/20 Victorian Budget.
An election commitment of the Labor Government, the Bendigo Hospital Day Rehabilitation Centre will bring together services spread across the Bendigo Hospital site under one roof.
The centre will include services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, speech therapy, prosthetics and orthotics, clinical psychology and neuropsychology.
A new hydrotherapy pool will also be built as part of the facility.
The east and north wing tower buildings of the hospital will be demolished and make way for open green space.
The existing dental treatment and training areas within the towers will be moved.
Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said patients will no longer have to worry about needing to find where to go to access the services they need.
“We promised Bendigo patients and clinicians a new rehabilitation centre so they can recover and get on with their lives faster – and we’re delivering exactly what we said we would,” Ms Mikakos said.
The project is expected to create 180 construction jobs.
Construction of the new centre will begin in 2021 and be completed by 2023.