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October 2014

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The Kidszspace Children’s Precinct includes a secure outside play area.

Special care for kids in Bendigo

Bendigo Community Health Services will receive $2.6 million in funding from the Government to deliver a purpose-built regional centre for children’s health and wellbeing.

Minister for Health David Davis said Bendigo Community Health Services was among 37 health services to share in $20 million of grants from the fourth round of the Rural Capital Support Fund.

‘Bendigo Community Health Services works to meet the diverse health needs of the local community – and has a growing role responding to the needs of babies, children and young people.

Mr Davis said the Kidszspace Children’s Precinct would be based in Kangaroo Flat and heralded a significant expansion of community children’s health services for the Loddon Mallee region.

The centre will include two community paediatric consulting suites, two additional consulting spaces, two clinical/therapy rooms, two multi-purpose rooms incorporating family/group and community spaces, a community kitchen, a case conference/group room, two open offices to accommodate 30 staff, two intake rooms and a waiting area.

IT and communications infrastructure will also be included in the design of the new facility, to support e-health and telemedicine – which will also feature a secure outside play area and a community garden.

‘This centre will complement a range of specialised maternity and paediatric services that will be part of the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital.

The new hospital will include 25 beds in the maternity area, 15 special care nursery cots and 16 child and adolescent inpatient beds.’

Mr Davis said the Government was delivering $56 million over four years to the Rural Capital Support Fund, which provides grants to improve rural and regional health facilities.

‘The grants help hospitals, aged care facilities, women’s health, children’s health and community health services upgrade facilities, implement new models of care and increase service capacity and efficiency.’