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Rural Northwest Health has received $110,000 in funding through Round 5 of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to redevelop the kitchen facilities at the Warracknabeal campus.

A redevelopment of the kitchen space will be undertaken to enhance infection control practices and increase team member safety. Upgrades will include a new air chiller system, installation of a commercial pot washer as well as new fridges and freezers.

Dalton Burns, Director – Corporate Services is keen to see the redevelopment commence. “The health and safety of our patients, residents and team members has always been a high priority for us. While our current kitchen is equipped to provide this, the redevelopment will ensure we have the best practices in place to exceed all the relevant safety protocols while also ensuring the safety of our team members,’ explained Dalton.

Upgrading the current equipment at Rural Northwest Health will provide security in delivering services without the risk of aging equipment malfunctioning. The new chiller, which provides regulated temperatures through the kitchen area is instrumental in this as a breakdown would require outsourcing of meal services.

‘We are always looking for new ways to improve our services and the installation of a state of the art pot washer allows for increased efficiency in cleaning while reducing the need for harsh cleaning chemicals. Currently team members are washing large pots and pans by hand whereas the new system will be automated’ said Dalton.

In 2016 the Victorian Government established the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to improve health services and agencies in rural and regional Victoria. The funding is available to expand capacity, improve safety, quality and efficiency and deliver better care to patients, no matter where they live.

Round 5 of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund was made possible by a $120 million allocation in the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget, taking the fund’s total to $470 million. The Authority received 153 submissions totalling $289.7 million for Round 5.

Minister for Health Martin Foley said ‘This is about ensuring regional patients get the best care, from the best professionals, in the best facilities close to home’.

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