$36 million Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Caulfield
Written on the 5 September 2014
Victorian Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) patients and their families can now access state-of-the-art rehabilitation services at Caulfield Hospital’s new Rehabilitation Centre.
I joined the Minister for Health David Davis, Member for Caulfield David Southwick, Federal Member for Higgins Kelly O'Dwyer, Bentleigh MP Elizabeth Miller, TAC and Caulfield Hospital staff and management at the opening of the $36 million ABI Rehabilitation Centre.
The 42-bed facility and the nearby off-site four bed transitional living facility will provide a new and much-needed purpose-built inpatient and rehabilitation facility for ABI patients.
Approximately every four days someone in Victoria suffers a severe brain injury in a road crash, which results in profound and irreversible changes to their lives. Apart from the physical and emotional distress, a severe ABI can cost about $2.2 million in care over a lifetime.
The Caulfield Hospital ABI Rehabilitation Centre demonstrates the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to improving and expanding Victoria’s public health infrastructure.
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) contributed $9 million towards the new facility and the Commonwealth Government provided $27 million.
The TAC's generous contribution to this facility will ensure that those Victorians who experience the most severe brain injuries in transport accidents will have access to specialised rehabilitation services to improve their long-term prospects and their quality of life.
A great many Victorians will benefit from this new facility, ensuring that people affected by road trauma will have improved access to the best care available.
Caulfield Hospital is managed by Alfred Health which is receiving $693.92 million in Victorian Coalition Government funding for 2014/15 – up by $31.85 million on the previous year.
The Napthine Government is building a healthier Victoria with more than $4.5 billion in capital investment at health services across the state.
Pictured with the Minister for Health David Davis, Bentleigh MP Elizabeth Miller, Caulfield Hospital unit leader Mithu Palit and Alfred Health Board Chairman Helen Shardey at the opening of the $36 million ABI Rehabilitation Centre.