$661k boost delivers new equipment, spaces and service access at Merri sites

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Published March 15 2022

Four Merri Health clinical sites are being upgraded after Merri successfully received $661k through the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund (MHIF).

The upgrades at Bell St Coburg, Brunswick, Glenroy and Fawkner include new equipment and improved spaces that will benefit clients and staff; enabling Merri to provide even better-quality care and access to podiatry, physiotherapy, audiology, dental and rehabilitation services.

Work has begun and will be completed by May this year. Clinical leads and team members across services are partnering with Merri’s Grant Infrastructure Project Team to deliver this exciting program.

“These substantial grants from the Victorian Government to further upgrade our spaces and equipment recognise the health and wellbeing outcomes our dedicated teams achieve and will ensure we provide even higher-quality care for our clients,” Merri Health CEO Tassia Michaleas said.

The upgrades at Bell St Coburg, Brunswick, Glenroy and Fawkner include:

  • New podiatry equipment including upgraded client treatment and clinician chairs, clinical procedure trolleys, examination lights, SmartDop and a new podiatry grinder unit
  • New physiotherapy and consulting room equipment and treatment beds, x-ray viewers and weight scales
  • New rehabilitation equipment including exercise bikes, treadmills, patient chairs and refurbished rehabilitation training stairs
  • Complete refurbishment of Merri’s audiology testing booth, new and replacement specialised audiology testing equipment including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) machine, sound level meter and otoscope, and puppet screens and boxes
  • New dental equipment incorporating intraoral cameras, hand instruments and new sterilisation equipment

Merri Health was one of 26 health organisations to share in the newly created $200 million MHIF. The fund aims to ensure health services continue to provide world-class healthcare for all Victorians.

“We’re investing in health services across the state, helping them deliver the high-quality care Victorians deserve.” Minister for Health Martin Foley