The State Government has announced $50 million from the Victorian Budget to give hospitals the support they need to fight the flu this winter.
Budget Boost To Fight The Flu
The State Government has announced $50 million from the Victorian Budget to give hospitals the support they need to fight the flu this winter. The funding will help 17 of Victoria’s largest health services open more beds, hire more doctors and nurses and treat more patients.
The Royal Children’s Hospital will receive money towards extra short stay capacity, so they can treat more patients, faster. A further $3.5 million will provide free flu shots for Victorian children aged six months up to five years, available from May 2018.
Last year, Victoria experienced one of the worst flu seasons on record, with more than 48,000 confirmed cases of influenza and a record number of people presenting to emergency departments each day.
Pensioners can save on solar
The new Solar Savers program, offered through a number of Council areas in Melbourne, helps pensioners install solar panels on their home with no upfront costs.
Participants can pay for solar panels gradually through a low-interest bank loan, with savings from lower power bills covering the cost of repayments.
Whitehorse Council Commissioner Tina Liu says every participating household will be at least $100 per year better off, and the program uses quality, reliable solar systems and a trusted installer.
To be eligible, you must own your home, have a Government Pension Card, be usually at home from 9am to 5pm, have average to high electricity use, and do not have solar panels on your home.
Places in the program are limited. For more information, visit www.solarsavers.org.au or phone 9385 8512.