Sunbury health upgrades

Health Infrastructure Minister Mary-Anne Thomas and Sunbury MP Josh Bull at the Sunbury Cobaw Community Health funding announcement (supplied).

Healthcare in Melbourne’s north-west is getting a boost, following important upgrades at the Sunbury Cobaw Community Health Centre (SCCH).

SCCH will receive more than $150,000 from the latest round of the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund (MHIF) to install solar panels and update important dental and kitchen equipment.

Health Infrastructure Minister Mary-Anne Thomas visited SCCH on March 13 to announce the funding and said it will reduce the centre’s environmental footprint.

“This project will enable the Sunbury Cobaw Community Health Centre to provide an even better service for their community,” she said.

“MHIF is part of our ongoing investment ensuring our health services have the best space, facilities and equipment to deliver world-class care for every Victorian, when and where they need it.”

With a team of more than 200 staff and 60 volunteers, SCCH supports people from Sunbury to beyond the borders of Macedon Ranges to access free and low-cost health, wellbeing, and community services.

This investment will allow the centre and staff to work more sustainably- with a solar power generating system able to help combat high operating costs and reduce carbon emissions.

Access to dental care will also be enhanced, with the money helping to upgrade and replace important dental equipment and facilities.

The centre will also upgrade the cooking equipment, supporting the busy child and youth services.

With 110 projects funded across Melbourne to date, MHIF helps metropolitan health and community services undertake vital infrastructure upgrades, including construction and refurbishment projects, equipment and technology upgrades and other essential works.