A re-elected Andrews Government will build new a new emergency department devoted to children and their families at the Northern Hospital – giving parents’ peace of mind that their kids will get calm, compassionate and dedicated care when they need it most.

There’s nothing quite as scary as when your child is sick or injured – and there’s nothing more reassuring than knowing they’re in the best hands. Victoria is home to the world’s very best doctors and paediatric specialists – and they deserve first class facilities to match.

The Andrews Government is already investing $162.7 million in upgrading the Northern Hospital, paving the way for an additional 10,000 patients to be treated every year, with additional beds and operating theatres.

But with more than 200,000 Victorian kids presenting at emergency departments last year, there’s more to do.

That’s why a re-elected Andrews Government will build a dedicated flagship kids’ emergency department at The Northern Hospital as well as Frankston, Casey, Barwon Health and Maroondah hospitals.

The $62.4 million investment will reconfigure or expand existing emergency departments, so that kids and their parents have their own dedicated space and staff when they need it most. It’s all about providing the very best tailored care that kids and their parents can count on.

Kids’ emergency departments are all about making sure than when children go to hospital, they can be treated in a more welcoming, kid friendly and less clinical environment, making the experience that little bit easier to manage.

To give our kids the best care, we’ve made the flu shot free for kids under five – going it alone because the Morrison Liberal Government refuses to fund it. More children than ever are now protected, with rates of flu plummeting this winter thanks to our investments.

We’ve also made landmark investments in genomic testing for rare conditions, so that parents and clinicians desperate for answers can diagnose our sickest kids, faster.

The Liberals went to war with our paramedics and left our sickest patients waiting for an ambulance. Given the chance, they’ll do it again, taking an axe to health, and cutting, closing and privatising, because that’s what they do.

Only the Andrews Government will build the health system and hospitals families can trust when they need it most.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“As a parent, I know there’s nothing more terrifying than when your child gets sick. Our hospitals do a great job, but tailored emergency departments will make sure kids get the best care – and only Labor will build them.”

Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio

“We’re upgrading the Northern Hospital – and this latest initiative will mean kids in Melbourne’s north will get the dedicated care they need.”

Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny

“The Liberals cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in office, hurting families in our community. Only Labor will provide world-class healthcare that families in Melbourne’s north can count on.”