A boost for Barwon Heads allied health business21/07/2021
Barwon Heads locals are set to benefit thanks to support from the Victorian Government to enable a local allied health business to move into a larger facility, creating more jobs and better servicing community needs.
The Government congratulated 13th Beach Health Services on the grant which will enable them to undertake an expansion worth more than $600,000 and create 10 new roles, making the group one of the largest employers in the coastal community.
The business received support towards the project through the Regional Jobs Fund which is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship regional development fund and is designed to help businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria.
Based in Barwon Heads since 2009, 13th Beach Health Services provides allied health services such as osteopathy, physiotherapy, podiatry, myotherapy, reformer pilates and remedial massage services and is one of few local businesses which is not seasonally dependent.
Moving into a larger facility will enable the business to add two new treatment rooms and a rehabilitation centre to cope with the increased patient load, avoiding patients having to travel to Geelong or Melbourne for treatment and, in turn, reducing the pressure on local GPs.
New thermal and facial technology will also be introduced as part of the project to make the business more adaptive to coronavirus restrictions and to ensure contact tracing can be quickly activated as needed.
13th Beach Health Services is also helping to train the next wave of allied health professionals through a partnership with Deakin and Australian Catholic University in Ballarat by providing short-term work placements for students – something it plans to continue doing in its new facility.
The Fund is key to the Government’s almost $30 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015.
Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au/rjif