Barwon Health hopes the fundraiser will generate at least $1 million.

Barwon Health Foundation launches coronavirus fundraiser

March 26, 2020 BY

BARWON Health Foundation recently launched a Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund to aid the health service in dealing with the pandemic.

The fund has set the initial target of raising $1 million, and has already raised more than 10 per cent of the total.

This money will go towards increasing the capacity of clinics, the purchase of medical equipment, co-ordinating volunteers and supporting Barwon Health’s infectious disease team.

South Barwon Labor MP Darren Cheeseman said these funds would supplement what the state government was already contributing.

“Barwon Health’s response to treating and testing possible COVID-19 patients will be funded from its operational budget – topped up with additional activity funding as needed.

“Additional capacity will be created at Barwon Health by recommissioning Baxter House to be used for consulting rooms and treatment spaces, as part of the government’s $437 million COVID-19 health system response package.”

Barwon Health noted the coronavirus would have an effect across all of healthcare, as the pandemic would strain its resources.

Mr Cheeseman said further investment would be given if needed.

“The department will continue to work closely with Barwon Health during this pandemic to monitor the impact and provide further assistance where required.”

As of Monday morning, the fund had received 64 donations and raised $139,455.

People can contribute by heading to coronaviruserf.blackbaud-sites.com.