The fund has been established to encourage the community to support their local health service.
Barwon Health Foundation Executive Director Zoe Waters explained health services are facing a major challenge with the emergence of coronavirus.
“We are facing unprecedented times and as this pandemic continues to impact our community, we are asking people to support Barwon Health as they respond to increased demand across the health service.
“The Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund will aim to raise an initial target of $1million and will be used to fund high priority initiatives that will help create capacity for Barwon Health to respond. For example the need for additional beds and clinics, coordinating volunteers and supporting our infectious diseases team.
Barwon Health Chief Executive Frances Diver reiterated that the impact of the pandemic will be long-lasting.
“The effect of coronavirus will be felt across our entire health service for a considerable period of time. As a health service, we need to be well-prepared for the future and the Emergency Response Fund will assist us to do so” she said.
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