Victoria’s health department is investigating allegations that Colac Area Health, a regional hospital in western Victoria, placed fake patients in hospital beds during a visit by the health minister. The allegations were first reported by The Colac Herald, which claimed to have received leaked documents supporting the claims. The health minister has ruled out any involvement from her office and stated that if the allegations are true, it would be a significant breach of trust. The Department of Health is launching an investigation and working closely with Colac Area Health. The matter has also been referred to IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman.