The first photos of a recovering Dan Andrews have emerged as the Victorian Premier begins his long road to recovery.
Mr Andrews was moved from the intensive care unit at The Alfred Hospital to a ward on Saturday days after he fractured the T7 vertebrae in the middle of his spine and broke several ribs in a fall on wet stairs at a Mornington Peninsula holiday rental.
The premier tweeted on Saturday night it was good to get out of the ICU “and settled in new digs”.
“Thanks for all your messages and well wishes. It really means a lot,” he said.
Mr Andrews shared a photo of himself seated on a hospital bed with what appears to be a support brace on.
The premier is said to be in good spirits but it could be a while before he returns to work full-time.
Andrews out of action 'for some time'
James Merlino, Victoria’s Acting Premier for the time being, said this weekend he is not sure how long he will fill in for Mr Andrews.
"I'll be acting premier for some time so we're having those discussions and resolving those issues with the Commonwealth," Mr Merlino said.
"As (Mr Andrews) indicated last night, it's great to see him out of intensive care and into a ward, that's a great step forward and great relief."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he has spoken with Mr Andrews and was happy for Mr Merlino to join National Cabinet.
"We have an acting premier there who is chairing the Victorian cabinet table and that's a formal arrangement that's been put in place ... they would be very welcome to sit around that (National Cabinet) table," he said.
"Normally we don't have acting arrangements ... but I think this is a very different situation given the health status of the premier."
Victorian parliament is scheduled to sit from Tuesday.
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