The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has been moved out of intensive care and on to a hospital ward after breaking a bone in his back and several ribs when he slipped on wet stairs earlier this week.
Also on Saturday, the federal health minister, Greg Hunt, was released from hospital after a leg infection.
In a tweet on Saturday, Andrews said: “The good news is no surgery for now – but the doctors tell me recovery and rehab is still going to be a very long journey.”
A statement from the Alfred hospital in Melbourne, where the premier had been since late Tuesday, said Andrews would move from its intensive care unit onto a ward.
The intensive care unit director, Associate Professor Steve McGloughlin, said the premier was “in good spirits” and remained in a stable condition.
“Mr Andrews is comfortable and doing well,” he said. “There is no plan for surgery at this stage.”
Andrews was at a holiday rental on the Mornington Peninsula on Tuesday when he slipped on stairs while getting ready for work.
Scans confirmed the Labor leader had fractured the T7 vertebrae in the middle of his spine as well as several ribs.
He was transferred from the Peninsula private hospital to the Alfred hospital’s trauma centre on Tuesday evening after specialists assessed an MRI scan.
The acting premier, James Merlino, has said he will fill in for his boss for as long as is needed.
Medical experts had said recovery from spinal surgery could mean the premier would be unable to return to parliament for between six and 12 weeks.
Meanwhile, the federal health minister left hospital on Saturday morning after treatment for a painful bacterial infection on the top of his right leg, which also gave him a fever.
Hunt thanked the “extraordinary staff” at St Vincent’s public and private hospitals in Sydney.
He said: “I particularly want to thank the nurses Paru, Neave, Sushma, Miru, Tracey and Bina, as well as my doctors David and Michael.”
Hunt, who was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, said he would return to parliament on Monday and would follow a course of antibiotics.
The prime minister, Scott Morrison, had taken on Hunt’s health portfolio in his absence.