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Help shape your hospital

05 Mar 2019

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The state government is calling on the community to contribute to the vision of a new community hospital for Fishermans Bend.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced on February 28 that Southern Metropolitan MP Nina Taylor will chair a Fishermans Bend community consultation committee, giving the community a say over the hospital’s future.

The government is investing $675 million to build and upgrade 10 new community hospitals close to major growth areas with Fishermans Bend being one of the recipients.

Community consultation committees are being established so carers, patients, families and volunteers can work with health service providers to ensure each hospital meets the particular needs of locals.

Alfred Health will have responsibility for governance of the Fishermans Bend hospital, which will offer services including general practice, pathology and imaging, family and early childhood, family safety, community mental health and alcohol and drug assessment.

It will improve access to specialist services like day surgery, chemotherapy, community-based palliative care, chronic disease management and public dental. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and finish by 2024.

The new hospital will be built at a location to be determined in partnership with local health services and Alfred Health, connecting a range of health and human services under one roof.

“When a loved one gets sick, people want to know that the very best care is just around the corner. Community hospitals will improve access to the care locals need, when and where they need it,” Ms Taylor said.

Member for Albert Park Martin Foley said: “It’s really important that these hospitals are shaped by the communities they serve, because each area is different. We want to make sure Fishermans Bend locals get a say – this advisory group will do that.”

The committee will include approximately 15 representatives from key organisations such as local councils and health services providers, as well as the community.

The expressions of interest process to sit on the committee will open this month.

More info: vhhsba.vic.gov.au/health-infrastructure/community-hospitals-program

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