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28 Feb 2019

Help Shape Fishermans Bend’s New Community Hospital

A new community hospital for Fishermans Bend is a step closer, with local families contributing to the services it will provide.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced Member for Southern Metropolitan, Nina Taylor MP will chair the Fishermans Bend community consultation committee, which will give the community a say over the future of the hospital.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $675 million to build or upgrade 10 new community hospitals close to major growth areas in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend.

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 and in partnership with local health services and Alfred Health, connecting a range of health and human services under one roof.

The Fishermans Bend Community Consultation Committee will include approximately 15 representatives from key organisations such as local councils and health services providers as well as the local community.

The EOI process to sit on the Committee will open in the coming weeks.

For more information visit www.vhhsba.vic.gov.au/health-infrastructure/community-hospitals-program

“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.”

—Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor

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

—Member for Albert Park Martin Foley

“We’re delivering billions of dollars in funding to ensure our hospitals can treat more patients than ever in the world-class new facilities that doctors and nurses need.”

—Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos

“These hospitals will reduce unnecessary travel and wait times at larger hospitals, while helping people get the care they need in their own community.”

—Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos

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