Wimmera Health Care Group (WHCG) and Ballarat Health Services (BHS) are exploring partnership options, including a possible voluntary amalgamation, to enhance the delivery of services and create better health outcomes for local people across the Wimmera region. Community consultation is underway.
Together, we are looking at ways to further enhance the partnerships between our regional health services to provide safe and accessible care closer to home.
Benefits of the project include: better health outcomes for people across the region; greater access to clinical health care locally; strengthened capacity and expansion of services; greater workforce opportunities, training and development; enhanced models of care and effective health services for the future.
An assessment is being undertaken in relation to workforce, financial, service delivery and governance impacts of any partnership. Each Board will then make a decision in relation to their individual health service.
Any partnership options being explored would focus on enhancing service delivery. There would be no loss of services.
Wimmera residents experience higher levels of chronic illness and ill health compared to the rest of rural and metropolitan Victoria. The Wimmera population is ageing and will need greater access to health care.
Currently, Horsham residents travel outside of the region for approximately 2,200 episodes of care each year, 450 more than 5 years ago. For the Wimmera region, almost 4,000 episodes of care happen outside the region each year. If Wimmera residents could have the same proportion of their hospital care delivered within the region as happens in other nearby regions, 1,300 fewer patients would have to travel to get the healthcare they need (4 per day).* However, attracting and retaining health care professionals is becoming increasingly difficult, with gaps in a few critical clinical areas.
*Source: Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset 2018-19
HAVE YOUR SAY
Tell us what is important to you to enhance services and improve health outcomes for people in the Wimmera region.
Make a written submission to:
Partnership Proposal, Wimmera Health Care Group
Attend a free Community Consultation Session:
· Thursday 28 January, 4pm-5pm
· Monday 1 February, 12.30pm-1.30pm
· Tuesday 2 February, 9.30am 10.30am
· Wednesday 3 February, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Attend in person (morning/afternoon tea provided)
· Friday 5 February, 11.30am-1.00pm, at Horsham Golf Club
· Friday 5 February, 2.30pm-4.00pm, at Horsham Golf Club
· Wednesday 10 February, 3.30pm-5pm, at Ballarat Health Service, Lederman Hall
We will also have a number of pop-up stands in the community and are keen to visit local community organisations to speak about the project and hear views.
We will keep communities informed through our website, social media, media, meetings/sessions and letters as we work through this process.
For further information:
If you have any questions or feedback regarding Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services partnering for better health, please contact us via the form below.
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