Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services are exploring partnership options, including a possible voluntary amalgamation, to enhance services and create better health outcomes for local people across the Wimmera region.
WHCG chair Marie Aitken said the two health services had invited more community leaders and members of the community to have their say on partnership explorations.
“We are very keen to hear from the community about the opportunities for improved health care within the Wimmera region,” Mrs Aitken said.
“We would like to know what is important to you, to enhance services and improve health outcomes for people in the region,” she said.
“We want to ensure all views are heard and we want to know your thoughts on the pros and cons of partnering.”
Mrs Aitken said it was important to note that the key focus of the initiative was about increasing local access to health care for the people of the Wimmera.
“People are travelling too far to receive health care and solutions are needed.
“We want to ensure the best health services are available for local people close to home and we would like to attract more clinicians to the local area, not only as visitors, but as residents.
“This requires community input and collaboration, big thinking and best practice approaches.”
Community consultation is now underway and will continue through to 15 February.
Please tell us your views.
How to have your say
Fill in a survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHCGandBHSPartnership
(The survey is open until 11 December 2020)
Attend an online (zoom) 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, 6.30 pm-7.30pm
Attend a community consultation session in person:
- Friday 5 February, 11.30-1.00pm, at Horsham Golf Club
- Friday 5 February, 2.30-4.00pm, at Horsham Golf Club
- Wednesday 10 February, 3.30-5pm, at Ballarat Health Service, Lederman Hall
There will also be a number of pop-up stands in the community and meetings with local community organisations to talk about the project and hear views.
Find out more information via the websites
WHCG www.whcg.org.au or BHS www.bhs.org.au