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Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services have listened to what their community and team members have to say, and based on the positive feedback we’re moving forward.
Communications and Engagement Report 1 April 2021
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

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
83 Baillie Street, Horsham VIC 3400 or 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We will keep communities informed through our website, social media, media, meetings/sessions and letters as we work through this process.
For further information:
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 5381 9293
Or visit the websites: WHCG www.whcg.org.au  or BHS www.bhs.org.au

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.
This form can be anonymous if you wish. If you would like a reply, ensure you include your name and email address.

Media Releases 

05.12.2020 Strengthening Partnerships
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02.11.2020  Health Services Explore Partnership Options
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07.08.2020  Healthy Discussion to Improve Partnerships