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Community hospitals program

The Victorian Government has committed $675 million to build ten community hospitals close to major growth areas.

These community hospitals will add real value to the way healthcare is delivered in suburban and regional Victoria, providing more access to in-demand services, closer to home.

This investment will be used to upgrade or expand existing health services at Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury and Torquay and support new developments in the City of Whittlesea, Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend.

The range of health services will be tailored for each community with services ranging from early intervention, primary and community care, a focus on paediatric care and chronic disease management programs as well as day hospital services, all aimed at managing health needs locally. There is a strong focus on ensuring better integration of services, with the hospitals connecting a range of health and human services under one roof.

Examples of services provided could include:

  • chronic disease management and prevention
  • day procedures
  • dialysis and chemotherapy
  • diagnostic imaging
  • family and early childhood services
  • family safety services
  • community drug and alcohol services
  • community mental health services
  • pathology
  • pharmacy
  • public dental care
  • specialist appointments.

The Community Hospital program will be delivered through a combination of upgrades and expansions to existing sites and new developments at new sites.

Upgrade or expansion at existing site:

Expansion at a new site:

  • Cranbourne – to be managed by Monash Health
  • Pakenham – to be managed by Monash Health
  • Torquay – to be managed by Barwon Health

New developments at new sites:

The community hospitals program will deliver the following benefits:

  • enable care to be provided locally, ensuring people can get the care they need
  • assist in preventing poor health and wellbeing outcomes in communities with vulnerable or at-risk members
  • reduce unnecessary attendance and wait times at larger hospitals.

By coordinating investment with local organisations, the community hospitals program provides an opportunity to create thriving health precincts that will support health and wellbeing of the local community, and bring greater vitality to growing areas.

Community consultative committees (CCC) have been established to provide a forum for members of each local community to participate in the planning and development of their community hospital through open dialogue and consultation. 

Each consultative committee includes:

  • foundation members from key organisations such as local councils, health service providers and Aboriginal representation
  • community members selected by an independent expression of interest process and a limited number of invited community members.

The range of services provided in each community hospital will largely be driven by the health and wellbeing needs of the local community and the need to deliver services safely. It is therefore critical to the Department of Health and Human Services that the community actively participate in the planning process.

The committee selection approach considered a mix of age, gender and other demographic characteristics as well as a cross-section of interests and community perspectives to ensure diverse representation.

Please visit the dedicated project pages below for more information:

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

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Last updated: 21 May 2020