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Craigieburn Community Hospital
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Craigieburn Community Hospital

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to build ten community hospitals in major growth areas like Craigieburn.

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.

The range of services offered at each hospital will be tailored for each community, with a strong focus on ensuring better integration of health and human services under one roof.

Craigieburn Community Hospital will be managed by Northern Health.

The community hospitals program will deliver the following benefits:

  • enable care to be provided locally, ensuring every family 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 the health and wellbeing of the local community, and bring greater vitality to growing areas.

What is a community hospital?

Community hospitals are a new type of facility being developed by the Victorian government to provide accessible health services in growing communities. They aim to provide a broad range of ambulatory hospital, community health and social care services within the one place, making it easier for families, patients, carers and clients to receive the services they need closer to their homes.

Community hospitals don’t provide emergency department care such as ongoing management of complex conditions including severe stomach pain, chest pain, trouble breathing or moderate trauma. These patients will continue to access their nearest hospital’s emergency department. Patients with these conditions who present at a community hospital will be stabilised and transferred to the most appropriate emergency department.


Planned services at Craigieburn

The Craigieburn Community Hospital will be built on a greenfield site and developed in partnership with the Craigieburn Community Health Service managed by Northern Health.

The existing health service will expand its services into the newly-built Craigieburn Community Hospital and offer a broad suite of public services including:

  • general medical specialist appointments
  • allied health including physiotherapy, podiatry, speech pathology, audiology, dietetics, psychology and counselling
  • after-hours urgent care
  • pharmacy services
  • women's health, including sexual health and family planning
  • health screening including diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, obesity, cholesterol
  • programs to help locals quit smoking
  • diagnostics, including pathology and imaging services
  • public dental services with an extra five public dental chairs
  • chronic disease management
  • community mental health assessment
  • alcohol and drug services
  • day surgery
  • complex renal dialysis
  • day chemotherapy
  • rehabilitation support.

A community consultative committee has been established for the Craigieburn Community Hospital to provide a forum for members of the local community to participate in its planning and development through open dialogue and consultation.

The 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 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.

The committee is chaired by: Ros Spence MP, Member for Yuroke.

Committee members include:

  • Stephanie Allan – Northern Health
  • Don Tidbury – DPV Health
  • Hector Gaston – Hume City Council
  • Ravinder Kaur – community member
  • Puneet Gulati – community member
  • Parsu Budathoki – community member
  • Ian O’Meara – community member
  • Charlie Gauci – community member
  • Anniken Levy – community member
  • Santhiya Subramaniam – community member
  • Alan Bolton – community member
  • Joanne Hardie – community member
  • Nayana Bhandari – community member.

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@dhhs.vic.gov.au. To get in touch with the Craigieburn community consultative committee, please contact the committee chair at Ros.Spence@parliament.vic.gov.au.

What is a community hospital?

Community hospitals are small public hospitals. They will provide a broad range of services including day surgery, walk-in healthcare services and social care services, in the one place. This will make it easier for people to receive the services they need, closer to home. 

Community hospitals will be governed and operated by major Victorian health services. Community health services will have the opportunity to partner with community hospitals to deliver care locally.
 


Where will the new Craigieburn Community Hospital be located?  

The Craigieburn Community Hospital will be an expansion of the services currently provided by Craigieburn Health Service at 274-304 Craigieburn Rd, Craigieburn.

As the current services only occupy a small portion of the land, the new community hospital will include an expansion into the land already owned by the Victoria Health and Human Services Building Authority.
 


What services will the Craigieburn Community Hospital provide?

Services will include early intervention, primary and community care, as well as a focus on paediatric care, chronic disease management programs, and day hospital services - all aimed at managing health needs locally. There is a strong focus on ensuring services come together, to connect a range of health and human services under one roof.

The existing health service will expand its services into the newly-built Craigieburn Community Hospital and offer a broad suite of public services including: 

  • general medical
  • specialists appointments 
  • allied health including physiotherapy, podiatry, speech pathology, audiology, dietetics, psychology and counselling 
  • after-hours urgent care 
  • pharmacy services 
  • women's health, including sexual health and family planning 
  • health screening including diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, obesity, cholesterol 
  • programs to help locals quit smoking 
  • diagnostics, including pathology and imaging services   
  • public dental services, with an extra five public dental chairs 
  • chronic disease management 
  • community mental health assessment 
  • alcohol and drug services 
  • day surgery 
  • complex renal dialysis 
  • day chemotherapy 
  • rehabilitation support.

Community health services will have the opportunity to partner with community hospitals to deliver care locally.


When will the construction on the new Craigieburn Community Hospital begin?

Construction on the Craigieburn Community Hospital is expected to begin in 2022.


When will construction on the new Craigieburn Community Hospital be finished? 

Construction on the Craigieburn Community Hospital is expected to be completed in 2024.


What health service provider will manage the Craigieburn Community Hospital?

The Craigieburn Community Hospital will be managed by Northern Health. Northern Health is a major provider of acute, maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in outer north Melbourne. More information on Northern Health can be found on their website.


How can I have my say on the planning for the Craigieburn Community Hospital?

The range of services that will be provided at the community hospital will be driven by the health and wellbeing needs of the local community. Therefore, it is vital that the community actively participate in the planning process.

We have established a community consultative committee to provide a forum for members of the community to have their say on the planning and development of the Craigieburn Community Hospital. 

To speak to the Craigieburn community consultative committee, please email the Chair, Ros Spence MP, Member for Yuroke, at Ros.Spence@parliament.vic.gov.au. 


What is a community consultative committee?

Community consultative committees are a forum for discussion between government, locals and other stakeholders on a particular project. They provide a space where people can share their ideas, feedback and concerns on a project, and where they can be kept up-to-date with how the project is going.
 

Where can I find further information, make enquiries or provide feedback? 

Further information can be found on the Community Hospitals program page.

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

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Last updated: 21 May 2020