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Phillip Island Community Hospital
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Phillip Island Community Hospital

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

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.

Phillip Island Community Hospital will be managed by Bass Coast 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 Phillip Island

The Phillip Island Community Hospital will be an expansion of the services provided by the Phillip Island Health hub run by the Bass Coast Community Health Service operating on Church St in the heart of Cowes. This will accommodate additional public health and urgent care services:

  • general medical, specialist and allied health appointments
  • pharmacy services
  • women’s health, including sexual health and family planning
  • social support services, such as housing assistance and financial aid
  • paediatric care, including allied health
  • diagnostic services, including pathology and imaging
  • public dental services
  • chronic disease management
  • community mental health assessment
  • alcohol and drug services
  • complex renal dialysis
  • day chemotherapy
  • day surgery
  • after-hours urgent care
  • rehabilitation support.

A community consultative committee has been established for the Phillip Island 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 will be chaired by: Jordan Crugnale MP, Member for Bass.

Committee members include:

  • Jan Child – Bass Coast Health
  • Kirsten Weinzierl – Bass Coast Health
  • Lisa Barham-Lomax – Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Trevor Ryan – community member
  • Samiro Douglas – community member
  • Mal McCann – community member
  • Joyce Ball – community member
  • Andrew Clarke – community member
  • Sue Becker – community member
  • Gillian Scrase – community member
  • Fybian Chakaodza – community member
  • Andrew Phillips – community member
  • Howard McCormick – community member
  • Amanda Drennan – community member.

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@dhhs.vic.gov.au. To get in touch with the Phillip Island community consultative committee, please contact the committee chair at Jordan.Crugnale@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 Phillip Island Community Hospital be located?

The Phillip Island Community Hospital will be an expansion of the services currently provided by the Phillip Island Health Hub at 50 Church St, Cowes.
 

What services will the Phillip Island 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 Phillip Island Community Hospital will accommodate additional public health and urgent care services, including:

  • general medical, specialist and allied health appointments
  • pharmacy services
  • women’s health, including sexual health and family planning
  • social support services
  • paediatric care, including allied health
  • diagnostic services, including pathology and imaging
  • public dental services
  • chronic disease management
  • community mental health assessment
  • alcohol and drug services
  • complex renal dialysis
  • day chemotherapy
  • day surgery
  • after-hours urgent care
  • 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 Phillip Island Community Hospital begin?

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

When will construction on the new Phillip Island Community Hospital be finished?

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

What health service provider will manage the Phillip Island Community Hospital?

The Phillip Island Community Hospital will be managed by Bass Coast Health. Bass Coast Health is a major provider of maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in the Bass Coast Shire in South Gippsland. More information on Bass Coast Health can be found on their website.
 

How can I have my say on the planning for the Phillip Island 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 Phillip Island Community Hospital.

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@dhhs.vic.gov.au. To get in touch with the Phillip Island community consultative committee, please email the Chair, Jordan Crugnale, at Jordan.Crugnale@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.

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Last updated: 21 May 2020