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Torquay Community Hospital

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

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.

Torquay Community Hospital will be managed by Barwon 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 Torquay

The current Torquay Community Health Service is located on Surf Coast Highway close to the centre of town. The Department of Health and Human Services will work with relevant Barwon Health and other potential partners to identify a new site for this expansion.

The Torquay Community Hospital will provide a greater range of public healthcare and urgent care services, so families will no longer have to travel into Geelong for:

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

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

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: Darren Cheeseman MP, Member for South Barwon.

Committee members include:

  • Matthew Constable – Barwon Health
  • Lucy Cuddihy – Barwon Health
  • Chris Pike – Surf Coast Shire
  • Lisa Briggs – Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Limited
  • Phillip Smith – community member
  • Kay Talbot – community member
  • James Armitage – community member
  • Jo Craig – community member
  • Shura Ford – community member
  • Mike Atkinson – community member
  • Celia Clarke – community member
  • Samantha Haynes – community member
  • Rebecca Talbot – community member
  • Marc Cain – community member
  • Tristan Johnson – community member
  • Robert Skehan – community member.

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

The Torquay Community Hospital will be an expansion of services currently provided by the Torquay Community Health Centre, which is operated by Barwon Health and located at 100 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay.

We are still in the early planning stages for community hospitals and are currently working closely with key stakeholders, including Barwon Health, to identify the best available site for the Torquay Community Hospital.
 

What services will the Torquay 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 Torquay Community Hospital will provide a greater range of public urgent care services, so families will no longer have to travel into Geelong for:

  • general medical, specialists and allied health appointments
  • women’s health, including sexual health and family planning
  • pharmacy services
  • social support services
  • diagnostics, including pathology and imaging services
  • chronic disease management
  • community mental health assessment
  • alcohol and drug services
  • complex renal dialysis
  • day chemotherapy
  • rehabilitation support
  • family safety and crisis support services.

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

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

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

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

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

What health service provider will manage the Torquay Community Hospital?

The Torquay Community Hospital will be managed by Barwon Health. Barwon Health is a major provider of acute, maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in Geelong and south west Victoria. More information on Barwon Health can be found on their website.
 

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

To speak to the Torquay community consultative committee, please email the Chair, Darren Cheeseman MP, Member for South Barwon, at Darren.Cheeseman@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