Western Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services have begun a project to explore the community benefits of a potential amalgamation. This will examine how a voluntary amalgamation could deliver a net improvement for health services in Melbourne’s Western growth corridor.
The announcement of a new hospital at Melton is positive for Melbourne’s West. This led to Western Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services exploring the community benefits of a potential amalgamation.
Currently Western Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services service the healthcare needs of 985,000 Victorians. Between them, they employ more than 7,600 people across 13 campuses and sites.
With a population growth rate of more than three per cent year-on-year, Melbourne’s West will need more services, skills and infrastructure.
Any decision will be based on providing the best health services for our diverse, evolving and rapidly growing communities.
UPDATE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a decision has been made to put the community engagement around a possible voluntary amalgamation on hold until further notice.
At present, our sole priority must be the delivery of the highest quality care to our local communities.
We will provide a further update when engagement on the process will resume and will continue to provide responses to any community questions.
Both Western Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services urge people to closely follow the advice of authorities and please stay safe.