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: A decision has been made to extend the community consultation into the second half of 2020. This was made in response feedback we received, and also the vital need to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our main priority remains the delivery of the highest quality care, while we continue to engage our communities in the months ahead.
During this period we will continue to provide updates on the timeline and work with the community as we explore how an amalgamation could benefit the communities we serve.