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The report on the proposed voluntary amalgamation of Western Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services has been received by the Western Health Board and Djerriwarrh Health Services Administrator.

Both support the report’s recommendation to proceed with a voluntary amalgamation based on clear community benefits from such a move, particularly given the State Government’s 2019 announcement that a new Melton Hospital would be operated by Western Health.

Following these decisions, the recommendation for amalgamation has been sent to the Secretary of the Department of Health in line with the process requirements for consideration.

While the Department make its reviews, both health services have prepared the way for a joint transition team to be put in place to drive change in the event the Minister for Health approves the voluntary amalgamation.

The immediate priority is certainty and confidence for staff and communities, and – as always – ensuring high quality care.

Staff and community engagement has helped to define clear commitments should a voluntary amalgamation proceed:

  • Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional Hospital will continue to operate as a community-based hospital
  • Grant Lodge residential aged care at Bacchus Marsh will be retained
  • There will be no reductions in overall health staffing numbers, and no losses to frontline clinical staff as a consequence of amalgamation
  • Local fundraising will continue to be directed to local health and care services
  • There will be ongoing community participation and engagement with local service planning
  • Clients and patients will continue to have choice as to where they access care.

Please send any questions you have to info@betterhealthforthewest.com.au


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.

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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.

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Any decision will be based on providing the best health services for
our diverse, evolving and rapidly growing communities.

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Melbourne’s West is rapidly expanding. Health services must change with this. Find out the facts on these areas via the downloadable PDF.