Djerriwarrah Health Services and Western Health have now concluded the second round of meetings with key community groups and staff about the potential amalgamation.
The key themes and feedback from the community meetings and survey will will be presented back to the community as part of a virtual presentation in late January.
We will confirm the date of this presentation in mid-January. The presentation will be the final piece of the engagement on the potential amalgamation, before a report is compiled and presented to both health services to consider.
Djerriwarrh Health Services and Western Health thanks all the community groups for participating and for their passion for quality health services in their region.
This is a commitment we all share. All meetings were constructive, and an important opportunity to discuss potential benefits and to hear concerns.
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.