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The Victorian Government has committed $675 million to build 10 community hospitals close to major growth areas across Victoria.

Community hospitals are small public hospitals. They will provide a range of ‘everyday’ health services for people who are not critically unwell. Located in growing communities across Victoria, community hospitals give people better access to many important ‘everyday’ health services closer to home.

The Community Hospitals Program will be delivered through a combination of new developments at new sites and upgrades and expansions to existing sites.

The program will support new developments in the City of Whittlesea, Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend, relocate and expand existing health services on a new site at Cranbourne, Pakenham and Torquay and upgrade or expand existing health services at Craigieburn, Phillip Island, and Sunbury.

 

What's New

State Budget 2021–22

Full funding to complete the $675 million Community Hospitals Program was confirmed in the Victorian State Budget, which was handed down on 20 May 2021.

This latest investment will fund the remaining purchase of land, along with the design and construction phases for all 10 community hospitals.

Community hospitals are small public hospitals offering a range of health services tailored for each community. With extended hours to provide day and after-hours services, community hospitals will provide a range of ‘everyday’ health services, which may include:

  • urgent care service for common minor injuries and illnesses
  • day medical services such as chemotherapy and renal dialysis
  • day surgery for procedures such as cataract removal, major dental work, gynaecological procedures, colonoscopies and other minor surgical procedures that do not require an overnight stay
  • treatment and support for chronic health issues including mental health, alcohol and other drugs, pain management, diabetes and respiratory problems
  • family services including child and maternal health, family safety and women’s health
  • pathology, pharmacy and diagnostic imaging such as blood tests and x‑rays
  • public dental services.

Located in growing communities across Victoria, community hospitals give people better access to many important ‘everyday’ health services closer to home.

The Community Hospitals Program will be delivered through a combination of upgrades and expansions to existing sites and new developments at new sites.

New developments at new sites:

Upgrade or expansion at existing site:

Relocation and expansion of services at a new site:

  • Cranbourne – to be managed by Monash Health
  • Pakenham – to be managed by Monash Health
  • Torquay – to be managed by Barwon Health

The community hospitals program will deliver the following benefits:

Better services close to home

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to develop 10 community hospitals in major growth areas across Victoria. These facilities will provide more locally available public healthcare options and better access to important ‘everyday’ health services close to home.

Services may include urgent care services, day surgery for minor procedures, public dental, and specialist appointments and will be tailored to each community.

Staying healthy locally

Community hospitals will also help keep local communities healthy by providing links to other local health care providers including GPs, allied health services, specialists, social services and major hospitals if more complex care is required.

Reduce pressure on major hospitals

Community hospitals will also reduce pressure on major public hospitals and emergency departments. This will assist major hospitals to focus on critical care, complex health issues and surgeries, emergencies and trauma while our community hospitals support locals to manage their ‘everyday’ health needs and access community services.

Meeting increased demand

As Victoria’s population grows and healthcare needs change, community hospitals will help meet increasing demand for public health services in major Victorian growth areas.

These facilities will be located in Cranbourne, Craigieburn, Eltham area, Fisherman’s Bend, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Point Cook, Sunbury, Torquay and City of Whittlesea.

Ten community consultative committees have been established to provide a forum for members of each local community to participate in the planning and development of their community hospital through open dialogue and consultation.

Each consultative committee includes:

  • foundation members from key organisations such as local councils, health service providers and Aboriginal representation where possible
  • community members selected through 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 on each community consultative committee.

Committee meetings

Each community consultative committee will be brought together at key points during the project’s development to ensure local views are considered.

Summaries of the meetings held so far can be found on the Community Hospitals community consultative committee meeting summaries page.

Learn more about each site

Please visit the dedicated project pages for more information about each community hospital including the scope of services to be offered and project timelines:

Please direct project enquiries and feedback to communityhospitals@health.vic.gov.au.

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  • Community Hospitals Program Engagement Report Phase 1: Service design and planning
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Last updated: 08 April 2021