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Eltham area Community Hospital

The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to build 10 community hospitals in major growth areas like the Eltham area.

The Eltham area Community Hospital will be a small public hospital providing range of day hospital and primary health care services.

The project will help take pressure off nearby major hospitals, including the Austin Hospital, and enable more people to manage their health needs closer to home. Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will ensure more seamless follow-up treatment and support for those who require complex care.

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Site update

Earlier this year, the Victorian Government identified Council-owned land at Civic Drive, Greensborough, as the preferred location for the Eltham area Community Hospital.

On 26 October 2021, the Nillumbik Shire Council made the decision not to sell the parcel of land at Civic Drive, Greensborough, for the purposes of building the Eltham area Community Hospital.

We accept the decision made by Nillumbik Shire Council and will not pursue a compulsory acquisition of the site.

We remain committed to delivering a community hospital to service the community health needs of the Eltham area, and will continue to explore suitable site options.

The community hospitals program aims to achieve 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.

The program will support new developments in the City of Whittlesea, Eltham area, Point Cook and inner-south of Melbourne, 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.

Eltham area Community Hospital will be managed by Austin Health and may provide a range of public health services including:

  • unplanned urgent care
  • general medical and specialist appointments
  • pharmacy
  • women’s health
  • social support
  • paediatric care
  • pathology and imaging
  • public dental
  • chronic disease management
  • mental health
  • alcohol and other drug support
  • dialysis
  • day surgery
  • day chemotherapy
  • allied health and rehabilitation
  • family safety and crisis support.

Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will ensure more seamless follow-up treatment and support for those who require complex care.

We value community input and are committed to keeping you up to date as the Community Hospitals Program progresses.

Community input and feedback received up to June 2020 has shaped the service design and early service planning phase of the project.

Throughout this initial planning and service design phase, we have:

  • engaged key stakeholders and project partners including the managing health service
  • surveyed the lived experience of Victorians interacting with the public health system
  • established ten community consultative committees
  • produced and distributed over 2,000 pieces of communication
  • received more than 4,500 pieces of feedback.

In July 2021 the Victorian Government identified Council-owned land at the Nillumbik Council Facilities Complex, Greensborough, as the preferred location for the Eltham area Community Hospital.

To support the Nillumbik Shire Council’s decision-making process, the Victorian Health Building Authority ran an online survey on Engage Victoria from 2-31 August 2021 seeking the local community’s views on the preferred location and an online information session on 8 September to address key areas of community interest and concern. The community survey results and feedback were provided to Nillumbik Shire Council for consideration as part of their extensive consultation process.

On 26 October 2021, the Nillumbik Shire Council made the decision not to sell the parcel of land at Civic Drive, Greensborough, for the purposes of building the Eltham area Community Hospital.

The VHBA accepts Nillumbik Shire Council’s decision and will not pursue a compulsory acquisition of the site.

The VHBA remains committed to delivering a community hospital to service the community health needs of the Eltham area, and will continue to explore suitable site options.

To keep updated as the project progresses, you can subscribe to our community hospital email database.

The Eltham area Community Hospital Community Consultative Committee (CCC) provides a forum for local community members to participate in the planning and development of the project through open dialogue and consultation.

The consultative committee includes:

  • foundation members from key organisations such as local councils
  • health service providers and Aboriginal representation
  • community members selected through an independent expression of interest process.

The Eltham area community consultative committee is chaired by Vicki Ward MP, Member for Eltham.

To contact the Eltham area Community Hospital community consultative committee, please email the committee chair: Vicki.Ward@parliament.vic.gov.au.

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

What is a community hospital?

Community hospitals are small public hospitals. 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.

Community hospitals will be located in major growth areas across Victoria and will provide people with better access to many important ‘everyday’ health services closer to home.

What services will the Eltham area Community Hospital provide?

The Eltham area Community Hospital will provide a range of public health services including:

  • unplanned urgent care
  • general medical and specialist appointments
  • pharmacy
  • women’s health
  • social support
  • paediatric care
  • pathology and imaging
  • public dental
  • chronic disease management
  • mental health
  • alcohol and other drug support
  • dialysis
  • day surgery
  • day chemotherapy
  • allied health and rehabilitation
  • family safety and crisis support.

Strong links to specialists, community health providers and social support services will ensure more seamless follow-up treatment and support for those who require complex care.

Where is the Eltham area Community Hospital proposed to be located?

The VHBA is currently exploring suitable site options.

What are the planned construction timelines for the Eltham area Community Hospital?

The VHBA remains committed to the original timeline of construction commencing in 2022 and being complete in 2024, dependant on finalisation of the site.

Which health service provider will manage the Eltham area Community Hospital?

Austin Health will manage the Eltham area Community Hospital. Austin Health is the major provider of acute, sub-acute and specialist services in Melbourne’s north-east.

Austin Health will partner with community and local health providers to provide a comprehensive and integrated health care model for the local community. More information about Austin Health can be found on the Austin Health website.

How can I have my say on the planning for the  Eltham area Community Hospital? 

The range of services that will be provided at the community hospital will be driven by the health and wellbeing needs of the local community. 
 
We have established a community consultative committee to provide a forum for members of the community to have their say on the planning and development of the Eltham area Community Hospital.
 
To speak to the Eltham area community consultative committee, please email the Chair, Vicki Ward MP, Member for Eltham, at Vicki.Ward@parliament.vic.gov.au.

What is a community consultative committee? 

Community consultative committees are a forums for discussion between government, locals and other stakeholders on a particular project. They provide a space where people can share their ideas, feedback and concerns on a project, and where they can be kept up-to-date with how the project is going.

Further information

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

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Last updated: 28 October 2021