The Victorian Government is investing $675 million to build 10 community hospitals in growth areas like Fishermans Bend.
The Fishermans Bend Community Hospital will be a small public hospital providing a range of services including public dental, mental health services, day surgery, chronic disease management, and urgent care.
The project will help take pressure off nearby major hospitals, including the Alfred, 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.
A new development on a new site, the Fishermans Bend Community Hospital will be managed by Alfred Health.
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 Fishermans Bend Community Hospital community consultative committee 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 Fishermans Bend community consultative committee is chaired by Nina Taylor MLC, Member for Southern Metropolitan.
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.
Where will the Fishermans Bend Community Hospital be located?
The Fishermans Bend Community Hospital will be a new development, built on a new site.
We are still in the planning stage for community hospitals and are working closely with key stakeholders to find the best possible site for the Fishermans Bend Community Hospital.
What services will the Fishermans Bend Community Hospital provide?
The Fishermans Bend Community Hospital will provide a range of public health services including:
diagnostic services, including pathology and imaging
public dental services
chronic disease management
mental health services
alcohol and other drug support services
community-based palliative care, chemotherapy and rehabilitation
general practice, including primary care nursing
family and early childhood services
hosting or networking with family safety services in the Port Phillip area.
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.
What are the construction timelines for the Fishermans Bend Community Hospital?
Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2024.
What health service provider will manage the Fishermans Bend Community Hospital?
Alfred Health will manage the Fishermans Bend Community Hospital. Alfred Health is the major provider of acute, maternity, sub-acute and specialist services in Victoria with hospitals in Melbourne, Sandringham and Caulfield. More information on Alfred Health can be found on their website.
How can I have my say on the Fishermans Bend Community Hospital?
The community consultative committee provides a forum for you to have your say on Fishermans Bend Hospital’s planning and development.