Community consultation report released for new Melton Hospital
The community is having their say on the new Melton Hospital. We’ve released a report capturing community ideas and input into the design and operation of the new Melton Hospital.
The report provides a snapshot of community and stakeholder engagement. More than 1,000 ideas and priorities were captured during an extensive engagement process.
Text: The community is having their say on the new Melton Hospital.
IMAGES: an aerial view of an artist impression of the new hospital
Text: we’ve heard over 1000 views and priorities IMAGES: a group of community members discussing ideas around a table; Steve McGhie, Member for Melton, Community Consultation Committee Chair, standing next to a board, discussing ideas
Text: Through CCC, community surveys and workshops with key community groups
IMAGES: a montage of groups of community members discussing ideas around tables
Voiceover: Being part of the community, we all know what we want and what we need in Melton. We want a safe space where everybody feels welcomed
IMAGES: Brianna Mitchell, Community representative, is interviewed
Voiceover: There's people that have been here for quite a long time and they felt like they were forgotten. For them to be able to see that it's finally happening is really important
IMAGES: Carmen Martin Issifu, Community representative, is interviewed; aerial footage of Melton
Voiceover: The people that thought that it was never, ever going to happen will start to see things rise out of the ground and it'll be unbelievable for the Melton township
IMAGES: aerial footage of Melton; Steve McGhie, Member for Melton, Community Consultation Committee Chair, is interviewed; camera cuts to Steve sharing ideas with committee members around a table
Voiceover: The degree of passion from the community has been really exciting, and every time I've come to one of these sessions, I come away energised
IMAGES: Diana Shmulburd, Project Director, Victorian Health Building Authority, is interviewed; camera cuts to Steve sharing ideas with the committee around a table; committee members discuss ideas standing in front of a projector screen
Voiceover: I'm a proud Gomeroi man, I want to sort of tap into the Aboriginal side of things in the Melton Hospital. When you first walk into hospital, the anxiety levels are up. Culturally wise to have a nice room to actually come and sit in and kick back and chill
IMAGES: Andrew McDermott, Community representative, is interviewed; camera cuts to Andrew discussing ideas with other committee members around a table
Voiceover: We've discussed prayer rooms and having sacred spaces for reflection or for prayer, having a safe space to be able to do our prayers and for other people to use the space as well
IMAGES: Community representatives sitting together and discussing ideas; Carmen Martin Issifu, Community representative, is interviewed; a montage of community representatives discussing ideas
Voiceover: We want it to be eco-friendly. We talked about a lot of green spaces. Native plants and all that sort of stuff around the hospital. Having signage in different languages. A way for you to wait, but not feel like you're in a queue
IMAGES: Brianna Mitchell, Community representative, is interviewed; footage showing post-it notes with community ideas
Voiceover: We've had three tables full of people and most of the ideas were similar. Everyone's sort of on the same page. I do feel like we're making a big contribution. Having input from people that have lived experience in the area. The community has been both briefed and has contributed to various conversations about landscaping, design, what they want to see in their hospitals and how they want to interact with it. Western Health has been actively involved in that process, and it's been fascinating to hear their views. I had a little bit of input whether that input's good or bad, I don't know so we'll have to wait and see. I feel like I am leaving a legacy, and I hope that one day I'll be able to say to my children or grandchildren, you know, I was part of this and this is for all the generations to come.
IMAGES: montage of the community representatives discussing ideas, in between interview clips and aerial footage of Melton
Text: Read the full report via vhba.vic.gov.au
IMAGE: A screen displays an ‘in partnership with Western Health’ logo. A sliding transition screen then displays the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos and the web address vhba.vic.gov.au
End of transcript.
The Victorian Health Building Authority sought and considered feedback on diverse topics including:
- community vision and aspirations
- accessibility and wayfinding (safety, precinct connectivity, use of technology, signage and layout)
- cultural safety and creating a welcoming space for all (use of colours, symbols, multilingual signage and spaces for cultural and spiritual activities)
- design and look and feel of the hospital (indoor spaces, public artwork, outdoor spaces and landscaping).
Community members provided input via:
- information sessions
- targeted workshops
- the New Melton Hospital Community Consultative Committee.
Putting ideas into action
Two consortia have now been shortlisted to deliver the new Melton Hospital.
The report has been provided to shortlisted bidders to help them understand local community views and aspirations.
This gives the successful consortium the best chance to design and build a hospital that reflects the community it serves.
The shortlisted consortia will now prepare proposals to design, construct, finance and maintain the new hospital.
The successful consortium is expected to be appointed in 2024. Construction is expected to begin shortly after. The new Melton Hospital is set to open in 2029.
For further information
View the New Melton Hospital: Community Consultation Report.
Visit our dedicated New Melton Hospital project page.
Last updated: 07 August 2023
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