Community to Guide New Health Path
The newly formed Grampians Health wants community guidance on the best possible structure to ensure services are improved to our regional hospitals.
The service is lobbying for community members from all corners of the organisation’s footprint to become active consultants on reference groups.
Grampians Health formed in November with the commitment to improving health services to the Grampians and Wimmera regions. Several months of community consultation provided definition on what residents in each region needed from its health service. Data gathered at the consultations was a catalyst behind Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Stawell Regional Health, Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services creating a new health service.
Grampians Health interim CEO Dale Fraser said community representation was vital to ensure the right services were delivered to the right places.
“We are looking for the right mix of community members with a genuine interest in their health service,” Mr Fraser said.
“They don’t necessarily need to be regularly using our services,” he said.
“They just need to be aware of what their community expects from its health service and be a voice for those who need our support.”
Grampians Health has started forming a community advisory committee with representatives from each of the four regions reporting to its board of directors. Five community reference groups representing Dimboola, Horsham, Edenhope, Stawell and Ballarat will report to that advisory committee.
Reference group members may also be contacted by senior Grampians Health staff to gain their opinion on a possible program or event planned for their particular region.
Updated on 1 December 2021
The boards of Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Stawell Regional Health, Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services have welcomed the Victorian Government’s approval for the health services to come together as one.
The new health service called Grampians Health commenced on 1 November 2021, following years of strong collaboration and close partnerships between the four health services.
With the Minister’s approval, Grampians Health has embarked on an inclusive service planning process, defining a shared vision and future, while retaining local ownership and identity.
With the support of a dedicated project team with experts from across the four health services, we are talking to staff, volunteers, patients and residents to continue to understand local needs, while continuing high quality care.
To date there have been no significant changes to how each health service is run day-to-day. Over the coming months and into 2022 we will work together to develop a clinical services plan that will address the unique needs of each community.
For more information and to find out how you can get involved visit www.careforourregion.com.au