BUILDING A NEW COMMUNITY HEALTH HUB IN KYNETON

The Andrews Labor Government is building a state-of-the-art hub for community health services in Kyneton, with a site for the project locked in.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced Cobaw Community Health’s new $9.7 million Healthy Community Access Hub will be built at 51 Bourke St, adjacent to Kyneton District Health.

Work will now get under way to design the contemporary hub and appoint a builder. The hub will be completed in March 2020.

The project is being funded by the Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. The $200 million fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – is rebuilding rural and regional health services to ensure all Victorians can access the high-quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 included a further $50 million for the fund – taking its total to $250 million.
The Hub will give Kyneton families the very best access to the vital community health and family services they need – all under one roof.

The modern ‘one-stop-shop’ brings together primary health and community health services, private practitioners and counsellors and will feature more multi-purpose consulting rooms and cutting edge e-health technology.

By being on the one site, local health professionals can better work together to improve the health and wellbeing of locals.

This year’s Budget includes a $2.1 billion boost to help our doctors, nurses and paramedics treat record numbers of patients sooner, as well as $1.2 billion in hospital upgrades and equipment.

It also includes $292 million for community health care, giving health and social care services in disadvantaged communities more opportunities to provide Victorians with the support and treatment they need.

The Labor Government earlier this month announced it will establish an expert taskforce to identify ways to strengthen the role of Victoria’s community health sector.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“Community Health services help us to stay healthy and well in the community, and out of hospital. This one stop shop will make it easier for Kyneton families to get the health care they need, when they need it, closer to home.”

“Cobaw Community Health already provides a terrific service for our community. This new hub provides much needed room to grow and meet future demand.”

“This is the fourth major infrastructure project the Andrews Labor Government is delivering for Kyneton. This is great news for the local community, great news for health workers and great news for jobs.”