A state of the art health precinct

The City of Melton is one of Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities, but ranks lower than inner city areas across a range of health and wellbeing indicators. Government investment in locally provided healthcare is essential.

Rationale

There are a number of factors that contribute  to positive health outcomes. These include access to transport, employment, education, housing and food, freedom from violence and discrimination and access to health services.  The City of Melton’s Health and Wellbeing Profile (2016) identified that residents across the municipality are some of the most vulnerable in Victoria.

Local disadvantage

The City of Melton has a number of suburbs that score less than the benchmark for net advantage (1,000) on the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) chart. The degree of relative disadvantage is indicated by lower scores.

City of Melton SEIFA scores:

  • Melton South  893.8
  • Melton 899.5 
  • Kurunjang 972.1
  • Diggers Rest  973.2
  • Melton West  984.7

Comparative Case Study

Compared to the City of Liverpool in Sydney,  the City of Melton lacks health facilities that  can accommodate growth occurring across the municipality. As of 30 June 2016, the official population of Liverpool City was 210,113.  

The City of Melton is projected to accommodate 212,501 residents by 2026. The City of Liverpool has one of Australia’s leading government funded health precincts catering to a range of primary health care services for its residents. The City of Melton has no such precinct.  

The residents of South Western Sydney have Blacktown Hospital, Campbelltown Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Camden Hospital, Carrington Centennial Hospital and Fairfield Hospital all close by which all house significant medical infrastructure to cater for a range of illnesses. The City of Melton's sole equivalent hospital is Footscray Hospital – Western Health, which is more than 30km away for residents.

  •  24.3% of City of Melton residents engaged in no physical activity during the week (defined as inactive) compared to 18.9% in Victoria 
  • 4.9% of residents have disabilities causing profound or severe restrictions of communication, mobility  and self-care
  • 24.2% of residents identified as being at risk of short-term harm from alcohol
  • 46.5% of residents experience at least one chronic disease
  • Melton residents are significantly more likely  to be obese

Opportunities

  1. The construction of a State Government funded public hospital is the City of Melton’s number one priority. 
  2. With the construction of the hospital as Council’s number one priority, Melton City Council calls on the State Government to fund new allied health services into the municipality.

As detailed in the Toolern Precinct Structure Plan, that precinct in time will accommodate major retail, commercial, civic and justice precincts; this is the obvious place for a Hospital and allied services in the health precinct that will serve a direct population of 120,000 people and an eventual city catchment of 400,000. The area will also be serviced by major transport routes, including the future Toolern Train Station. 

Key priority

Melton City Council calls on the State Government to fund and construct a  public hospital.

Melton City Council, along with passionate residents, community groups and health professionals launched the Build Melton Hospital campaign on 16 August, 100 days out from the Victorian State Election on Saturday 24 November. 

We're asking the State Government, Opposition and minor parties to commit to building a 24-hour, full-service hospital in the suburb of Cobblebank, 4km southeast of central Melton, south of the Western Freeway and close to the future Toolern train station on the Melton line.

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