State of the Art Health Precinct

Health: State of the Art Health Precinct

A hospital and state-of-the-art health precinct that includes allied health and human services.

Our priorities

Build Melton Hospital

  • Deliver a timely business case for the Melton hospital: 2020
  • Acquire land in Cobblebank for the Melton Hospital: 2020
  • Commence construction: 2022
  • Hospital operational: 2026

This will alleviate the growing demand for services at Sunshine and Footscray Hospitals, which will be at capacity by 2028.

Allied Health and Human Services

  • Invest in affordable and accessible integrated accommodation for localised provision of allied health and human services.
  • Review and extend service funding models to deliver services locally to reduce unacceptable waiting lists.
  • Invest in culturally safe spaces and services for our increasingly diverse community.
  • Fund and support local training opportunities required to meet significant skills gaps.
2020 Acquire land for hospital. 2022 Commence hospital construction. 2026 Hospital operational.

Why?

In the 2019/2020 Victorian State Budget, the Victorian Government committed to provide $2.4 million for the development of a business case for a new hospital in the City of Melton.

Strongly supported by the community, the ‘Build Melton Hospital’ campaign secured over 21,000 signatures. Research undertaken by Evaluate in 2018 identified:

  • a significant increase in population to 485,061 by 2051 with a notional surgical demand for Melton in 2031 being 9,675 patients
  • the travel times from the municipality to access public hospital services in Sunshine, Footscray and Ballarat exceeding the long-accepted general standard for ‘access to hospital’ for an average person of 30 minutes.

Building a public hospital in Melton will improve health outcomes and quality of life for one of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities and reduce pressure on hospitals in Sunshine, Footscray, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh.

The Melton Hospital will trigger local jobs growth and investment, and be a catalyst for a major health precinct with both public and private hospital services. The ability to attract private health services in addition to public will provide a major employment hub for the outer west and into the Ballarat region.

Allied Health and Human Services

Along with the need for acute medical services comes the requirement for a strong network of complementary allied health and human services.

The growth corridors of outer Melbourne, including Melton and Wyndham, are notable for lower standards of health than the rest of Victoria.

The City of Melton ranks lower than inner-city areas across a range of health and wellbeing indicators, including many suburbs with higher than average

levels of disadvantage.

Within the City of Melton 74.3 per cent of residents are considered either overweight or obese, the highest rate in the state. More than 30 per cent of children aged between two and 17 years are overweight or obese.  Residents are physically inactive and have a low fruit and vegetable intake. Almost half (46.5 per cent) experience at least one chronic disease including diabetes or heart disease. They also experience higher levels of stress and social isolation compared with the Victorian and north western Melbourne averages, along with greater rates of hypertension and daily smoking.

There are recognised existing gaps in GP and specialist medical care, after hours medical care, public dental care, mental health services, family violence services, disability and early intervention services and culturally specific services for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other culturally diverse communities.

Many health and human services programs catering to outerwestern Melbourne, including the City of Melton, are delivered in Brimbank, a neighbouring municipality.  The City of Melton, however, is four times the size of Brimbank and by 2041 will be home to 70 per cent more people.

Service providers express difficulties with providing services in the City of Melton. Lack of affordable co-located accommodation in central locations is a major barrier. Staff attraction and retention, funding models which don’t allow for travel and insufficient funding are all barriers to the delivery of services in the City of Melton.

With significant growth, chronic health issues and gaps in localised service provision the City of Melton seeks a commitment from the State Government to build a New Melton Hospital and invest in health and human service provision. Strategically placed service hubs should be planned and these should be designed to be culturally safe and welcoming.