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Eltham Community Hospital a Step Closer

Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward MP has been out in the community talking with locals about the Andrews Government getting on with investing $675 million to build ten community hospitals in major growth areas, including one in the Eltham electorate.

The Eltham community hospitals will add real value to the way healthcare is delivered in our community, providing more access to in-demand services, closer to home. The range of services offered at each hospital will be tailored for each community, with a strong focus on ensuring better integration of health and human services under one roof.

This year’s State Budget allocated $2 million to begin planning for these hospitals, including the one here in Eltham. Planning is now underway with the Eltham area Community Consultative Committee recently selected.

Members of the committee include:

•             Ronda Jacobs – Carrington Health

•             Michael Geary – Banyule Community Health

•             Corrienne Nichols – Nillumbik Shire Council

•             Nathan Panzera – community member

•             John O’Brien – community member

•             Aunty Pamela Pedersen – community member

•             Lily Hopping – community member

•             Sadha Ranasinghe – community member

•             Andrew Chan – community member

•             Andeli Zuzic – community member

•             Adrian Richards – community member

•             Katharine Lancaster – community member

•             John Fecondo – community member

•             Rhonda Bain – community member

•             Jennifer Barry – community member

•             Helen Robertson – community member

•             Ross Coverdale – community member.

•             Sue Shilbury – Austin Health

Vicki is encouraging the community to keep up to date with developments on this important project at

Quotes Attributable to the Member for Eltham, Vicki Ward MP:

“I am looking forward to meeting with the committee and working together to help develop an excellent community hospital for our area”

 Quotes Attributable to Jennifer Barry, community member:

 “The State Government has shown they are serious about offering quality community care by sourcing people with the knowledge and aligned values that can be trusted to contribute to the building of community hospitals.”


Vicki Ward