For Immediate Release: Tuesday 23 April 2019
Community Views on the Proposal to Join Services
Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health have received feedback from the community on the proposal to join health services, following consultation during February and March.
The Boards of Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health have endorsed the views of their communities in a wide consultation process that retaining local services is paramount.
The consultation sessions were held to engage the communities in proposals to join both services, and respondents were clear that they wanted hospitals and facilities to remain in place in their current locations at Kyneton, Daylesford, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham.
Kyneton District Health Board President Peter Matthews and Hepburn Health Service Board Chair Philip Thomson said both boards were committed to maintaining services at current sites, and that moving forward would also involve improving and enhancing services.
Joint Chief Executive Officer of Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health, Maree Cuddihy said: “We would like to thank the community and staff for participating in the recent consultation opportunities and providing valuable feedback on the proposal to join Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health.
“A total of 11 consultation sessions were held in five locations – Kyneton, Daylesford, Trentham, Clunes and Creswick, engaging 211 people. A survey received 71 responses. We received five letters and submissions from community members. We undertook advertising and sent letters to local stakeholder organisations to invite participation. Information was posted on the Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health websites as well as the Facebook pages, reaching over 4800 people with 385 post clicks. Ongoing meetings are also being held with staff across the organisations,” she said.
Kyneton District Health Board President Peter Matthews said: “Feedback was generally positive. It was great to hear a range of community views on the proposal and to hear which health service priorities are important to local people. We are focused on improving patient care and achieving positive health outcomes through locally-based, high quality services.
“We are currently considering the information received through the consultation process, which will help to determine the next steps. We will also take into account the clinical, governance, financial, human resource, technological, and regulatory impacts of the proposal, which have been assessed through the independent due diligence study.
“The theme of improving services for people of all ages and meeting the needs of our growing population came through strongly, there was particular focus on aged care, family and children’s services” he said.
Hepburn Health Service Board Chair Philip Thomson said: “The community feedback received on the proposal and health service priorities is greatly valued and will help us to determine how we can meet future health needs.
“Retaining and enhancing local health services in local communities was a key theme. The importance of keeping existing services in place, preserving local identity and harnessing opportunities for new services in each town was highlighted.
“If we were to proceed we want to reassure communities that local health services will continue to service local needs and that hospitals and facilities will remain in place in their current locations at Kyneton, Daylesford, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham. There will be no reduction in services, staffing or funding through the proposal.
“We look forward to considering all of the information from the consultation and due diligence studies and will keep communities informed,” he said.