Planning progresses for new Melton health hub

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed planning advances for the new Melton Ambulatory Care Centre to be built in Barries Road, with construction due to commence in 2016.

Mr Nardella said:

Once completed, the Melton Ambulatory Care Centre will provide adult community mental health and youth mental health services, a range of adult health, children and family services, drug and alcohol services, and Aboriginal health services.

Melton is one of Melbourne’s fastest growing areas. The current population of 127,638 residents is forecast to grow to 315,908 by 2036.

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to ensuring Victorians can access health care and treatment, closer to home.

The Melton Ambulatory Care Centre is being developed with strong collaboration and contribution from several local agencies, including Midwest Area Mental Health, CoHealth, Breakthru People Solutions, Odyssey House, Victorian Aboriginal Health Services, MacKillop Family services and Pinarc.

The Government is providing $14 million towards the $21 million project, which includes funding from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution initiative. Remaining funds will be provided by service providers.

Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy said:

We want to ensure Victorians can get the care they need, when they need it, and health hubs are a great way to provide health services to local communities.

Health hubs bring together a range of health and community services under one roof, ensuring services are better coordinated, more efficient, and more convenient for locals.

Mr Nardella said:

It’s vital that local communities can access health services near where they live and work.

I’m delighted planning is progressing on the Melton Ambulatory Care Centre. Health hubs are convenient, easy to access, centrally located and it will make a big difference to local residents.