The partnership between Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah health services is progressing with an improvement of access to health care for local communities."
Communication and consultation took place between staff and the community from November last year to March this year over the collaboration proposal between Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah health services.
Numurkah District Health Service chief executive officer Jacque Phillips said the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
‘‘The collaboration of services and strengthening of partnerships across the three organisations is now commencing and this will take place progressively over the next 12 months,’’ she said.
Ms Phillips said alongside the consultation, they undertook a due diligence analysis of financial, clinical, HR and governance matters.
Cobram District Health Board chair Dale Brooks said they were pleased with the level of engagement from the community and staff on the proposal during the past five months.
‘‘The three separate boards of management will continue to govern each health service, including exploring ways to further the partnership in the future to provide better services for each location,’’ Mr Brooks said.
Nathalia District Hospital Board chair Sue Logie said providing consistent, high-quality, safe and accessible care to the community was their priority.
‘‘The existing facilities will remain in place, in their current locations,’’ Ms Logie said.
‘‘Current services will be maintained and enhanced to improve access and deliver the best possible health care locally.
‘‘There will be no reduction in services, staffing or funding in relation to the collaboration initiative.’’
For more details, visit www.ncnhealthservices.org.au