Albury Wodonga Health Master Plan

Our Vision:  To Be Australia's Leading Regional Health Service 

Master Planning is progressing.

Master Planning aims to determine the infrastructure required to enable AWH to meet the future needs of our cross-border community (in line with our Clinical Services Plan)
 
Master Planning infrastructure recommendations will support plans for:
  • Development of a new hospital, with co-located services to improve efficiencies and reduce risk
  • The delivery of an expanded range and complexity of clinical services
  • The ability for AWH to play an important regional leadership role, with training, research and stronger partnerships.

Current status and next steps:

  • The Albury Wodonga Health master plan is in draft form and work is progressing. Following a review of the draft plan by the Victorian and NSW Governments, AWH is now undertaking further work on the master plan.
  • The Master Plan process considers all campuses including Albury, Wodonga, and other facilities operated by AWH.
  • Master Plan options will support the infrastructure needs identified by the AWH Clinical Services Plan. A collaborative process between AWH, NSW Ministry of Health, and Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) will continue to review and finalise the Master Plan. This will include a comprehensive briefing at the appropriate time with respective Ministers.
  • This is the normal review of Master Plans made slightly more time-consuming because of all respective jurisdictions being supportive of the proposal. 

Please also view AWH's Clinical Services Plan which outlines how AWH needs to grow and expand if we are to deliver the future healthcare requirements of our community.  

 

Your Questions Answered ...

We're excited about the future of healthcare services across the Border region. We understand the delivery of high quality healthcare services are key supporting the growth and wellbeing of our community. 

Outlined below are some of the frequently asked questions in relation to our Master Plan. If your question has not been answered below in relation to this plan, pelase complete the feedback form included on this page.  

The AWH Master Plan is blueprint to guide the buildings and facilities required over the next 15-20 years to deliver the objectives of the Clinical Service Plan, (CSP). 

The Master Plan will review infrastructure needs across all AWH locations including Albury, Wodonga, Beechworth and Wangaratta.

The safe delivery of health services is AWH’s major objective. To do this, some services are best co-located. Collocation makes it easier for patients and their carers to access like services and for clinicians to provide them safely.

Collocating acute services for example like emergency services, operating theatres, and maternity helps concentrate expertise nearby to deliver coordinated safe care.

Similarly collocating we achieve greater levels of patient safety and care when complementary and like services are located together on the one campus.

The need to co-locate services such as emergency, critical care, surgical and medical services, is strongly supported by local clinicians due to the safety and quality of care improvements that can be achieved by having them on one site.

Much like the experience of the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, co-locating complementary services will dramatically reduce the need for the community to travel between sites for treatment and care.

Our vision is to increase and expand AWH services to meet the projected healthcare needs of the Border community.

To achieve this, we need to invest in expanded, fit for purpose infrastructure to enable our community to receive the care they need, closer to home.

Our vision is to increase and expand AWH services to meet the projected healthcare needs of the Border community.

To achieve this, we need to invest in expanded, fit for purpose infrastructure to enable our community to receive the care they need, closer to home. 

AWH does not have a preferred outcome.

Our aim is to support the cross-border community with the high quality healthcare services we deserve, on our door step. 

The Master Plan will present a series of recommended options to achieve the requirements of the CSP. 

The Master Plan will guide the final recommendations of how the CSP recommendations are met, including assessing options of developing an existing site (brown-field), as well as a new site (green-field).

The location of the site has not yet been determined. That will be the job of the Master Plan.

The CSP recommends a major referral hospital to deliver contemporary regional healthcare. A major referral hospital will increase patient safety by reducing duplication of services and co-locating scarce specialist resources.

The Master Plan will help us decide if the regional hospital is best built on an existing site or a new site.

The CSP recommends a major regional referral hospital. The location of the referral hospital has not yet been determined. That will be the job of the Master Plan.

AWH will continue to deliver its services from multiple sites across the region (we currently deliver services from 21 sites), however our acute and inpatient care will be provided on one site, at a yet to be determined location.

We must continue to address the current healthcare needs and service demands of our community – we cannot wait for the outcome of the long term Master Plan.

The CSP and Master Plan takes a long term view, outlining the services we need to deliver our community in the future, and the infrastructure needed to support delivery of those services.

The Master Plan will present a series of recommended options to achieve the requirements of the CSP. 

The Master Plan will guide the final recommendations of how the CSP recommendations are met, including assessing options of developing an existing site (brown-field), as well as a new site (green-field). If an existing site is the preferred option, the Master Plan will recommend the preferred site, as well as the construction schedule.

The vision of the CSP is to offer new services and expand and increase current services.

Some of the new services recommended include:

·      24 hour coronary care

·      enhanced neonatal services,

·      integrated diabetes service,

·      increased trauma services including retrieval,

·      vascular and thoracic surgeries,

·      reconstructive surgeries,

·      specialist clinics (respiratory, cardiac, endocrine)

·      rheumatology, neurology,

·      regional models of geriatric care

·      enhanced palliative care,

·      24/7 diagnostics

All current services will be expanded to deliver care locally, as much as possible.

Our community deserves to have access to the best healthcare facilities and services – we should not have to travel unnecessarily to access the care we need.

The CSP outlines a healthcare vision that will ensure local communities receive more services, closer to home and reduce the need to travel out of the region for specialist care.

The master plan will identify the facilities we need to make sure we can provide those services in state-of-the-art regional facilities.

The vision of the CSP is to increase and expand the provision of specialist care and local services to cater to our large catchment area.

The development of state-of-the-art facilities with increased specialist service offerings will attract more specialists to the region, as well as research opportunities.

High quality healthcare, combined with increased job opportunities, will result in increased residential and economic investment in the region.

AWH will continue to expand its role in supporting small rural health services to provide services locally and connect with AWH when required, allowing people to continue to stay in the region.

AWH will build on its strength in providing specialist regional health services, such as the Cancer Centre, and will work with our partner  Victorian and NSW health services, to provide more complex, trauma and acute care, and therefore treat people close to home. 

Funding comes from a variety of sources, predominately through Governments. 

The CSP and Master Plan provide the blueprint to define the services our community needs and the infrastructure required to deliver those services.

Once the Master Plan is completed we will work with our community, clinicians, health departments and governments to access the funding required to deliver the health services our community deserves.

On the contrary, it will assist GPs to enhance their own delivery of health care – providing step up and step down opportunities.

An expanded service offering at AWH will build local systems, moving beyond the typical referral pathways – keeping people in the region, close to families and close to their GP.

Master planning requires a collaborative effort amongst multiple  consultants including architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, traffic management consultants, costing specialists and others.