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Today Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) released its Clinical Services Plan.

Developed in close collaboration with staff and stakeholders, the Plan identifies the services AWH needs to provide the Albury/Wodonga and Border region over the next twenty years, in line with forecast population growth, demographics and health trends.

Along with providing service projections and recommendations, the Clinical Services Plan reinforces AWH’s vision to provide world-class regional healthcare, closer to home.

“This is a very exciting time for Albury Wodonga Health and our community,” said Matt Burke OAM, Chair of AWH’s Board of Directors.

“The Clinical Services Plan is a critical document in ensuring we establish the structures, infrastructure, and workforce required to provide the high-quality healthcare our growing cross-border community deserves.”

Since its establishment over ten years ago, AWH has already undertaken significant developments to become one of the largest regional health services in Victoria, serving a catchment area of over 300,000 people.

To meet forecast population growth and health care demands, the Clinical Services Plan highlights the necessity for further service expansions – increasing the range and complexity of local services, and building local partnerships, skills and expertise to deliver world-class healthcare close to home.

One of the major recommendations to come from the plan is the need for a single-site, regional hospital to service the healthcare needs of the cross-border community. The need for a single-site referral hospital is strongly supported by local clinicians, noting the safety and quality of care improvements that can be achieved via one fully resourced regional site.

“We are excited to see the Clinical Services Plan advocating for a single regional hospital that will meet the needs of our community into the future. This will provide our community with services on par with our metropolitan counterparts,” explained AWH’s Perioperative and Surgical Services Medical Director, Barbara Robertson.

Much like the experience of the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, the establishment of a world-class cross-border regional hospital will dramatically reduce the need for the community to travel outside the region for care.

AWH has already commenced this journey towards becoming Australia’s leading regional healthcare service and providing quality care close to home, with a number of projects underway. These include the development of a 24/7 cardiac service, Albury’s Emergency Department Redevelopment, the establishment of a Community Outpatient Services Hub in Wodonga, and Mental Health service and infrastructure enhancements.

The next phase in the Clinical Services process is the development of a Master Plan, which identifies the facilities and infrastructure needed to achieve the Clinical Service Plan outcomes.

Speaking on the Master Plan, AWH’s CEO Michael Kalimnios explains “this is a really important document in ensuring we have the facilities we need to expand, diversify and be responsive to the health needs of the community over the next twenty years.”

For a full copy of the Clinical Services Plan, including Points of Care, please email ceo@awh.org.au.

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