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Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) is pleased to announce that work on their Master Plan has now commenced with the appointment of lead consultant group, Conrad Gargett.

Boasting extensive experience in health infrastructure, and an impressive portfolio of global clientele, Conrad Gargett will be leading all phases of the Master Plan development.

The process will take 16-weeks and will consider all campuses including Albury, Wodonga and other facilities operated by AWH. The final Master Plan is due to be completed by November 2021.

This announcement follows the release of AWH’s Clinical Services Plan earlier this year, which identified 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.

In line with the Clinical Services Plan, the Master Plan will determine the capital infrastructure required to meet these future healthcare demands, and fulfil AWH’s vision of providing increased and expanded healthcare closer to home.

“Our vision is to grow with the Border community to provide the best regional healthcare in Australia; increase the range and complexity of local services; and build local skills and expertise to deliver comprehensive healthcare close to home,” AWH CEO, Michael Kalimnios, explained.

“Master Planning will define the infrastructure needed to deliver the contemporary healthcare and specialist services the Border community deserves.”

To determine these infrastructure needs, Conrad Gargett will conduct internal and external stakeholder consultations, functional design analysis, conditional assessments of current infrastructure, and a Value Management Study which will inform future infrastructure business cases and engagement strategies with state governments.

Having previously announced $300,000 in NSW state government funding to help deliver the Master Plan, Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP welcomed today’s announcement.

“This advancement to the next stage of Master Planning is fantastic news for the Albury Wodonga region. We deserve the best possible health service, and I welcome the opportunity to work alongside Albury Wodonga Health in ensuring our community’s needs are met,” Mr Clancy said.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the Victorian Government will continue to work with its NSW counterparts to ensure border communities have access to the health services they rely on.

“The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring people living in regional areas have access to high quality care, close to home.

Master Planning is an important first step in ensuring future health infrastructure in the region meets the needs of our growing and changing population.”

AWH’s Board of Directors Chair, Matt Burke OAM, explained “We head into the Master Planning with no preferred outcome in terms of existing site or new site, and look forward to the consultants informed recommendations once the Master Plan is completed in November,”.

“Our consultants will work with staff, specialists, stakeholders and consumers throughout all phases of the Master Planning development to ensure all recommended future developments are tailored to our community’s unique needs.”

“This truly is a very exciting time for Albury Wodonga Health and our community, and we look forward to sharing progress updates over the next few months.”

Further information about the Master Plan, Clinical Services Plan, can be found on AWH’s website: www.awh.org.au/about-us/our-future

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