Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services - Strengthening Partnerships

Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services have announced a decision to explore partnership options, including a possible voluntary amalgamation, to enhance the delivery of services and create better health outcomes for local people across the Wimmera region.

The Boards stated their intentions to consider better partnering options in August this year. Analysis has been undertaken by independent consultant Cube Group, following the completion of phase 1 work. The next phase will include further assessment and community consultation over the next three months.

The Boards have made the decision to proceed to the next stage, based on a number of significant benefits including: better health outcomes for people across the region; greater access to clinical health care locally; strengthened capacity and expansion of services; greater workforce opportunities, training and development; enhanced models of care and effective health services for the future.

Together, we are looking at ways to further enhance the partnerships between our regional health services to provide safe and accessible care closer to home.

Community consultation is being undertaken from 2 November 2020 until 15 February 2021.
The community is invited to participate in a range of consultation activities including filling in a survey or feedback form, making a submission or attending a consultation session/workshop.

 Tell us what is important to you to enhance services and improve health outcomes for people in the Wimmera region. Your views are valued.


About the project

An assessment will be undertaken in relation to workforce, financial, service delivery and governance impacts of any partnership. Each Board will then make a decision in relation to their individual health service.

The Boards recognise substantial opportunities for enhanced clinical governance, regulatory compliance, aged care compliance and accreditation, financial capability and clinical service delivery through exploring partnership opportunities.

It is important to note that any partnership options being explored would focus on enhancing service delivery. There would be no loss of services. 

The services have been working very closely in planning and responding to COVID-19 over recent months and this has shown the greater benefits of the health services working together. Examples include Intensive Care Unit collaboration, Aged care collaboration and public health testing. Other successful partnership outcomes to date include expanded oncology services and strong IT systems and support.


We will keep communities informed through our website, social media, media, meetings/sessions and letters as we work through this process.

Have your say

A range of consultation options are available until 15 February 2021:

Fill in a survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WHCGandBHSPartnership
The survey will be open until 11 December 2020

Make a submission
Write to: Partnership Proposal, Wimmera Health Care Group - 83 Baillie Street, Horsham VIC 3400 
Email: partnering@whcg.org.au

Attend a consultation session in January/February 2021
A range of consultation sessions are being planned in January and February 2021. To register your interest to attend a consultation session, please email: partnering@whcg.org.au

Fill in a feedback form or find out more information via the websites
Wimmera Health Care Group – www.whcg.org.au

Wimmera Health Care Group - (03) 5381 9293


Have something to tell us? We welcome all feedback from patients, family members or carers. Tell us more.