Initiatives - Grampians
Page content: Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre | Grampians Loddon-Mallee (GLM) Online Learning Portal | Rural Health Bank (CasConnect) Pilot | Stawell Health and Community Centre | Aboriginal Health | Community Mental Health Planning and Service Coordination Initiative | Grampians Emergency and Critical Care
Funding of $13 million by the State Government will help establish a new $55 million state-of the-art regional cancer centre in Ballarat, with the balance of funding of $42 million to be provided from the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Cancer Centre initiative.
The new Cancer Centre will expand and enhance radiotherapy services for the Grampians Region and integrate Ballarat Health Services’ cancer services into a patient-friendly and high quality facility which supports multidisciplinary clinical and supportive care. It will provide a co-located, integrated cancer service with increased capacity for outpatient radiotherapy and chemotherapy services. Four bunkers, fitted with two new linear accelerators and the relocated existing linear accelerator, will provide the facilities to meet current demand as well as for future growth in demand for radiotherapy services.
For further information about Victoria’s Cancer Action Plan and services near you visit Cancer Services in Victoria.
The GLM Online Learning Portal was established in 2008 to provide a range of on-line courses for 39 health services in the Grampians and Loddon-Mallee.
The courses promote a common set of competencies across regions, reduce the workload of educators and education managers located in rural and regional health services, and help to reduce some of the clinical risks associated with providing contemporary health and aged care services.
For further information visit the GLM Online Learning Portal.
CasConnect is a centralised casual bank management service is a centralised casual bank service that specialises in relief staffing for rural and regional health services.
Funded by the Department of Health and operated on its behalf by Stawell Regional Health, CasConnect uses a web-based allocations system and text messaging to advise casual staff about the availability of shifts. This system, and other services offered by CasConnect, enables a more effective and efficient use of time by senior staff in health services, as well as improving the working lives and employment choices for casual staff.
For further information visit the CasConnect
The new $20 million health and community centre in Stawell brings together a range of vital health services under the one roof.
A unique collaborative project evolved, involving Grampians Community Health, Stawell Regional Health, Wimmera Uniting Care, Northern Grampians Shire, Stawell Intertwine Services, a private GP clinic and other community based service providers and community groups.
The centre will deliver a range of services including general practice, allied health, home and community care, community nursing, health promotion, alcohol and other drugs, housing, mental health, community care, palliative care, carers respite and youth services.
The Victorian Government, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the Commonwealth Government, is committed to developing and delivering programs that can help close the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Victorians.
For more information about Aboriginal Health initiatives, including the regional Closing the Gap Implementation Plan visit Aboriginal Health .
Because Mental Health Matters: Victorian Mental Health Reform Strategy 2009-19 is the Victorian Government’s agenda for change and improvement in the way we address mental health. It emphasises prevention, early intervention, consumer-centred and coordinated care, recovery and social inclusion.
Specialist mental health services will join in this effort with other services, including primary health, community care, education, early childhood, employment, youth, sport and recreation, justice, police, corrections, housing and aged care.
The Community Mental Health Planning and Service Coordination (CMHPSC) Initiative supports implementation of the Victorian Mental Health Reform Strategy at the local level, engaging a range of agencies to improve mental health outcomes for local populations.
For further information visit Victorian Mental Health Reform Strategy.
The Grampians Emergency and Critical Care website was established to promote sharing of knowledge and expertise amongst health professionals engaged in Emergency and Critical Care.