Alexandra District Health - Clinical Services Plan 2018 - 2023
The Alexandra District Health Clinical Services Plan 2018-2023 was launched at an Open Day Event for the health service on Saturday 18 August.
Alexandra District Health CEO, Debbie Rogers said: “The five-year Plan was developed in close consultation with the community, stakeholders and staff to identify health service needs.
“A total of 147 residents attended community sessions in Eildon, Marysville, Alexandra and Yea to help shape the future of our services. Plus 16 staff and 21 stakeholders had input into the planning. A total of 49 online surveys were also submitted.”
Ms Rogers said: “The Clinical Services Plan outlines the direction for health services in the Alexandra District Health catchment over the next five years. It identifies the scope of service delivery and informs future planning and development opportunities.”
“The Plan proposes a variety of new and improved services and partnerships. In addition, there is much that can be done in community education and health promotion.”
Alexandra District Health Board Chair Carole Staley said: “We are very proud of the modern facilities that our health service has to offer, and our highly skilled and capable staff.
“The Alexandra District Health Clinical Services Plan for 2018-2023 demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality services and to meeting the needs of our community both now and in the future.
“We encourage everyone to read the document and we thank the community and staff for their valuable input,” Ms Staley said.
The Plan has four key priority areas and actions focusing on:
1. Collaboration (partnerships)
2. Sustainability (strengthening and growing services)
3. Aged Care Services
4. Child, Youth and Family Services.
The Clinical Services Plan highlights a number of socio-demographics:
- The 2016 population of Murrindindi East was 6,383 and is projected to increase to 7,235 by 2031.
- Compared to the rest of Victoria, Murrindindi is ageing faster, with lower growth rates in the working age population.
- The population of people 65+ will increase (1,848 in 2016 to 2,355 in 2031). These changes are significant when compared to the projected population of Victoria.
- In 2016, there were 2,935 households in Murrindindi East, 599 of which were
families with children representing around 20 % of all households in Murrindindi East.
The Health Profile shows:
- Across Murrindindi, there are high rates of behaviours linked to chronic disease such as smoking and poor nutrition, particularly among males over 18.
- Compared to the Victorian average, the proportion of persons with asthma is higher in Murrindindi and so is the proportion of overweight people.
- The rate of Home and Community Care (HACC) clients is higher than average, as is the rate of mental health clients, while the rate of drug and alcohol clients is lower than average.
- There is a relatively high proportion of people in Murrindindi Shire who experience a high degree of psychological distress (9.68 %) and Murrindindi Shire is the 11th highest ranked Local Government Area in Victoria in this measure.
A copy of the plan can be downloaded here.