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December 04, 2017

At Goulburn Valley Health’s annual meeting last week, chief executive Trevor Saunders said the hospital had made a submission to the Victorian Government to fund the upgrade.

Health advocates are pushing for an upgrade of Shepparton’s Community Health, in a bid to improve the region’s services.

The estimated $10million redevelopment would aim to meet the growing demand for primary care and community health services in the Goulburn Valley.

At Goulburn Valley Health’s annual meeting last week, chief executive Trevor Saunders said the hospital had made a submission to the Victorian Government to fund the upgrade.

Mr Saunders said he believed there was a need to expand the centre in Corio St to integrate community services.

The hospital has put in for a $13million state government submission to develop the facility and will discover if the proposal is successful this month.

‘‘Throughout Shepparton we have a number of services that are provided out of buildings that aren’t fit for purpose, some of them being old houses,’’ Mr Saunders said.

‘‘We’ve got indications of strong support from the Minister, but we are in a race here, we’re in a race against other health services for those funds.’’

The original service opened in 2014, after the Victorian Government contributed $600000 in funding.

The current centre offers a range of services, including pathology, community nursing services, allied health and case management counselling.

State Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has backed the planned redevelopment, calling on the Victorian Government to support the expansion.

Ms Lovell said the redevelopment would enable GV Health to relocate child and adolescent mental health services and ambulatory paediatric services to join with other services already in place.

‘‘With stage one of the hospital’s redevelopment focused on acute care, the Labor Government needs to invest in primary care services for the Goulburn Valley community,’’ she said.

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