Integration gets ministerial seal of approval

A shared future for Castlemaine Health and CHIRP Community Health is one step closer with the Minister for Health Martin Foley having formally approved the integration of the two local health organisations.
The integration is supported by an independent review and feedback from staff, consumers, partner organisations and the wider community. Both Boards formally endorsed integration at their meetings in June.
Castlemaine Health Board Chair Peggy Ronnau said the case for integration couldn’t be more compelling.
“We are better together. With this decision we’re now just months away from a shared future where our unique people, identities and strengths work as one to deliver the very best community health services around,” she said.
CHIRP Chair Lexi Randall-L’Estrange said this was the very last formal step so they’re not resting on their laurels.
“There is a great deal of work already in progress as we prepare for implementation of integration from October 1, 2021,” Ms Randall-L’Estrange said. See the Mail for the full story…

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.