Ivanhoe HealthOne Facility Under Development
A milestone in healthcare for the community of Ivanhoe was recognised when Member for Barwon, Mr Kevin Humphries, officially turned the first sod at the site of the development of the new $2.4million HealthOne Ivanhoe.
Mr Humphries said the event acknowledges the beginning of a new era in healthcare for the people of Ivanhoe and the surrounding region.
“Today’s sod turning ceremony officially recognises the vision, hard work and achievement of the Far West Local Health District and Ivanhoe community in building a new HealthOne facility,” Mr Humphries said.
“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that our public health facilities continue to provide the highest quality care and the Ivanhoe HealthOne has been a priority development to provide improved access to and accommodation of a mix of health services to meet the needs of this rural community now and into the future.”
Mr Humphries said a HealthOne will provide Ivanhoe and the surrounding region with a ‘one-stop-shop’ model of health delivery.
Co-ordinated primary health care with a patient centred approach will be delivered by multiple health providers to improve health outcomes for patients.
“The Ivanhoe HealthOne will provide the Far West Local Health District and its partners, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, with a health facility that will support better integration and coordination of services,” Mr Humphries said.
“The new facility will also provide additional space for improved community involvement in health programs. This will enhance the health promotion and education activities that can be undertaken at the HealthOne. For example, nutrition classes with young mums and an Aboriginal Elders’ exercise group.
“Ultimately, the HealthOne will help to improve health outcomes and contribute to keeping people healthy and out of hospital.”
Mr Humphries praised the involvement of the local community in the planning and development of the HealthOne.
“The community, the planners, and working groups members, are to be congratulated for being a major driving force behind getting to this milestone event today,” he said.
Ausco Modular was announced as the successful contractor for the building of the $2.4 million health facility, with work to start in May.