Partnerships between Nathalia, Cobram and Numurkah (NCN) health services are being strengthened, to improve access to health care for local communities.
The three organisations continue to operate as separate entities, and the boards of management continue to govern each health service independently.
The partnerships will explore ways to provide better services for each location. Some of the partnership projects already underway include the innovative ‘choose well feel better’ urgent care project, new mental health services, respiratory services, enhanced palliative care services and community rehabilitation services.
Extensive communication and consultation on the partnership proposal took place with staff and the community from November 2017 to end-March 2018. Feedback was positive. A ‘due diligence’ analysis of financial, clinical, HR and governance matters was also undertaken.
Jacque Phillips OAM has been contracted to the role of CEO for Cobram District Health and Nathalia District Hospital in addition to her current position as CEO at Numurkah District Health Service.
A Memorandum of Understanding and service agreements between Nathalia District Hospital, Cobram District Health and Numurkah District Health Service have been developed.
The existing facilities will remain in place, in their current locations. Current services will be maintained and enhanced to improve access and deliver the best possible health care locally.