Community consultation on integration plan

Mount Alexander Shire communities have the opportunity to have a say on the future of local community health and services.

The Boards of CHIRP Community Health and Castlemaine Health are developing a plan for the integration of community services to ensure the continued provision of accessible and responsive community health services for local communities, and are inviting community input.

Community and staff consultation on the integration plan is being undertaken from 28 September to 6 November 2020.

Lexi Randall-L’Estrange, Chair CHIRP Community Health said: “A detailed plan for integration is being developed. It will consider the governance, financial, service, human resource and legal impacts of integration. Community consultation is an important part of this process and will inform the plan.

“Community and staff members are invited to participate in a range of consultation opportunities, including a survey, online consultation sessions/meetings, feedback forms and written submissions.

Peggy Ronnau, Chair Castlemaine Health said: “We encourage everyone to participate in the consultation options. We want to know what is important to you, to strengthen services and shape the future of community health and services in Mount Alexander Shire.

“It is important to note that all our staff are valued, and community health and services will be enhanced. Integration would result in the combination of staffing and services currently delivered by both organisations.”

The plan to integrate community health and services aims to:

  • Ensure future sustainability
  • Enhance access to community health and services across the Mount Alexander Shire
  • Strengthen services to better meet the evolving needs of the community
  • Share the burden of compliance and ensure that our funding can be targeted to direct services as much as possible
  • Enhance opportunities for staff development/training/skill sharing and best practice

Have your say

A range of consultation opportunities are available:

Fill in a survey

The survey will be open from 28 September to 30 October

Attend a General Community Online Consultation Session

A range of focus group sessions are being planned for community groups, organisations, service users, staff, volunteers and the general community.

To register to attend a consultation session, please contact Claire Marshall (Senior Consultant, Cube Group) on 0430 305 124 or email Claire Marshall at Cube Group.


  Session Date/Time Details
1. Community Focus Group 20 October,
9am – 10.30am
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Meeting ID: 821 5068 8912

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2. Community Focus Group 21 October,
12pm – 1.30pm
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Meeting ID: 835 8509 4222

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3. Community Focus Group 22 October, 3pm – 4.30pm Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 870 9157 5624

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4. Community Focus Group 27 October,
9 am – 10.30am
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Meeting ID: 865 1725 0055
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5. Community Focus Group 28 October,
12 pm – 1.30pm
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Meeting ID: 825 4244 0168
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6. Community Focus Group 29 October,
7pm – 8.30pm
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Meeting ID: 861 8624 3089

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Write to: Communication and Marketing Manager, Castlemaine Health, PO Box 50, Castlemaine, VIC, 3450

Email: Use the Contact Us form on our website.

Phone: Castlemaine Health (03) 5471 3505.

We will keep people informed and engaged as we move through this process via the website, social media, local media, letters, meetings and consultation opportunities.

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