For Our

The Boards of Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Stawell Regional Health, Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services believe they will be healthier, stronger, together.

Our communities deserve safe, sustainable, healthcare tailored to their changing workforce and community needs, for the long term.

Together, we can deliver better healthcare, enhance services and advance careers, closer to home, now and into the future.

Each fortnight, Care For Our Region will address key questions raised by local communities. This week, we look at the impact on the economy of a new health service in the Wimmera and Northern Grampians region. Next up, we’ll unpack the implication for provision of services. Please visit the FAQ page for regular updates.

Our Region


Edenhope’s health and aged care services are underutilised and there are currently limits to the scope of care available. This forces people to travel out of the region for care.


Horsham and Dimboola face declining access to healthcare due to difficulty attracting and retaining a local workforce. As a result, many services are underutilised.


More than 600 people travel or are transferred to Ballarat for acute or emergency healthcare each year. New pathways are needed for staff in this region to gain knowledge and develop a specialisation, while reducing the reliance on temporary staff to fill workforce gaps.


Ballarat is facing substantial and increasing demand for its services. There is a need to better manage demand, working with other services to achieve these outcomes.

To learn more about why we have embarked on this process, click here.

The Proposal


These urgent and pressing challenges need to be addressed for the long term. Our communities deserve safe, sustainable, healthcare tailored to their changing workforce and community needs. 

That’s what this is about.


We must find a better way to deliver:

  • Improved quality and utilisation of services
  • Increased long term sustainability across all services
  • Improved opportunities for recruiting, developing and retaining health workforces
  • Higher quality care, safer practices and better systems
  • Further community trust and engagement in local health services
  • A stronger and more influential voice for rural healthcare in our region


If this proposal is approved, our health services will embark on an inclusive service planning process, defining a shared vision and future, while retaining local ownership and identity.

While the Victorian Government’s Department of Health reviews the proposal, we are undertaking further engagement with staff and the community, above and beyond the engagement already undertaken in each local area.

We will outline where we’ve come from, the need for this change, and take the community through the benefits outlined in the proposal. We also want to hear about how we can deliver better healthcare, enhance services and support our people, locally and across the region.

We’re looking forward to talking further to our staff and community.


What could this mean for your community?


Coming together can increase hospital-based and allied health services available locally, reducing the need for Edenhope patients to travel to access care. It also improves the sustainability of the local services by working towards higher activity levels and utilisation in aged care.

This also enhances capability and access to specialist care for aged care patients and improves coordination across the region.


Coming together can support local services by attracting a larger and more sustainable workforce to Horsham, including greater access to specialists and reduced reliance on temporary staff and locums. 

A larger body provides a more influential voice to advocate for the Wimmera region.



Coming together can provide greater local access to local healthcare. This includes inpatient, rehabilitation and acute care, greater options for surgical services and the potential for rotating doctors to reduce the reliance on temporary staff and locums.

There is scope to further enhance quality and safety of local services, though robust clinical governance and specialist care.


Coming together can alleviate some of the rapidly growing demand experienced at Ballarat, by sharing skills and resources across the region.

This supports service provision, a larger sustainable workforce pool and enhanced collaboration.

To learn more about the benefits of the proposal for Edenhope, Horsham, Stawell and Ballarat click here.

Share your needs with us

We want to hear from you – our community – so we can bring services to the area that meet the health needs of individuals and families in the region.

We’ll work closely with patients, residents, staff and groups in each local community to develop this exciting and much needed plan for the future, while retaining local ownership and identity.