About the Project

Bass Coast Council has a strong relationship with Bass Coast Health (BCH) as the key provider of health services throughout the region. BCH have indicated $14 million in recurrent funding is required in 2023 to to run the expanded services of the Wonthaggi Hospital and $10 million in recurrent funding for the new Phillip Island Community Hospital which is due to open in 2024.

In consultation with Bass Coast Health we have identified the following key priorities.

Funding for Stages 2 and 3 to build 32-bed acute ward, Dialysis, a 32-bed sub-acute ward, a new Outpatients Service, and Day Treatment Centre, Pharmacy, Pathology, Mortuary, Kitchen, Engineering, Supply, allowing sub-regional capacity.

On 15 September 2022 Labor announced a pre-election funding pledge to build Stage 2 of the Wonthaggi Hospital, costed at between $250-$290 million should an Andrews Labor Government be re-elected.

Each year over 200 local women need to travel out of the region to give birth. Wonthaggi Hospital requires a Level 4 Maternity Service with a neonatal cot to meet the needs of local mothers. In addition, more outpatient services are required including fertility and gynaecological services.

There is a need for more Residential Aged Care beds with a shortfall of over 300 aged care beds in our catchment.

Bass Coast Health operates two residential aged care facilities: Kirrak House at Wonthaggi Hospital and Griffiths Point Lodge Hostel in San Remo, with both requiring significant capital investment to meet contemporary models of aged care. To meet demand, Bass Coast Health proposes a new 120 bed facility on the existing Griffiths Point Lodge site, a location which ensures no land cost, and is central to the catchment.

Bass Coast Health seeks funding towards feasibility and detailed design. The cost of works is expected to exceed $40 million.

The Mental Health Royal Commission identified a number of gaps that align with the mental health service gaps across Bass Coast. There is urgent need for:

  • 24/7 Mental Health clinicians based at Wonthaggi Hospital for acute intervention;
  • Additional AOD and Mental Health acute and primary clinicians based in a local Mental Health hub
  • An Adult and a Youth Prevention and Recovery Centre (PARC) in the Bass Coast catchment.