IT is imperative that as many people as possible have their say on health services in the region ahead of Mildura Base Public Hospital being returned to public management.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services is conducting the Future health care needs for Mildura and Northern Mallee until July 11.

 

Hundreds of people have had their say, with more than 80 percent of them women.

 

Member for Mildura Ali Cupper said the survey would help the Department of Health and Human Services better understand the healthcare service needs for stakeholder groups and residents ahead of the Mildura and Northern Mallee Regional Service Plan being completed.

 

“We’d really love to have more men get involved by completing the survey,” Ms Cupper said.

 

“It’s great so see more than 350 people have already had their say, and I would urge as many people as possible to do the same.”

 

The survey can be found at: www.engage.vic.gov.au/future-health-care-needs-mallee.

 

Ms Cupper said any constituents who needed help completing the online survey could drop into her office at 35 Deakin Avenue.

 

“If anyone doesn’t have access to the internet or is having trouble completing the survey, they are welcome to come into our office and we can assist them,” she said.

 

Ms Cupper, who is chair of the community consultative committee, said the hospital transition was on track for the September 15 handover.

 

“The first community board in more than 20 years has been appointed and there is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition,” she said.

 

“The service plan is a key project and our opportunity to clearly outline what services are working, and where the shortfalls are, in our health care.”

 

For more information on the hospital transition visit www.vhhsba.vic.gov.au/mildura-base-hospital-transition.