Health Services Amalgamation
West Wimmera Health Service’s CEO John Smith is looking forward to working with Dunmunkle Health Services as they amalgamate.

This landmark decision was triggered by a proposal from the Dunmunkle Health Services Board to the Board of West Wimmera Health Service suggesting the two services join forces some three years ago.

Since then the two Boards in conjunction with their communities and the Department of Health and Human Services have thoroughly investigated the feasibility of such a move.

At last, Ministerial approval has been granted for the two rural health services to amalgamate, exciting news which means that from 1st July 2016 the two health services will become one entity and nine rural communities will be the beneficiaries of a single organisation dedicated to improving and extending the health services already delivered to the existing sites of Nhill, Kaniva, Goroke, Jeparit, Rainbow and Natimuk with the Dunmunkle towns of Murtoa, Minyip and Rupanyup now included.

Dunmunkle Health Services, previously under the umbrella of Wimmera Health Care Group will be a strong force in the new West Wimmera Health Service which will continue to be led by experienced Chief Executive Officer, John Smith, with the Board of Governance made up of representatives of both the original organisations.

Both Presidents praised the support received from Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy saying this was the preferred outcome for Dunmunkle who chose to become part of West Wimmera Health Service based on its experience and excellent record in delivering a wide range of health services in similar sized communities.