The Board at Ballan District Health & Care has confirmed they’re working closely with State and Federal Government health divisions to address structural and funding issues affecting the healthcare service’s short and long term viability.
The latest preliminary figures (yet to be audited) reveal a position for 2017/2018 financial year, with a loss of $480,000 (before depreciation). For the 2018/2019 financial year, the loss is projected to increase to $800,000 if the organisation doesn’t make changes to the way it operates.
“Now more than ever, we are working with government and other health services to determine how and when we can transition BDHC from a position of financial strain to financial growth. The whole Ballan community, and our incredibly hard-working team, depend on BDHC to continue to be a vital healthcare provider in the Western corridor of Victoria” says Lyn Gunnell, BDHC Board President.
With 171 staff members, 94% of which live within a 50km radius of Ballan, BDHC is Ballan’s largest employer and a significant employer in the whole Moorabool Shire. BDHC also has over a dozen active supplier partnerships with businesses in Ballan and surrounding districts.
There are some positives signs for BDHC – especially in terms of quality of service and growth. Excellence in care continues to be demonstrated with successful Hospital and Aged Care accreditations occurring in the last six months – with BDHC meeting all quality standards. In terms of growth, latest figures show an increase in the number of hospital and allied healthcare patients at BDHC, as well as an increase in GP attendances.
The BDHC Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th October, starting at 5.30pm at Ballan Mechanics Institute Hall (143 Inglis Street, Ballan).
Ballan District Health & Care commenced operations in 1966 as a six-bed Soldiers’ Memorial Bush Nursing Hospital. The hospital opening represented a significant community achievement. Many local people had made the Ballan Hospital their life’s work.
Ballan District Health & Care remains a Soldiers’ Memorial Bush Nursing Hospital, is owned by the community through the Ballan Hospital Association and is a registered charity. Many local people, including staff members and volunteers, continue to make the organisation their life’s work: to the benefit of the people of Ballan and surrounding Districts.