New medical health hub set to benefit Tatiara community

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Working group members Des Murray, Dr Nathan Gray, Phill Hudson, Bruce Rodda, Jennie Jacobs, Cr Dianna Penniment, Cr Robert Mock and Graeme Close.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Working group members Des Murray, Dr Nathan Gray, Phill Hudson, Bruce Rodda, Jennie Jacobs, Cr Dianna Penniment, Cr Robert Mock and Graeme Close.

Tatiara District Council is one step closer towards finalising a business case to develop a new medical health hub located in Bordertown. 

The community health service is planned to be established on council land adjoining the hospital grounds and will serve as a much-needed health asset for the greater Tatiara district. 

Members of the Bordertown Health Hub working group congregated on January 30 to meet with AsiaAustralis consultants Dr Nathan Gray, Phill Hudson and Bruce Rodda in order to discuss plans to develop a business case for a health hub in Bordertown.

Tatiara District Council mayor Graham Excell said the council had engaged with AsiaAustralis to prepare a business case for the health hub in Bordertown and get plans underway as soon as possible.

“The Bordertown community has been calling for a new medical hub that could accommodate visiting specialists, community health and other health related services for some time,” Mayor Excell said.

“Council has taken a keen interest in this opportunity, purchased the land adjoining the hospital grounds from the state government, and established a working group to progress the project.”

Over the past year, working group members have visited many other medical centres to gather information on possible business models and develop a unique vision for the Tatiara community.

The working group will work closely with the consultants to develop a sustainable model for Bordertown.

“The project will build our understanding of current and future health service needs. It will review the existing services and whether current delivery meets community need, investigate a responsive, cost effective and sustainable business model, and identify funding opportunities,” Mayor Excell said.

Over the coming months, AsiaAustralis will undertake initial research and planning work before consulting with the community in individual stakeholder briefings as well as community meetings in April.

A final report is expected by June.

For further information, contact Tatiara District Council on 8752 1044.