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RECENT changes to the Bass Coast Health
(BCH) Community Nursing Program have
prompted a petition in the Inverloch commu-
nity calling for the changes to be scrapped.
BCH has moved to bring together the clinical
nurse consultant team and the district and pal-
liative care team.
This was done in order to create a more inte-
grated nursing service.
The clinical nurse consultant team shifted to
San Remo prior to Christmas, with the Wont-
haggi-based district and palliative care nurses
to join them later this month.
The decision made by BCH has angered many
within the community, including Inverloch resi-
dent Margaret Pope.
“I was horrified when I read that Bass Coast
Health has made the decision to amalgamate
district nursing and palliative care offices,” Mrs
“How are elderly people with diabetes living
in Inverloch going to get their insulin injection
at 8am each morning, when hand-over is in San
Remo, 37km away?”
Mrs Pope has had first-hand experience with
local district nursing services.
“My dear husband Graeme was able to re-
main at home until the day before he died due
to the dedication, expertise and compassion of
these wonderful nurses,” she said.
“I only hope that it is not too late to reverse
this ludicrous decision that will negatively im-
pact on the very people it is meant to serve.”
Mrs Pope has started a petition supporting
the retention of the District Nurses and Pallia-
tive Care team in Wonthaggi.
The petition can be signed at the Inverloch
Newsagency, Inverloch Post Office, Foodworks
supermarket in Inverloch or at the Inverloch
Within a week, the petition received more
than 200 signatures.
Executive director of Primary and Commu-
nity Care, Paul Greenhalgh, said service to the
public would not be affected.
“We are working closely with the staff and
have held meetings and workshops to ensure
we work through all the implementation issues
appropriately to support the changes,” Paul
“Whilst change is always difficult for some
staff, the majority have embraced the notion of
a single geographical base and the strengthened
“We are confident that the overall service
will be better positioned to see more patients
across the whole Bass Coast Shire, and that the
capabilities of the team will be enhanced to pro -
vide more care to our community.”
BCH CEO Jan Child said she expects signifi-
cant efficiencies as a result of the integrated
“There will be no loss of service – exactly the
opposite - we are expanding the services and
the changes will allow the expertise of the team
to grow along with the amount of services pro -
vided over time.
“This change is ensuring we provide contem-
porary nursing services in line with our stra-
tegic plan and the soon to be released Clinical
HAVE YOU, OR HAS SOMEONE YOU KNOW,
TRIED TO RESEARCH AND NEGOTIATE
CANCER RESOURCES ONLINE?
Do you provide cancer services within the Gippsland region?
Do you have webpage development experience?
Bass Coast Health (BCH) is seeking community input for the Gippsland
Cancer Connections (GCC) project. This project aims to develop a
web resource page accessible via the BCH website, and will include
Gippsland and surrounding cancer service links and printable
How can you be involved in the GCC project?
Become a volunteer by joining the GCC reference/working group.
Go to the BCH website www.basscoasthealth.org.au and complete the
Expression Of Interest (EOI) found in the ‘Latest News’ section of the
home page under the ‘Call for input into cancer project’ banner.
EOI closes Friday, February 17, 2017.
Have your say - interest consumers and cancer service providers
Contribute by completing the upcoming survery, available February 23,
2017 on the BCH website. Hard copies will be available at BCH main
reception during business hours.
Survery closes Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
For more details, please see www.basscoasthealth.org.au or phone
Carmel O’Hea on 5671 3365.
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THE Committee for Gippsland has requested
improvements on the South Gippsland High-
way to the point where ultimately it’s dual lane
from Lang Lang to Leongatha.
The project was listed in the committee’s
State Government’s Budget Submission.
“Freight and commuters along the South
Gippsland Highway would benefit from addi-
tional overtaking lanes and the realignment of
the heavily curved section at Coal Creek, Ko -
rumburra,” the submission stated.
“Ultimately a dual carriageway could be de-
veloped between Lang Lang and Leongatha to
provide better access to the Ports of Melbourne
and Hastings for food processing manufactur-
ers in South Gippsland.”
The submission also called for increased
funding support for local road investment.
“This would include a more consistent and
performance-based standard of maintenance to
reliably improve access.
“There would be preventative and rapid re-
sponse maintenance of roadside vegetation to
avoid road closures and damage to vehicles and
loads from overhanging branches.
“ Increased funding across this area would
also improve minor access blackspots and
Key priority areas on local roads include
Boolarra-Mirboo North Road, Grand Ridge
Road, Grantville-Glen Alvie Road, Kongwak
Road, Loch-Wonthaggi Road and Warragul-Ko-
Topping the list however was a new hospital
for West Gippsland.
The committee welcomed last week’s an-
nouncement from the Coalition that if in govern-
ment, it will fund a new hospital in Warragul.
“Since 2011, the Committee for Gippsland’s
number one strategic priority has been a new
hospital for West Gippsland, acknowledging
the rapid population increase across Baw Baw
Shire and the struggle for the region’s health
infrastructure to keep pace with this growth,”
Committee for Gippsland CEO Mary Aldred
A Connectivity Infrastructure Master Plan for
the region, mapping out digital and phone con-
nectivity is also called for.
The project would provide a set of recom-
mendations to government, as well as up-to-
date data and encouraging commercial signals
to businesses looking at Gippsland as an in-
Committee calls for a better highway
Margaret Pope from Inverloch, dissatisfied with the response from Bass Coast Health, has gath-
ered more than 200 signatures asking for the district nursing changes to be reversed. Ms050717
Staff from Bass Coast Health are adjust-
ing to the recent changes made to district
nursing services. They are, from left, Rouvea
Talty, interim Nurse Unit manager for district
and palliative care Shiela Korda, executive
director of Primary and Community Services
Paul Greenhalgh, Michelle Evans and Jenny
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