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To enrol your child in funded four-year-old Kindergarten for next year, you will need to
register now. Kindergarten enrolment is centralised through South Gippsland Shire
Council. Simply complete a single enrolment form and nominate your Kindergarten
preferences. Enrolments must be lodged by 30 June.
You can enrol at www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/centralenrolment or you can pick up
an enrolment form at Council, your local library or Maternal & Child Health Centre.
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Is your child ready for kindergarten in 2018?
Central enrolment for four-year old
TS Constructions has been announced as
the successful tenderer for the construction
of the eagerly awaited Bass Coast Health
(BCH) Phillip Island Health Hub at Cowes.
The local construction company was
awarded the contract for the $6.5 million
project last week, with building due to start
within the coming weeks to ensure the proj-
ect remains on time and on budget.
TS Constructions director Trevor Bowler
said the company was looking forward to
working on the project.
“We’re extremely honoured and proud to
be the builder appointed for this important
community project and assure everyone a
successful delivery. ”
BCH CEO Jan Child said the Health Hub
is an extremely important part of Bass Coast
Health’s strategy to improve health services
to Phillip Island.
“We are extremely pleased to work with TS
Constructions to deliver this state of the art
facility on time and on budget.
“TS Constructions has an excellent state-
wide and national reputation and bring
significant local skill and expertise – we
couldn’t be more pleased to work with them
on getting this service up and running. ”
In addition to the fantastic building which
now sits very squarely with Trevor and his
team, much work will also be done to ensure
the services offered at the Health Hub will
meet the needs of the Phillip Island commu-
With some community consultation hav-
ing already been undertaken by BCH, more
detailed consultation will continue over the
next 12 months to ensure BCH delivers the
right service profile when the Health Hub
opens its doors in April 2018.
A community consultation group (to be
called the Phillip Island Community Adviso-
ry Group (PICAG)) will work with the board
and the executive team at BCH to develop fu-
The new group will add to the considerable
input that BCH will continue to receive from
other local groups such as Phillip Island
Health & Medical Group (PIMHAG), sporting
clubs, Phillip Island Community & Learning
(PICAL), schools, Probus, Rotary and Lions
clubs, just to name a few.
“This will ensure the collective voice of
Phillip Islanders is brought into decision
making about services that will be delivered
from the Health Hub.”
Also guiding these service options will be
the soon-to-be unveiled sub-regional Clini-
cal Services Plan, which incorporates BCH
and South Gippsland health services in Le-
ongatha, Korumburra and Foster.
This report will focus on key principles
that will enable these health services to ex-
pand services and reduce service gaps whilst
always prioritising safety, quality and capa-
One of the first topics of discussion for the
PICAG will be to brainstorm best practice
models of care that might meet the 24 hour
health needs of Phillip Islanders.
This will include development of services
such as Hospital in the Home (HITH) and
Anyone who would like to be involved in
this next phase of consultation should con-
tact firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone 56713 209.
TS Constructions to build Island Health Hub
The Phillip Island Health Hub is due to open in April 2018.
Artist’s impressions of the Health Hub interior.
CANCER treatment could soon be a new
drawcard for Phillip Island if a proposal for a
major new residential health service gets off the
A major proposal is afoot to build an inter-
national radiation, oncology and chemotherapy
treatment centre, complete with 72-bed luxury
accommodation and possible golf course.
More than a million visitors flock to Phillip
Island each year, with the Penguin Parade and
Grand Prix the iconic events... until now.
It is envisaged that a new medical facility ear-
marked for a block of land on the south side
of the island could draw patients from right
across Asia seeking a serene place for their can-
cer treatment and recovery.
Siemens Healthineers Australia helped con-
vene discussions this week with Federal Health
Minister Greg Hunt, who is also the local mem-
ber, and the groups likely to run the facility, the
Icon Group and GenesisCare.
Peter Spryszynski from Siemens Health-
ineers Australia said "medical tourists" could
help subsidise the cancer treatments of local
He said the tranquil surroundings of the is-
land could compare favourably with conditions
in Beijing and Shanghai.
"The time zone lends itself to being a good
hub for the entire Asian market," he said.
Of course, a large number of jobs would flow
from such a development and there could also
be side developments, possibly even a hospital
for the island, who knows.
Island pitch for
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