Community involved in Waranga Health redevelopment
Published at: 19 Jul 2019
The Waranga Health redevelopment was guided by the local expertise of the Community Reference Group.
Headed up by Clem Furphy, he said the group’s role was to be the conduit between the community and the organisation, making sure the community’s needs were understood.
Speaking at the farewell to Waranga Memorial Hospital, Mr Furphy said the co-location of Rushworth’s health facilities onto one site was an idea that was not new.
“The co-location of this hospital and nursing home down to the hostel site was first talked about over 17 years ago,” he said.
“At that time, it was recognised that there were great efficiencies to be gained and improvements in the care if we could co-locate and have everyone under the one roof.
“Governments of both persuasions agreed it should happen but it’s hard to be noticed in a safe seat.
“There were many master plans and reviews done but it never seemed to happen.
“I must admit, I thought I might end up dying here as well before it did; however the good news is, as we all know now, it did happen, it has happened.”
Mr Furphy was joined by fellow Community Reference Group members Elizabeth Perry, Marie Wycisk and John Barnett and thanked them for their service, in particular Ms Perry who had been involved the entire way.
“She has been a passionate follower of everything that has happened through the life of this place,” he said.
And with the redevelopment process now almost completed, Mr Furphy said they were still looking for new members to join their small band.