Labor will Invest in the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub

A Shorten Labor Government will improve health services in the Castlemaine region with a $5 million investment in the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub, assisting Castlemaine District Community Health. 

This election is a choice between better health and hospitals under a united Shorten Labor Government, versus more cuts and chaos under Scott Morrison and the Liberals.  

Labor’s $5 million investment will help construct a new, purpose-built facility for community services and a new hospital. New council facilities will also be included in a shared space.

This would enable Castlemaine District Community Health (CDCH) to implement a more holistic approach to health across the area, and develop a collaborative approach to ongoing community engagement.

Castlemaine District Community Health (CDCH) will play a vital role in leadership around integrated chronic disease management and preventive health in the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Partnership.

This announcement is part of Labor’s wider commitment to invest $40 million to upgrade Community Health Centres across Victoria, with a particular focus on rapidly growing areas.

Community Health Centres are an important part of Victoria’s healthcare system, and often serve as the first port of call for Victorians who need care.

They deliver services from primary health care to social work support, as well as programs targeted towards their local communities.

Built over the decades, many of these centres are now constrained by ageing, ill-suited buildings which struggle to keep up with demand – despite the hard work of staff.

Community Health Centres have no regular source of capital funding, meaning there is rarely money to upgrade existing facilities or build new ones.

That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will establish a $40 million Community Health Renewal Fund, ensuring these centres can make the upgrades they need to continue providing services in local communities like Castlemaine.

This investment is part of Labor’s Fair Go Action Plan to improve Australia’s health care and strengthen Medicare.

In contrast, the Liberals’ cuts are driving up out-of-pocket costs and forcing 1.3 million Australians a year to delay or avoid essential health care.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better hospitals and better schools, or Liberal cuts to hospitals and schools to fund bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town.

After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for all Australians.