The Boards of Management of Otway Health and Lorne Community Hospital have now formally committed to exploring further opportunities for sharing of resources and potential partnership in new health initiatives.

This would build on a strong recent history of successful collaboration between the health services such as our current shared CEO, social worker and project officer, post-bushfire mental health services in Wye River and Separation Creek, and common involvement in a grant to support chronic illness.

The communities of Apollo Bay and Lorne belong to isolated coastal villages on a busy tourist route with extreme seasonal population shifts and as a result, face similar challenges relating to accessibility and range of services available, and sustainability of highly qualified staff.

The Boards are optimistic that a considered review of the two health services will reveal opportunities for future-proofing services through robust sustainability initiatives, and an increased range of services available to both communities.

An independent report will be used to ensure the review is objective in identifying opportunities and making recommendations.

Both Boards are committed to transparency and openness with their communities and if the review is encouraging about areas of collaboration then the input of both communities will be sought.

To learn more and to ask questions please contact:

Otway Health
Phone: (03) 5237 8500

Lorne Community Hospital
Phone: (03) 5289 4361

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