Big day for community health in the Macedon Ranges

Opening of the SCCH Hub in Kyneton. Pic of (l-r back) Julie Landy, Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas, premier Daniel Andrews, Peter Donlon and Dianne Lever. (L-r front) Margaret McDonald and Riwka Hagen. (Supplied).

Elsie Lange

In November 2019, premier Daniel Andrews and Macedon MP Mary-Anne visited the construction site of the Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health Hub in Kyneton.

This week, they visited again, but this time to announce the completion of the $9.7 million specialised health and wellbeing precinct, in all its glory.

Mr Andrews spoke at the opening on Wednesday, April 13, and said it was the “fantastic outcome” of the government’s $490 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).

“I’m delighted, no one’s ever questioned the quality of the care and commitment of staff across this community health service,” Mr Andrews said.

“Now though, we’ve got facilities that match that care.”

With allied health, counselling, paediatric and family services and e-health technology for clients in remote areas, the hub, located next to the Kyneton District Hospital, offers everything under one roof.

The contemporary building, designed to reflect and respect the beauty of the Macedon Ranges, even holds space for youth and children’s services, and meeting areas for the community.

Ms Thomas said the hub is a “welcome addition” to the area and will give the community the better access they need to health and wellbeing services.

“Patients and staff will benefit hugely from the improved infrastructure and equipment, which will boost services and make access easier,” Ms Thomas said.