News 21 April, 2022

Welcome to the latest CBCHS newsletter. This is a very special edition as we have a lot of exciting news to share.

Most notably, as you may already be aware, we recently announced the voluntary amalgamation (VA) of Central Bayside Community Health Services, Connect Health & Community and Star Health following a successful vote at our Annual General Meetings on 31 March.

The decision to voluntarily amalgamate our organisations will provide better health, wellbeing, and support outcomes for people within the inner south, south and southeast suburbs of Melbourne.

As mentioned in previous communications, all services will be maintained, and clients will still be able to access services at the same locations. A benefit of the voluntary amalgamation is the potential for services to be offered in more accessible and convenient locations for our clients.

Recently, we have been working closely with stakeholders to develop a name for the new entity. I would like to thank the clients and staff who took part in recent focus groups to provide input into branding options. A decision on what the new entity will be called is expected before its formal legal establishment in the 2022-23 financial year.

We are excited to progress this work and look forward to keeping you updated on the next steps forward.
Further information and updates can be found at the dedicated website: www.voluntaryamalgamation.com.au. Any questions can be directed to our information line 03 8587 0200 or info@cbchs.org.au

We are also delighted to be commencing an internal renovation project that will breathe new life into our aging Parkdale site thanks to a $2.7 million grant from the State Government’s Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund. We will continue to provide services throughout the works and will be keeping clients and neighbouring residents informed. I encourage you to read the article in this newsletter for more information on this exciting project to benefit the health and wellbeing of our community.

Kind regards,

Deb Stuart