Health Minister Kim Hames has announced the appointees to the community reference group to help guide the development of the $117.9million Busselton Health Campus.
The group includes two Busselton residents, a local environment group member and local service providers.
Dr Hames said the group would provide for the exchange of information between the community, local government, State Government and Busselton Health Campus project team.
“It will facilitate the communication of accurate, timely and balanced information about the project and allow the members to provide input into the consultation and communication process,” he said.
“This group is not a decision making body but the members will be able to provide input so that the community gets the maximum benefit from the new health campus.
“A Ministerial representative on the group will ensure a direct flow of information to and from the State Government."
Grace Ley, the regional director for the WA Country Health Service South West will chair the reference group.
A $40.5million funding boost from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions fund announced in December increased the facility to meet the health needs of locals and visitors to the region for many years to come.
The additional funding will provide extra clinical capacity resulting in the new hospital having 80 overnight and same day beds.
There will be a renal dialysis unit, two new theatres and a procedure room, an expanded medical imaging department and pathology service.
In addition, the community health centre will be incorporated into the new facility and the community mental health clinic will be relocated to the campus.
Construction is expected to start on the new facility in mid-2012 and it will be completed in 2014.
· South West regional director of the WACHS, Grace Ley (chair)
· Busselton Chamber of Commerce and Industry representative, Doug Horsford
· Shire of Busselton representative, Naomi Searle
· South West Development Commission representative, Don Punch
· GP Down South chief executive officer, Mrs Yvonne Robinson
· Busselton Hospital Medical Advisory Committee representative, Dr Andrew Lill
· Naturaliste District Health Advisory Council chair, Liz Jones
· South West Aboriginal Medical Service representative, Quenten Jackson
· Silver Chain Senior Care coordinator, Julia Carrico
· St John Ambulance representative, Derek Snowdon
· Gene Hardy from Geocatch - representing local environmental groups
· Coastal Hospitals operations manager from the WACHS, Rory Stemp
· Busselton Health Campus Project Team representative, Kate Clarke
· Community representative, Lisa Shreeve
· Community representative, Holly Creena
· David Barton, representing the Minister for Health.