Have your say on Latrobe health zone

The community has an opportunity to raise its voice about priorities for health and wellbeing in the region to guide the future of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone.

The Department of Health and Human Services has appointed Federation University Australia to work with the community to develop a charter for the health zone, and Deloitte to conduct ongoing collaborative evaluation of the health zone’s effectiveness.

FedUni researchers said the community was welcome to attend a series of workshops to provide input into the charter, which would guide the decisions made by the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone.

“[The charter] will be … there to guide in the long-term decision-making, not just what’s happening now,” Ainsley James said.

The state government committed to establish a health zone in the Latrobe Valley following recommendations of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry and to establish the Latrobe Health Assembly to oversee its development.

Dr James said the Moe and Churchill community workshops had so far been well received.

“There was a lot of robust discussion and a lot of great discussion coming from the community on what the charter should look like and how the evaluation should be created,” she said.

The next workshop will be on Tuesday, 10 October at The VRI hall, Traralgon from 5.30pm to 8.30pm, and the following will be on Tuesday, 24 October at Lifeline Gippsland, Morwell from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Visit the ‘Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Evaluation’ Facebook page for more information, and follow the events links for online registration.