Berwick Integrated Care

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health, and it concerns Berwick Integrated Care. The action I seek is that the minister visit Berwick Integrated Care to see firsthand the fantastic work it does for many local residents and their families. Just recently I had the great pleasure of turning the first sod for the new $120 million St John of God Berwick Hospital. Together with the Andrews Labor government’s expansion of Casey Hospital, this new hospital means that local residents will soon have access to the very best care right on their doorstep — just like the care that can be found at the recently established Berwick Integrated Care, which is just opposite Casey Hospital and adjacent to the site of the new St John of God Berwick Hospital.

Berwick Integrated Care offers patients a one-stop shop through its specialist clinics, which include breast and endocrine, upper gastrointestinal, diabetic rapid assessment, menopause, hernia, colorectal, pelvic floor and gynaecological, and oncology. These clinics all have surgeons, physicians, oncologists, specialist nurses and allied health professionals attending at the same time, and this allows patients to receive the care they need in one place and at one time. They can meet with one or several specialists and undertake the treatment they need right there and then, instead of having to meet with multiple specialists at different times and at different locations, saving them time, stress and of course money — a holistic approach to patient care. It is to be applauded.

A good friend of everyone in my office, Pam Mamouney, recently visited the centre to meet with one of its fantastic specialists. They spoke for over an hour, and Pam remarked, ‘He was just so very informative and caring’. There is no doubt that Pam is in good hands, and I hope she makes a speedy recovery.

I know that the chairman, Leigh Reeves, and his team at Berwick Integrated Care are doing an exceptional job for those in need of care in our local community — a community that continues to grow, with countless families making it their home each and every year. They deserve to have access to the very best health care closer to home. With the expansion of Casey Hospital and the new St John of God Berwick Hospital, we are building them the highest quality health precinct — a precinct that will ensure they receive the care they need, with their families right by their side. This has only been possible through the work of our indefatigable Minister for Health, and I do hope that she will join me in visiting the outstanding team at Berwick Integrated Care.