March 8, 2017
The link below is to an article, written by PIMHAG Secretary, Linda Marston and published in the Advertiser and the Sentinel Times.
An introductory note from Peter Paul, PIMHAG President, states
PIMHAG will continue to advocate for better services and factilities for the Bass Coast at both the Wonthaggi Hospital and the Medical Hub in Cowes. Together we can succeed and make a substantial difference. We know it is priority number One for residents and Governments must act accordingly.
Please click on the link below to read the full article. Any comments are welcomed on our Face Book page.
The President of PIMHAG, Peter Paul recently updated the Phillip Island community on the development of the new Medical Hub. Here is the latest information and pictures of the current plans.
The Medical & Health Hub is scheduled to commence building in late April this year, and is expected to be completed by April 2018. The cost of the building is $5.8million, and Bass Coast Shire have provided the land under a peppercorn lease agreement. Bass Coast Health, with the support of PIMHAG, will conduct an extensive community consultative program, with a focus on what services should be provided from the Hub, both immediately and in the longer term. This will take place after the long awaited release in late March of the Clinical Services Review. The Hub will continue to be developed in the interests of our community, by Bass Coast Health and PIMHAG, who share the same goal of increasing services to Phillip Island. If you have the opportunity, we would appreciate you completing the PIMHAG survey on our website, and visiting us on facebook. Our website address is pimhag.com. For further information, contact the Secretary of PIMHAG, Linda Marston, on ph. 0428344726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you have been enjoying the holiday season and that you have had a good rest before returning to work.
PIMHAG volunteers have been very busy over the Christmas period and into the new year, meeting and greeting locals and visitors on the street. We would like to thank the Newsagent and Coles supermarket for supporting us by allowing us to set up at their premises. During our consultations, we have handed out hundreds of Medical and Health Requirement surveys, increased our membership more than five fold and received very generous donations so that we can continue our fight for better medical and health facilities and services.
If you haven’t already done so, we would be very grateful if you would complete the survey right here on our website. The more voices we have, the stronger we become.
At 50 – 54 Church Street, Cowes, you can now see the sign alerting you that this is the site for the new Medical Hub. The building is due to commence early this year, with completion due in April, 2018, in time for Phillip Island’s 150th birthday celebrations. PIMHAG is working very closely with Bass Coast Health to make sure that the services that will be available in the Hub are not just duplicating what we already have but will meet additional needs of islanders and visitors. We are, of course, also working together to push for the very urgently needed upgrade to the Wonthaggi Hospital.
In the past couple of weeks, articles written by the PIMHAG President, Peter Paul, have appeared in the Phillip Island San Remo Advertiser. The latest one is entitled ‘The Fight for Fair’ in which Peter asks the question ‘Why are we so different?’ as he explores the inequity in the provision of medical and health facilities in Victorian towns. You can also read the article on our Facebook page.