Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health building in Macedon Street, Sunbury. Photo / SunburyLife

$150,000 boost for community health

More than $150,00 has been awarded to Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health so it can install solar panels and update dental and kitchen equipment.

The not-for-profit organisation, which has a centre in Macedon St, is run by more than 200 staff and supported by 60 volunteers who help people from Sunbury to beyond the borders of Macedon Ranges Shire to access a range of free and low-cost health, wellbeing, and community services.

Minister for Health Infrastructure Mary-Anne Thomas says the investment, from the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund, means access to dental care at the health centre will be enhanced, and its child and youth service will benefit from modern cooking equipment.

In addition to Sunbury, Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health offers services in Kyneton, Romsey, and Woodend.

The Health Building Authority is currently building a hospital at 7 Macedon St. Managed by Western Health, the Sunbury Community Hospital will be an expansion of the current Sunbury Day Hospital. Completion of the hospital is due this year.

“Sunbury Community Hospital will provide a range of important everyday health services – helping take pressure off nearby major hospitals and allowing more people to manage their health needs closer to home,” says a Victoria Health spokesperson.

“We’re on track to deliver the first stages of the project including urgent care and dialysis spaces in mid-2024, with the remainder of the project on track to be completed this year.”