Lunch meeting with state Health Minister Jill Hennessy
Thursday 19 July 2018 Committee for Greater Frankston chief executive Ginevra Hosking joined about 20 guests at a lunch hosted by Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy in Melbourne on Thursday 19 July. Among the guests from the southeast were Sonya Kilkenny (MP for Carrum), Gabrielle Williams (MP for Dandenong), and Labor’s candidate for Cranbourne, Pauline Richards (long-time MP Jude Perera is retiring).
Ms Hennessy told guests the state government was investing in Australia’s first heart hospital (due to open in 2022) and the Victorian Cancer Agency as part of driving innovation in healthcare.
“Ms Hennessy said she had been well briefed about the proposed Frankston Hospital redevelopment as well as Peninsula Health and Monash University’s ambition to create aworld-leading medical research and education precinct at Frankston,” Ms Hosking said. “The minister said ‘this was the type of hospital–education development we want to do’.” “Similarly to Premier Daniel Andrews’ statement at our business brunch on 27 June that hinted at his government’s support for the project, Ms Hennessy said ‘watch this space’.”
After the meeting, Ms Hosking reiterated the Committee for Greater Frankston’s support for the project. “A redeveloped hospital will be a vital investment for both the healthcare of the community as well as future economic prosperity and jobs growth in the region. This is a unique opportunity to advance our health research sector by attracting and training a new generation of health professionals and generating jobs growth 2.5 times the national average,” she said. Ms Hosking said the latest artist’s impressions of the proposed hospital looked fantastic. See them at: www.peninsulahealth.org.au/boldnewvision/
She said 1000 jobs would be created during construction and the new facility would need up to 500 healthcare professionals, many of whom would be involved in crucial research in the fields of diabetes management, chronic disease, mental health, and treatment of addiction and social disadvantage.
“There will be dedicated wards for oncology, for women and children, and for mental health patients so we can treat people locally.” Ms Hosking invited the minister to visit Frankston and address a public meeting about “your government’s support of the proposed redevelopment and its place in the growth of a leading medical research and education precinct in Frankston”.
L-R: Labor’s candidate for Cranbourne Pauline Richards, Ginevra Hosking and Sonya Kilkenny (MP for Carrum) after the meeting with Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.