The City of Melton is located in the outer western Melbourne growth corridor and is one of Australia’s fastest growing municipalities.
Between 2006 and 2011, the City’s residential population grew at approximately 7% per annum, resulting in an additional 30,349 people making Melton their home. This was around five times that of Australia’s and Victoria’s population growth for the same period.
Given this data, in 2013, a community health plan was completed which identified the needs for the City of Melton and concluded, amongst other things, alcohol and other drug services. The Department of Health and Human Services invited Odyssey House to partner with them in the development of a multi-service hub. The hub will promote the health and well-being of Melton and surrounding communities using an integrated model of care by multiple service providers. That was 3 years ago, and recently an agreement was signed by Odyssey House Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services and Djerriwarrh Health Services (who will be the lead agency in the purpose-built premises).
The new hub will embrace the principles of service integration, coordination and collaboration that will lead to improved access to local services, more frequent and consistent early intervention, and better coordination of care across the service system. The model used will be a client focused one where service providers will work together to provide the client with a broad range of health, well-being and community services that are consistent with their needs. Construction of the new Health Hub will commence next year following a tender process with completion expected to be towards the end of 2018.