Community health services consider merger

BENDIGO Community Health Services and Cobaw Community Health could merge.

The non-for-profit organisations, which both offer a range of primary and community health services, have entered into negotiations to consider a possible merger. 

Cobaw Community Health chief executive Anne McLennan said the organisations were exploring the possibility of joining together to ensure both services adapted to the changing needs of the community. 

"We see this is a moment of great opportunity – for our services and programs, and our staff," she said. 

Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive officer Kim Sykes said the organisations had worked together on several initiatives over the years and shared similar values, ways of working and a commitment to local, place-based responses to community needs. 

"We believe we can achieve even more by formally coming together and our boards have commenced due diligence processes to inform future recommendations," she said. 

Discussions are set to continue, with the best interests and needs of the community the main priority. 

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