Health and Knowledge Precinct
City of Ballarat
Ballarat Health Services
St John of God Ballarat
Australian Catholic University Ballarat
Health and Knowledge Precinct
An integrated plan for the development of a Health and Knowledge Precinct will guide future growth and expansion for Ballarat and provide an attractive environment for employees and users. This integrated plan supports Ballarat’s established position as the western region’s largest health services provider.
Ballarat is western Victoria’s largest provider of health care, delivering services for a region of more than 250,000 people. The health and community sector is the largest employer in the region with approximately 6,800 people employed in the field. This figure is expected to rise to 10,300 by 2031.
The sector delivers significant economic benefit with more than $223 million in regional exports and $554 million in value add products and services.
The city’s health facilities are comprehensive however as the population increases and ages, so too will the pressures on Ballarat’s health resources. Significant growth in the health and education professions presents opportunities and challenges for Ballarat’s economy to become more competitive, to grow and diversify.
To cater for an expanding population and ensure health care infrastructure, facilities and services support this rapid growth, Ballarat must look forward and continue to invest in the future. Support and investment from the Victorian Government has enabled the City of Ballarat to collaborate with key health and education sector partners to plan, prepare and address the region’s future health care needs.
Central to Ballarat and the region’s health care goals is an integrated Master Plan. The Master Plan is a formal assessment of the proposed Health and Knowledge Precinct that will guide the creation of new jobs in health, education, knowledge-intensive industries and local services. It will be the catalyst to grow new investment opportunities in the Precinct and help improve connectivity between the Precinct and the CBD.
The area around the Australian Catholic University Aquinas Campus, Ballarat Health Services, St John of God Hospital Ballarat, Ballarat Clarendon College Mair Street Campus and the south-east Lake Wendouree precinct has been identified for growth and is the central focus of the integrated plan.
eHealth has been identified as a sub-sector of the health industry that has significant potential to grow the local economy. An eHealth capability study, completed by City of Ballarat, identified several key opportunities and activities that assist in the continued development of this emerging sector.
A City of Ballarat Master Plan to create a unique, safe and ‘living, recreating and working’ precinct, which will embrace three local health campuses, St John of God Hospital and the Lake Wendouree precinct, to meet population challenges, create jobs and drive economic growth.
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