A new community hospital for Craigieburn is a step closer, with local families contributing to the services it will provide.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced Member for Yuroke Ros Spence will chair the Craigieburn Community Consultation Committee, which will give the community a say over the future of the hospital.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $675 million to build or upgrade 10 new community hospitals close to major growth areas in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend.

Community Consultation Committees are being established so carers, patients, families and volunteers can work with health service providers to ensure each hospital meets the particular needs of locals.

Northern Health will manage the Craigieburn hospital which will offer services including general medical, pathology and imaging, community mental health and alcohol and drug services.

It will improve access to specialist services like day surgery, chemotherapy, chronic disease management and public dental. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and finish by 2024.

The Craigieburn Community Hospital will operate in partnership with local community health services. It will connect a range of health and human services under one roof.

The Craigieburn Community Consultation Committee will include approximately 15 representatives from the local community as well as key organisations such as local councils and health services providers.

The EOI process to sit on the Committee will open in the coming weeks.

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