Time is running out to have your say on the future of health treatment and hospitals in the Moorabool and Melton regions.

A community survey closes at 11.59pm tonight (Tuesday) to explore the pros and cons of a voluntary amalgamation of the Djerriwarrh Health Service – which covers Bacchus Marsh and Melton – and Western Health, which included the Footscray and Sunshine hospitals.

People taking part in the survey will be asked about health priorities for the community – for example, whether mental health services or access to medical specialists is more important to you than an urgent care department.

The short survey gives locals the opportunity to add comments as they go – if they wish.

Participants are also asked about issues such as career progression for health workers in any amalgamated service.

If you don’t get the chance to have your say, you can still send input by emailing info@betterhealthforthewest.com.au

During the 2018-19 financial year, Djerriwarrh Health booked 67,575 outpatient appointments, undertook 3448 surgeries, carried out 7166 dialysis sessions and saw 20,421 cases pass through its urgent care department, as well as the birth of 553 babies.

Djerriwarrh Health employs more than 700 staff, making it one of the largest employers in the Moorabool and Melton region.

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