- Existing Business
Ballarat’s health and community services sector is rapidly growing. It is the region’s largest employer, with approximately 9,218 people in the field. Health and community services generates $1.163b in annual output, representing an increase of 82 per cent since 2008 (Source: Remplan 2019).
The city’s health facilities are comprehensive and service the entire region.
Ballarat Health Services (BHS) is the largest hospital in the Grampians region, and as such is the principal referral hospital for an area of 48,000km² which extends from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border. BHS is a total health care provider, delivering a comprehensive range of general and specialist care, across every key medical and healthcare discipline.
In 2018, BHS was allocated $461.9m in the State Budget for an expansion of its Drummond Street hospital site. These works will ensure that a growing population in Ballarat and Western Victoria continues to have access to world class public health services.
Situated adjacent to Ballarat Health Services is St John of God Hospital private hospital, another major health provider for the region and the largest private hospital in regional Victoria. St John of God Hospital owns and operates an emergency department, licensed pharmacy, obstetric services, imaging department and linen service. With the recent development of a new hospital adjacent to the original hospital, St John of God Hospital offers all of the above services in a modern and purpose-built facility.
In 2018 the State Government announced funding for the establishment of the Ballarat Innovation and Research Collaboration for Health (BIRCH). BIRCH is a collaboration between St John of God Ballarat Hospital, Ballarat Health Services and Federation University, and will develop a focal point for research that will then be translated to healthcare practice across the region.
A $55 million Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre also opened in 2013, providing integrated care from early diagnosis through to treatment and recovery for patients throughout Western Victoria.
These world class facilities along with several national universities are the anchors for the new Health and Knowledge Precinct being developed by Council. The world-class integrated health, research, industry and knowledge hub will service the fast-growing demand for high quality and diverse health, allied health and education services.
eHealth has been identified as a sub-sector of the health industry with significant potential to grow the local economy. The City of Ballarat has completed a capability study to understand and detail the strengths of the local eHealth sector.