THE ROUSE HILL COMMUNITY

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Rouse Hill is a major centre for the North West Growth Area, which  straddles both Blacktown and The Hills Shire local government areas (LGAs).

In 2021, the Rouse Hill population, which includes residents of The Hills Shire and the northern part of Blacktown Local Government Area, was approximately 337,350 people, and is projected to increase to more than 550,00 people by 2036.

On a personal level, Rouse Hill is a relatively tight-knit community that is passionate about the area and ensuring the people have access to the facilities and services they deserve. None more important that a new public hospital.

When compared to other areas of western and northwestern Sydney, the health needs of the Rouse Hill community vary. People generally experience lower rates of chronic disease, but increased hospitalisation rates for certain types of cancer (breast, melanoma, and prostate), as well as heart disease.

To ensure we build a facility that delivers leading health care for the community, the Rouse Hill project team engaged the Australian Institute of Health and Innovation (AIHI) at Macquarie University to undertake a research project. Consulting with local residents and health providers, the research team sought different types of evidenced based service delivery for the new hospital.

The research findings suggested that the Rouse Hill hospital should:
- Provide tertiary, primary and community integrated care
- Be delivered by multidisciplinary teams
- Be supported by full integrated and interoperable ICT systems
- Work as part of a WSLHD networked health service
- Supplement or be complemented by satellite virtual and Hospital in the Home (HITH) models.

The AIHI findings also recommended that care should be flexible, safe, and delivered via blended models that keep patients out of the formal hospital, where possible.

Building on AIHI’s findings, the project team in partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is undertaking further workshops and consultations to plan the new hospital and service. This is including clinicians, managers and representatives from the Western Sydney Primary Health Network and general practice. Their vision is that Rouse Hill Hospital, will be closely networked with all WSLHD’s services, especially Blacktown and Westmead hospitals and 'Integrated and Community Health’s inTouch' service.

For the local residents, the new hospital will be their gateway to the healthcare services that they will require, including the District’s specialist tertiary and quaternary services. GPs will also be part of the Rouse Hill hospital workforce working across all services. The models of care and service delivery modes will have a greater focus on virtual and digitally enabled care in non-hospital facilities, including in the homes of Rouse Hill residents.

 

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