Huge thanks to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards who officially opened our new bigger and better Central site in The Mill arcade today.
The site at 165-171 Hargreaves Street allows us to expand our services to support more people in the community, particularly the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Central will soon be home to regional Victoria's first women's reproductive and sexual health hub.
The site also features a men's health clinic, more clinic rooms, specialist counselling rooms and tenant space for the City of Greater Bendigo's child and maternal health services, WesNet and Motor Neurone Disease Victoria.
With ARC Justice just across the arcade their is plenty of potential for partnerships that will benefit the community.
The two organisations are already working together on the successful Health Justice Partnership which sees a lawyer based at the BCHS Kangaroo Flat site two days a week to offer advice and support to consumers facing legal issues.
Maree Edwards officially opened the new sites in front of a good crowd including City of Greater Bendigo councillors James Williams, Yvonne Wrigglesworth and Rod Fyffe.
Bendigo Community Health Services chair Geoff Bowyer opened proceedings and told the crowd about the benefits of the work between BCHS and ARC Justice.
Dja Dja Wrung representative Deb Webster delivered a Welcome to Country talking of the value of culture.
ARC Justice executive officer Hayley Mansfield spoke of the benefits of the new site to her organisation while BCHS CEO Kim Sykes talked about why the new BCHS site would help the organisation support the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
A panel featuring staff from BCHS and ARC Justice gave those in attendance a better understanding of the Health Justice Partnership and how it's benefiting the community.
ARC Justice chair Niall Hensey closed the official opening by talking of the value of the new sites, partnership between BCHS and ARC Justice and thanking everyone for attending.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the official opening and supported both BCHS and ARC Justice in our work to help the community of Bendigo in particular the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
The new BCHS site was fitted out by SAS Construction in just three weeks.