Setting the direction

Health sector themes and directions

The Strategic Plan has been shaped by the characteristics and challenges within the Greater Geelong and regional community. We have developed five Pillars and three enablers to ensure we are able to organise and align our responses to the complex challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Impacts of the six global healthcare trends on Greater Geelong and the wider region:


Impact of shifts in Australian society and health issues on Greater Geelong and the wider region:
1. Economic restructuring and growth
2. A high rate of immigration from a diverse array of countries and circumstances
3. High population growth
4. Population aging
5. Socio-economic inequality.

The region also contains a challenging mix of social and economic factors:

1. Sea change effects
2. Urban growth and associated challenges and expectations
3. Dispersed and isolated communities with issues of access to basic as well as specialised services
4. Rapid growth in new family-orientated communities in and around Geelong
5. The effects of population ageing and the growing burden of chronic illness are increasingly manifest in most areas.

The important drivers that will shape the future development of services at Barwon Health are:

1. Significant changes to the operating environment, including national health reforms and changes to the local private hospitals in Geelong.
2. Substantial increases in future demand resulting from population growth, an escalating burden of disease and the ageing population.
3. Increased consumerism seeking ready access to health information and health services with more personalised medicine, choice and adaption to personal mobile devices.
4. Expectation that health services deliver ever higher safety and effectiveness of care.
5. New approaches to paying for performance and the associated measurement and management implications.
6. Need for greater integration of services, knowledge, and technology to achieve improved health outcomes.
7. Partnerships as a foundation for integrating the continuum of care as it becomes more comprehensive in an effort to respond to the more complex nature of disease.
8. Drawing on the private sector and commercial concepts as sources of capital, modernisation and service growth.

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.