DUNMUNKLE Health Services’ future will be decided before the end of October.
Chief executive Chris Scott said the service’s steering committee met on Wednesday to discuss a draft report on the service’s future direction.
“It has gone through an editing process,” he said
Mr Scott said adjustments would be made in the next fortnight.
“Then the board will receive a finalised report,” he said.
“They will consider the findings of the report, in collaboration with the Department of Health, and make some definitive decisions.”
Mr Scott said he was not expecting anything firm from the board until its next meeting, due in late October.
“It might not even materialise then – there might be a case of further collaboration with the department on determining a strategic process to move the organisation forward,” he said.
The entire health service has been subject to review, aimed at ensuring a financially viable future.
Plans for Stonehaven Nursing Home at Rupanyup attracted the most community feedback at consultations in Rupanyup, Minyip and Murtoa.
Board chairman Lloyd Milgate said the ageing 23-bed aged care home had been short-listed for an upgrade several years ago. But it never eventuated.
Rupanyup residents expressed their concerns for Stonehaven’s future at a Yarriambiack Shire Council meeting earlier this month.
Many believed the community consultations with Dunmunkle Health Services reviewers had been negative.
They vowed to fight for Stonehaven’s survival.
But Mr Scott said their concerns were premature.
He said he could not detail contents of the draft report.
“All I can say is there are a variety of matters that need to be considered,” he said.
“There are a host of positives within the report, but it’s really about being able to align our services with the needs of the community and our financial capacity to deliver.”
He said the community had given strong feedback on what they felt to be important, which would shape the final report.
“It will be a case of having a look at all those recommendations and seeing what is best,” Mr Scott said.
He said the board’s decisions would also be shaped by its finances.
Dunmunkle Health Services had a budget of about $5.2 million last financial year.
Mr Scott expected it would be slightly larger this financial year, to account for an increased consumer price index.
Dunmunkle Health Services comprises three campuses – a medical centre at Murtoa, community health centre at Minyip and hospital-nursing home at Rupanyup.