What we are asking

Extension of the Frankston medical and education precinct to Rosebud:

  • Funding would add value to the hospital facilities already there
  • Provide local opportunities for medical research, training and employment.

What makes this unique

The hub could bring a range of services together, potentially comprising health and aged care, the hospital, and extension of research linked to Monash University.

The Mornington Peninsula lacks tertiary education and training opportunities:

  • Most young people have to leave the Peninsula to access tertiary education
  • There is a lack of professional jobs available to residents on the Peninsula
  • There is a need to diversify our economy
  • We have an ageing population with high health needs.

It will enable existing infrastructure and services in the area (Rosebud Hospital, Monash University, Chisholm TAFE) to be better connected and create synergy.

Extending the Frankston medical and education precinct to Rosebud will provide employment, skills, medical research and specialist services to meet the needs of the Peninsula community, which are also fundamental to the emerging knowledge economy.

It is vital we continue to support our established and emerging industries on the Peninsula, through education training programs and packages. The Peninsula is experiencing a severe workforce shortage in many sectors, including the Construction Industry, Aged Care, Health, Tourism and Hospitality.

The Health and Education sectors are rapidly growing industries. The occupational composition of the Peninsula indicates that the number of professionals exceeds the number of technicians and trade workers. Health care employs the largest number of people of any industry on the Peninsula. However, people that want to work in the sector must leave the area, to access tertiary education, training or undertake research.

Much of the growth in the health sector can be attributed to the increase in the ageing population, which has higher health needs and increasingly requires greater specialisation.

Future medical research will generate local opportunities for commercialisation of products and offer the potential to attract manufacturing and investment to the Peninsula and increase export trade.

Medical precincts are a priority for the Victorian Government and included within the $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria Fund, which will bridge the gap between discovery and commercialisation and mobilise innovation in key areas such as health and life sciences, supporting diversification of the local economy. Funding for medical precincts has already been allocated to Berwick, Frankston, Footscray and Shepparton.

Our Council and Wellbeing Plan 2021 – 2025, which reflects the goals and aspirations of our Community Vision, identifies innovation and diversifying our economy as key priorities.

Strategic theme 2 calls for a robust, innovative and diverse economy

  • Action 2.1.2 is to advocate for additional training and education services and centres of excellence.

Strategic theme 3 calls for a flourishing, healthy and connected community

  • Action 3.3.6 is to advocate for more local services to meet current and future community need.