Barossa residents can finally have their say on the future of local health services, with regards to a Barossa hospital.
A press release from SA Health reveals that community engagement for the Barossa Hospital Business Case is "getting underway".
According to Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade, the engagement process, led by the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network, is an opportunity for the community to have their input.
"They (board) are engaging with members of the community, partner organisations and health practitioners to make sure they fully understand the health service values, needs and hopes of Barossa and the surrounding areas."
To be part of the process, two open forums will be run.
Community members can participate in interactive round table discussions about Barossa health services, highlighting what considerations they would like to see in future planning for the region.
"The feedback from the forums, as well as the online consultation, will help to provide valuable information about what services help to support health and wellbeing in the community, services that will be needed in the future, and what people value most about their local health services," Minister Wade said.
Schubert MP Stephan Knoll said the Barossa needed and, most importantly, deserved modern health infrastructure.
"I am excited that we are delivering on our election commitment and now moving into developing a service plan for the region, which will be used to formulate a preferred option for delivering health services in the Barossa," Minister Knoll said.
Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network chief executive officer Rebecca Graham said the first phase of engagement will focus on developing an activity and service profile which will look at the types and capacity of health services needed in the region.
"Discussions will be based around existing services and what services people would like to see in the Barossa in future, as well as giving community members the opportunity to share their health service priorities and values," she said.
"The second phase of engagement will focus on how these services might be provided to meet the demands of a growing population, as well as looking at the costs and benefits of a new hospital.
"The valuable information gathered through the engagement process will be used, along with what we already know about our health services, to shape the overall Barossa Hospital Business Case."
Forums will run at Nuriootpa Soldiers' Memorial Hall - October 23, 6pm-8pm and October 24, 12.30pm-2.30pm.