On 19th September 2000, Mildura Base Hospital was taken over by a private company.
On 15th September 2020 - almost 20 years later, to the day - we took it back.
After years of advocacy, we’re happy to announce that the epi-centre of our local healthcare system has been placed back into public management.
Our new hospital will enjoy a pivot away from a management driven by profit making, to one driven by patient care – 20 years after the failed privatisation experiment imposed on us by the Kennett Government.
A truly public, community and patient-centred hospital is here. To stay.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The path to privatisation and back to public management was a long and arduous one, spanning over 20 years.
Scroll through our timeline to see how it happened, and the people who fought along the away.
Many are closed.
Contract signed with Ramsay Health Care to operate Mildura Base Hospital until 2015. Building to be constructed and owned by Motor Trades Association.
Government refuses request.
Warns community of the upcoming government decision to renew the Ramsay contract.
Begins campaign for the return of Mildura Base Hospital to public hands.
700 community members vote unanimously to end failed privatisation experiment.
Cancer patient Ilona Legin delivers powerful story about her adverse experiences at Mildura Base Hospital.
Victorian Premier and Health Minister visit Mildura to announce the return of Mildura Base Hospital to public hands.
Victoria’s only privatised, for-profit, public hospital returned to public hands after an epic community fight. Ramsay Health Care leaves the building.