On 24 October, 2023, the Victorian Government gave formal approval for Kilmore District Health and Northern Health to unite as an amalgamated service. The new service will officially begin on 1 November 2023.

Under the new structure, Kilmore District Health will become a campus of Northern Health, joining its existing network of services across Craigieburn, Bundoora, Broadmeadows, Epping, Mill Park, Preston and Mernda. While under the Northern Health brand, the service itself will be known as Kilmore District Hospital.

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Primary Catchment Area

Kilmore District Health and Northern Health have been close partners for many decades, sharing similar culture and values. Together, we care for 435,000 Victorians each year.

However, our growing and ageing population means our health services face increasing challenges and complex needs. That’s why now is the time to build on this collaboration to set us up for the future.

Primary catchments of both health services use VIFSA planning boundaries.

Opportunities & Focus Areas

In the short-term, we are looking at how closer ties could support:

Maternity and Paediatrics

Given increasing maternity demand in the catchment, how can we work together to introduce a paediatric outpatient service at Kilmore District Health to provide better care for children closer to home and expand maternity services to give families more choice?

Better community access to specialist services

Together, how can we strengthen our existing partnerships to deliver more connected and specialist services locally like dialysis?


How can we invest in our people, attracting and sustaining a strong medical and clinical workforce? It’s about enhanced training and development opportunities, better support for staff in terms of collaboration, shared resources and broader experience.

Longer term, we must also plan for the services, skills and systems we will need for the future, including:

Urgent and emergency care

How can even closer collaboration ensure communities can access clinicians and services, where and when they need it?

Services closer to home

We must consider how we better serve our communities by increasing access to services at Kilmore District Health, including elective surgery, allied health and community and wellbeing services.

Healthy ageing

A larger, older population with growing chronic conditions increases demand for flexible, person-centred treatment models within communities and in aged care. How can closer ties deliver services that enrich lives?

Mental health

How can we work together to support mental health services needed for the region? We want to identify gaps in the system and find ways to support, grow and connect with current services at Northern Health and in Melbourne’s north.

Equitable access

We’re committed to providing access to the diverse needs of clients, supporting safe, high quality services to all community groups including LGBTQI+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and CALD groups. How can we work together to deliver more services closer to home?

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