Global trends, local action

In line with the global transition to a service and knowledge-driven economy, Health and Social Assistance is now Loddon Mallee’s largest employment sector. Projections suggest the industry will continue as the highest job-growth area for the region.

Grow our own

There’s strong advocacy for health education, plus established links between health and education in the region. La Trobe University’s Rural Health School is the largest rural health school in Australia. Alumni data demonstrates that people who train rurally and regionally stay in rural and regional communities.

Unprecedented demand

Pandemic-induced migration from Melbourne, coupled with a larger share of young people choosing to remain rural or regional increases demand for services. The region’s calling for more investment in the Health and Social Assistance sector to keep up with need. A more affordable and balanced lifestyle awaits.

The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

Home to Bendigo Hospital, which completed a $630M redevelopment in 2018 to become one of the most sustainable and advanced regional hospitals in Australia. Bendigo Health has embraced the IoMT, trialing remote patient-monitoring devices, allowing patients to remain in their homes while wearing vital tracking wearables.


The health sector is a vital and expanding area of economic activity for the Loddon Campaspe region and a highly significant employer. Health services are critical to maintaining wellbeing and participation of our diverse population. The Loddon Campapse Health Sector Skills and Pathway Roadmap will ensure that our region can stay ahead of the predicted large demand for health workers. Through the partnership of regional health services and educators there is now a comprehensive and practical set of actions identified to align efforts for a regional learning system. Find out more here.


Health and Social Assistance highlights

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Loddon Campaspe Health Sector Roadmap

SourceVictorian State Government

The Health Sector Skills and Pathways Road Map outlines focus areas to address the health sector’s skills pathway challenges and opportunities in Loddon Campaspe – the southern half of the Loddon Mallee region.