VOLUNTEERS of the HUB Community Health Centre at Miller say they were frustrated by a meeting with the head of South Western Sydney Local Health District last week.
On Thursday, South Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Amanda Larkin met with a small number of the HUB's volunteers to discuss their concerns.
"All present were reassured that there are no plans to close the service," Ms Larkin said.
"Following a review completed last year, we are exploring ways in which the social and welfare services provided by the HUB can be provided by the non-government sector.
"Interested providers will have the opportunity to demonstrate their capability to deliver a service that meets community needs."
Though she said any decisions would be "undertaken in consultation with community members", Ms Larkin declined to comment on whether the district staff would remain at the site or if their removal would affect the centre's services.
Miller resident and HUB volunteer Eileen Neale said: "Though [Ms Larkin] said they would meet with us again, I don't see any sense to it — they are not listening to us anyway."
"I would love if [NSW Health Minister] Jillian Skinner would come out and see exactly what is going on here."
Liverpool MP Paul Lynch said the meeting last week was "just a charade".
"They knew everything they wanted to do and they were just trying to soft-serve the community," he said.
‘‘The blindly obvious thing about this is this service actually works really well and no one has argued that is doesn’t ... it just doesn’t make any sense.’’
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- The HUB Community Health Centre at Miller, which had been run by the District for more than 15 years, offers support services to local residents suffering from physical and mental health problems and addiction.
- The future of the HUB has been uncertain since December 2014, when NSW Health began considering its privatisation.
- The South Western Sydney Local Health District completed an external consultation phase in March, which explored ways in which the social and welfare services provided by the HUB be better provided by external partners, including the non-government sector.
- The District will then request proposals from NGO’s who are interested in managing the HUB’s services.