New fu­ture for health care

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Nagam­bie Health­Care is mak­ing di­verse changes to their aged care, com­mu­nity care and sub­a­cute care pro­grams, and they are plan­ning a new fu­ture for the fa­cil­i­ties and their units at 2 Vale St, be­hind the RSL and li­brary.

The north­ern end of town is boom­ing with the con­struc­tion of many new houses, and Nagam­bie Health­care is work­ing with Strath­bo­gie Shire, Nagam­bie Se­nior Cit­i­zens and Nagam­bie RSL to bring to fruition a com­mu­nity hub at that end of town.

‘‘The Nagam­bie Health­Care Board has a core un­der­stand­ing of the needs and ex­pec­ta­tions of the com­mu­nity, and to en­sure that our res­i­dents, pa­tients and com­mu­nity clients re­ceive high qual­ity care, the board has made some coura­geous de­ci­sions re­gard­ing or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture and off­set­ting costs,’’ Nagam­bie Health­care chief ex­ec­u­tive Bron­wyn Bea­dle said.

‘‘The Board also has a fo­cus on en­sur­ing gov­er­nance in line with best prac­tice and at their re­cent an­nual meeting, the board and mem­bers en­dorsed a re­duc­tion in Board mem­bers from 12 to eight. They have worked well to­gether in ac­cor­dance to new gov­er­nances by the govern­ment to achieve ex­cel­lent pro­vi­sion for the com­mu­nity.’’

It’s been nearly five years since Nagam­bie Health­Care held a strate­gic plan­ning day, and Ms Bea­dle has been ac­tively im­ple­ment­ing var­i­ous projects for Nagam­bie Health­Care’s aged care and com­mu­nity ser­vices.

This has in­cluded hos­tel ren­o­va­tions and room ad­di­tions, land­scap­ing, open days and de­vel­op­ment of plans for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the acute care rooms in the hospi­tal wing.

‘‘The first fo­cus of Nagam­bie Health­Care will be their new 12-bed hospi­tal wing, tak­ing

Changes: Nagam­bie Health­Care chief ex­ec­u­tive Bron­wyn Bea­dle shows off the new plans for the prop­erty at 2 Vale St, Nagam­bie.

rooms that are 89 years old and bring­ing them up to cur­rent day stan­dards,’’ Ms Bea­dle said.

The new rooms will be built on the west side of the hospi­tal and in the car­port area, and there will be a new en­trance.

‘‘We are also ap­ply­ing for Com­mon­wealth in­fra­struc­ture grants to re­fur­bish Kir­wan Wing’s bath­rooms, and en­large rooms in Goul­burn Wing,’’ she said.

The sale of the units in Vale St to Nagam­bie Health­Care was com­pleted ear­lier this year.

‘‘The Vale St Nagam­bie Sup­ported Liv­ing com­mu­nity project was planned by Nagam­bie Health­Care, sup­ported by the Shire, RSL, and Se­nior Cit­i­zens, and the de­vel­op­ment is vi­tal,’’ Ms Bea­dle said.

‘‘In the new plans for the land around the ex­ist­ing units in Vale St will be pro­vi­sion for eight more units, a com­mu­nity gar­den, a civic plaza for com­mu­nity gath­er­ings, and a new use for the Tri-Star med­i­cal clinic as a hub for com­mu­nity care ser­vices which are grow­ing so much now.’’

Ms Bea­dle hopes that a ru­ral outreach ser­vice to as­sist peo­ple in cri­sis, be­cause of the drought, will in­clude a level of coun­selling and as­sis­tance ser­vices from there.

‘‘Ma­jor fundrais­ing ef­forts have been held over 2018 to as­sist the build­ing project. State Govern­ment grants have not been forth­com­ing to sup­port Nagam­bie Health­Care, so they are madly fundrais­ing to fund their projects for the fu­ture,’’ she said.

Buy-a-Brick do­na­tions are be­ing wel­comed — a wall with the bricks on the fa­cade will show that the rooms were built with com­mu­nity funds.

Nagam­bie Health­Care’s fundrais­ing has been sup­ported by a rock ’n’ roll ball, golf day, and the funds raised from their op shop Miss Rod­ways.

The next fundraiser is Christ­mas drinks at Jo and Tim Goodacre’s Hel­ve­tia prop­erty on De­cem­ber 8, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Tick­ets can be bought from the Nagam­bie Health­Care of­fice, the Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary mem­bers of Miss Rod­way’s Shop.”

Award for ser­vice ex­cel­lence

Nagam­bie Health­care re­ceived the 2018 Tri State, Lead­ing Aged Care Ser­vices of Aus­tralia (LASA) award on Fe­bru­ary 5.

The provider was nom­i­nated for the awards and reached the short list in Oc­to­ber 2017 and is now one of 16 fi­nal­ists for the in­au­gu­ral na­tional awards.

Ms Bea­dle rep­re­sented Nagam­bie Health­Care as one of the state fi­nal­ists at the Na­tional Lead­ing Aged Care Ser­vices Aus­tralia (LASA) Age Ser­vices awards at the Ade­laide Con­ven­tion cen­tre yes­ter­day.

LASA is the na­tional peak body for aged care providers.

The LASA Ex­cel­lence in Age Ser­vices awards cover Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia and South Aus­tralia, for aged care ser­vices across res­i­den­tial care, home care and re­tire­ment liv­ing. .

This award recog­nises an aged care ser­vices provider which has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to care and ser­vices de­vel­op­ment or pro­vi­sion of high level sup­port to the aged by demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship, in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence.

— Diane Grant

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