New future for health care
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