About Us

Hesse Rural Health Service was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of Beeac and District Hospital, Leigh Community Care Centre and the Winchelsea and District Hospital.  Hesse has developed into a key integrated rural health-care service.

Hesse is committed to leading health and wellbeing by providing best practice health, aged care and community services to enable the wellbeing of our community. At the heart of Hesse is our staff, with person-centred care for all stakeholders being central to all decision-making. As an innovative rural health service, Hesse provides acute, aged and community based services across parts of the municipalities of Colac Otway, Golden Plains and the Surf Coast. Hesse partners with the Winchelsea Hostel and Nursing Home Society Inc., a not-for-profit entity and Commonwealth Residential Aged Care Service (RACS) provider, whose charter it is to plan, provide and develop appropriate services for the local community.

Hesse proudly operates our health service on the lands and waters of the Kulin and Eastern Maar Nations. Hesse Rural Health is committed to closing the ongoing health gap that still exists between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non- Indigenous Australians. Participation, access and engagement in all aspects of our health service will be equitable, collaboratively supportive and culturally appropriate.