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 traditional lands of both the Kulin Nation and Eastern Maar Nations.

Our Vision: Leading health & wellbeing for our community

Our Mission: To provide best practice health, aged care & community services to enable the wellbeing of our community

IICARE Values:

  • Innovation – embracing new ideas that lead to success
  • Integrity – be open honest and do the right thing for the right reason
  • Caring – displaying kindness and empathy
  • Accountable – taking responsibility for our own actions
  • Respect – value the rights and wishes of others
  • Excellence – committed to being the best

A broad range of services include: Aged Residential, Acute Hospital, Emergency, Community Health, Home Nursing, Medical, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care.

Chelsea Lodge hostel is a separate community entity formed in 1986 and registered with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing as the Winchelsea Hostel and Nursing Home Society Inc.

The Heart of Hesse

Nature and range of Services             

Acute Care Winchelsea – Residential Aged Care Services

  • Dementia Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Residential Care
  • Respite

Urgent Care Service Winchelsea – Social Support Groups

  • Beeac
  • Winchelsea Allied Health
  • Diabetes Education
  • Dietetics
  • Counselling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy

Community Nursing

  • District Nursing
  • Postnatal Care in Home
  • Hospital in Home
  • Palliative Care
  • Post-Acute Care Community Programs
  • Facilitated Play Groups
  • Men’s Shed
  • Social Connect Activities
  • Community Garden