Approximately 40 invited guest and local community members attended the Hesse Rural Health and Winchelsea Hostel & Nursing Home Society AGM on Thursday 17th November. Hesse Rural Health’s 17th Annual Report was released to the community.
President John Carr outlined a year of significant achievement which included Hesse achieving finalist status in three awards at state and national level. Other items of significance included: the opening of Moriac Community Health facility, a partnership with the Winchelsea and Anglesea Community Bank Branch to provide medical, allied health and health promotion services to the growing Moriac community; international recognition for rural dementia specialist services following a series of presentations; launch of a new website and Hesse receiving full accreditation status with Australian Council on Health care Standards until 2015. Of particular mention was the outstanding success of the Hospital Auxiliary with the opening of their opportunity shop in the old Masonic Lodge at 2 Gosney Street. Since commencing in January the Auxiliary has raised in excess of $50,000 from the shop activities.
Audience members also heard of the 58% growth in employment over the organisation’s last ten years. CEO Peter Birkett reported a small pre-depreciation financial surplus for both Hesse and the Winchelsea Hostel and Nursing Home Society.
Guest speakers for the night were Karen Sjogren and Anita Nilsson, visiting PHD students from Umea University in Sweden. They shared some interesting facts about their homeland as well as outlining some facets of their research into person-centred-care in residential aged and acute services.