KDHS is in good health

December 06, 2017

Wendy Pogue, Kylie Smith and Beverley Hunt received awards for their long service at KDHS.

KYABRAM District Health Services is on track — and growing.

The service recently held its annual general meeting, outlining developments in the 2016-2017 financial year.

Following a Welcome to Country by Yorta Yorta elder Lance James, retiring chair Geoffrey Cootes opened the meeting.

After announcing former vice chair Nicole Ryan would be taking his place as chair, Mr Cootes began the meeting by lauding the service’s continued dedication to core values of empathy, community and wellbeing.

‘‘KDHS has continued to meet the health care needs and service demands of the community through the provision of effective and high quality health services that achieve broad and effective health outcomes for our catchment community,’’ he said.

Mr Cootes reviewed the health service’s developments throughout the past financial year, which included:

■ The completion of the Room 12 suite and garden area, the Cancer Care Centre gardens and the purchase of a house for future on-call medical support.

■ The continued growth of the Cancer Centre, which provided more than 70 occasions of service in the reporting period.

■ Increased activity in community- and home-based care services through increased referrals and reduced waiting times.

■ The seamless transition of the Campaspe Early Childhood Intervention Service to the National Disability Support Scheme (NDIS).

■ The development of the Geri-Connect, a teleconsulting service providing regular specialist geriatric review and support to residents of Sheridan.

■ The recruitment of an Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer to better address health needs of the local aboriginal community.

KDHS farewelled three key board members, Adam Basile, Jean Courtney and Maureen Atkins, who have served for a combined 38 years.

The service also acknowledged the passing of life governor Sid Muir-Smith who volunteered on the board for 13 years, retiring in 1998.

A number of long-serving staff members were also acknowledged at the AGM, with Wendy Pogue (10 years), Kylie Smith (20 years) and Beverley Hunt (20 years) present to receive awards.

Paul Jackson, chair of the corporate governance committee, announced the organisation is performing better than anticipated.

“The result in the current year was a surplus of $268,510, which was up on our original budget of $198,200,” he said.

“A grant of $658,544 just before the year’s end for the new Acute Nursing Hub and Urgent Care redevelopment was a major contributor to strong cash-flow growth. These funds are yet to be spent.

“We are excited by the service development and expansion opportunities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with our early childhood intervention team expanding their support into schools throughout the region.”

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