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21 Barclay Street, Heywood, VIC, 3304

Full steam ahead for Heywood Rural Health

HRH held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 28 November and reported for the 2022-2023 financial year another busy year for HRH.

The HRH Board of Directors presented a positive outlook for the health service with quite a few big things completed over the year.

During the financial year the Board developed and endorsed the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and the Master Plan which is the first one HRH has had for 21 Barclay Street.

On top of that it has been pleasing to receive a three-year accreditation for the Acute Hospital and Urgent Care, Residential Aged Care and GP Clinic. An enormous amount of work has gone in to preparing for all three accreditations and is a wonderful achievement for all staff involved.

HRH returned a good result in the Victorian Public Sector ‘People Matter’ survey, in the top 10% of a group of similar health services for 31 of the survey responses.

The financial position of HRH was very strong, returning a surplus of $15,000 – it’s fourth successive year in the black.

The Board wisely invested in it’s assets and infrastructure, with over $700,000 of reserves now invested in improving the infrastructure of HRH. That includes $200,000 into resident room upgrades, $152,018 into heating and ventilation upgrades, $71,500 of new kitchen equipment and minor building upgrades and $34,325 towards a new roof safety system.

With 77.54 full time equivalent staff, HRH have kept workforce numbers very close to the previous year in a challenging environment for regional health services to retain staff.

This was new Board Chair, Tony Oxfords first AGM in the role, while HRH has recently had experienced Nursing Director, Bronwyn Roberts join the Board.

The current financial year has been dominated by the adoption of the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) Services from the Glenelg Shire Council. Since taking the services on in September, HRH has added around 170 new clients to its previous number of 48.

The CHSP services is quite a large part of business now and its exciting to be able to deliver a good service to the community and it compliments a lot of what HRH already do.