Funded by SWH and generous local donors, the $350,000 renovation includes a refurbished doctor’s suite (incorporating a treatment room and examination room), disabled toilets and an upgraded waiting room and reception area with direct access to new and improved consulting rooms and meeting spaces.
The contemporary redesign ensures everyone living in and around Macarthur will continue to have a vibrant, quality community health centre that services their needs.
Caring for locals since 1960 when community fundraising allowed for the construction of an eight-bed hospital to provide midwifery, theatre and general hospital services, Macarthur Community Health ultimately came about years later when community needs changed. Today, it’s the heart and soul of the district, providing a wide range of services including a regular GP clinic, maternal and child health service, adult day centre, invenue family day care centre, district nursing, treatment room services, and allied health services such as podiatry, diabetes education, a dietician, a social worker and health promotion.
Nine permanent staff, 25 registered volunteers, visiting SWH Allied Health clinicians and visiting Port Fairy Medical Clinic GPs are kept very busy. In the past year more than 4,000 service contacts were recorded.
‘It’s a very impressive array of services for the community,’ SWH Chairman of the Board John Maher told guests at the opening ceremony.
‘I hope the community continues to value and use Macarthur Community Health and trust that this upgrade will help provide the latest in care techniques and a more pleasant environment for your visits.’
photos 1 & 2 > Guest Jean White catches up with SWH Board chair John Maher at the opening ceremony attended by dozens of local people.
photo 3 > The pride and joy of the Macarthur community.
photo 4 > Dr Andrew Gault (centre) in the new treatment room with SWH Primary, Community & Regional Services director Craig Fraser and CEO John Krygger.
photo 5 > SWH staff join the celebrations. From left: Planned Activity Group personal carer Di Bishop and PAG coordinator Pat Purcell (seated), Primary Community & Regional Services director Craig Fraser, Camperdown & Lismore Community Health manager Rebecca van Wollingen, Camperdown Campus manager Janine Dureau-Finn, Health Promotion officer Jacinta Lenehan, CEO John Krygger, Building & Infrastructure manager Ray Bennett, Guy McLeod Architects architect Tim McLeod, Administrative Support officer Andrea Drendel, registered nurses Tony Stibbe and Jo Last, and Counselling & Support manager Mac McInnes.