Your Donation at Work

Projects funded by the Foundation include:

Our current project – Wimmera Cancer Centre:

The Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation is committing a minimum of $420,000 over 6 years towards the redevelopment of the cancer treatment centre at the Wimmera Base Hospital. This donation is from the income generated from YOUR donations to the Foundation.

Because we use the income generated from your donations, this means that your money remains invested and will continue to work for this and other projects in the WHCG campuses in Horsham and Dimboola forever.

Donations of $2 and more are tax deductible.

We believe to "Give Where You Live" is so important for our health service now and in the future. Your donation will stay with the Foundation forever, funding important projects into the future –It’s the least we can do for our patients and their families.

Navigator Wireless Gamma Probe System for Sentinal Node Identification

A large donation from the Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation means more people will be able to avoid major surgery to remove lymph node glands as part of their cancer treatment. A $50,000 donation from the foundation went to purchasing a Navigator Wireless Gamma Probe System for sentinal node identification.

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Surgeon Nikki Campbell said this meant people could have a procedure locally that targeted affected lymph nodes, instead of removing all the lymph nodes in the armpit. “This is obviously a smaller operation than removing all the lymph nodes, so that means less recovery time. Also having the surgery closer to home, loved ones and support networks is so important,” Ms Campbell said. “Also, when you don’t remove all the lymph nodes there isn’t the same risks of complications such as lymphodema. We are very thankful the foundation has purchased this equipment.”

Foundation chair Graeme Hardman said they were happy to donate to a piece of equipment that will help more people be treated locally and in a less invasive way.

“This is a great investment and is in line with our support of the Wimmera Cancer Centre and it reinforces the foundation’s vision to provide quality healthcare in our region,” Mr Hardman said. “The new surgical equipment will provide our community with the most up to date treatment for breast cancer and melanoma patients, eliminating some of the need for patients to travel large distances to receive treatment. “Statistics show one in three people in the broader Wimmera region will be touched by cancer, making it so important we have treatment available in our regional health centre.

“WHCG Foundation has pledged $420,000 over six years to the Wimmera Cancer Centre project and has contributed $210,000 to date.”

Adult Rehabilitation Garden

The Wimmera Health Care Group, in collaboration with the WHCG Foundation Trustees, officially opened the new Adult Rehabilitation Garden at the Horsham campus.

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Mr Chris Scott, Chief Executive of Wimmera Health Care Group said the garden will be a great asset for the hospital and of enormous benefit to patients undergoing rehabilitation therapy.

Dr Don Johns OAM and Chairman of the WHCG Foundation Trustees, unveiled the commemorative plaque.The plaque has been erected on the site of original Horsham Hospital which was constructed in 1874 with funds raised from within the community.

Major rebuilding of the original hospital and alterations took place in the 1920s to accommodate the growing population, and ongoing renovations have been undertaken throughout subsequent decades.

By 1979 the original Hospital portico was the only section remaining, and it became the Chapel until 2013 when it too, was demolished. The Adult Rehabilitation Garden marks another chapter in the history of health care on this site.

Chief Occupational Therapist, Kristen Coats said planning, designing and fundraising for this garden commenced with the construction of the Arapiles Building. The garden is designed for use by community members who access allied health services and programs as outpatients. Residents of our aged care facilities are also encouraged to utilise the garden.

Ms Coats said, "The garden with its different surfaces creates a home-like environment which assists individuals to achieve their goals. The garden also allows for group activities, bringing people together as they travel on their rehabilitation journey. In addition the area also aims to provide a location for relaxation and reflection away from the hospital setting. The rehabilitation phase is often a time of great adjustment, and this space is essential in assisting with this process".

"One of the key elements of a successful rehabilitation program is to assist individuals to set and work towards goals which are meaningful and significant to their own lives. It is anticipated that this space will be used by large numbers of clients making it a great community resource and will also allow our skilled team of health professionals to provide best practice clinical care".

Mrs Coats thanked the Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation for providing the funds to make this vision a reality.

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New coloured powder coated panels

The WHCG Foundation and Compass Powder Coating sponsored equally the cost for 4 brightly coloured powder coated panels which have recently been installed on the interior walls of the Adult Rehabilitation Garden at the Arapiles Allied Health Building of the Wimmera HealthCare Group’s Horsham Campus.

The Adult Rehabilitation Garden is used by the Allied Health Services Physiotherapists with their patients who are undergoing various types of rehabilitation. The garden has several different surfaces to assist patients with their recovery.


Paediatric Rehabilitation Garden

The Paediatric Rehabilitation Garden, which opened in November 2010, is a significant addition to the Wimmera Base Hospital in Horsham.

The garden has been created to provide a safe and secure environment for children to participate in outdoor rehabilitation activities. The design includes a level ground, rubber matting, shade cloth, new windows and a secondary entry/exit point.

A colourful mural not only brightens the area, but is used in therapy. The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy departments have purchased several pieces of equipment that can be moved in and out as required including a tunnel, a playhouse, a bridge and sporting equipment.

Around 500 children will use this special space every year.

"Until now, paediatric rehabilitation has been limited to indoor play/functional activities, otherwise therapy would need to be moved to a nearby park with equipment that has not been chosen specifically for children with disabilities. This outdoor area will mean that the therapist can assess all aspects of the child's level of function"
Hayley Crute, Chief Physiotherapist

Paediatric Rehabilitation Garden

Rotary House

The Foundation contributed $50,000 to the construction of Rotary House, which provides low-cost accommodation for the families of patients from outside Horsham. Since opening, Rotary House has provided a comfortable and welcoming place to stay for hundreds of families.

"When my wife was critically ill in hospital, Rotary House provided us with a warm and welcoming environment during a very difficult time. Rotary House truly is a home away from home"

Kurrajong Lodge

The Foundation made a significant contribution to the construction of Kurrajong Lodge, a purpose-built aged care facility at the Horsham campus.

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We have contributed to the purchase of vital state of the art equipment in aged, acute and emergency care. In 2013, 30 wall desks were installed in Oxley and Yandilla wards of the Horsham Hospital. These work stations greatly assist the Nursing staff in recording patient records at point of contact.






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Dimboola Project

The Foundation has made a $9,000 commitment to the Dimboola Hospital for two projects. These include a new patient transfer trolley and a mobile defibrillator for use at community events.