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8 NOVEMBER 2017

The kitchen refurbishment is complete!

We are grateful to the catering staff and to all the businesses and individuals who donated funds to refurbish the BDHC kitchen.
Special thanks to the residents (for their patience) and to the Victorian Government, the Grosvenor Foundation and to everyone who supported the 2016 Love is in the Air fundraiser, especially Mark and Ruth Mills and the team from The Plough @ Myrniong.

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Day 6 of the refurbishment of the BDHC kitchen

The new freezer

New equipment is installed

New equipment is installed

New equipment is installed

1 NOVEMBER 2017

Day 5 of the refurbishment of the BDHC kitchen

Cooking in the mobile kitchen

Cooking in the mobile kitchen

New equipment is installed

New equipment is installed

26 OCTOBER 2017

Day 2 of the refurbishment of the BDHC kitchen.

The mobile kitchen arrives

The last pot simmers on the stove top while the refurbishment work is discussed

The freezer is dismantled

Lots of happy faces

The mobile kitchen interior

More happy faces

25 OCTOBER 2017

Day 1 of the refurbishment of the BDHC kitchen.

Preparing for the arrival of the mobile kitchen

The storage container near the rear of the GP clinic

Caroline Beazley in the kitchen

New flooring in the breezeway

18 OCOTOBER 2017

BDHC Annual General Meeting

John Graham and Staff
John Graham was awarded Volunteer of the Year at the Ballan District Health & Care Annual General Meeting for his voluntary work with Meals on Wheels.

‘The kitchen staff members joke that I take twice as long as anyone else because I like to have a chat, but it’s really important to keep an eye on people and make sure they are all right.’

Lyn Gunnell, Robert Eskdale and James Hay
James Hay became a Life Governor of Ballan District Health & Care at this year’s Annual General Meeting. He joins just 15 other Life Governors in the organisation’s 73-year history.
James joined the Board of Governance in 2004 and retired in 2016, serving as President from 2007 to 2012. Speaking in 2016, James identified the introduction of public beds into the Ballan Hospital and raising the funds needed to establish the GP Super Clinic as the major works that took place during his Governorship. He also played a leading role in purchasing the Ballan Childcare Centre and extending its hours, ensuring that centre-based childcare remained available for local parents.
Board Senior Vice President, Robert Eskdale, presented James with his Life Governorship and spoke about the significant contribution James has made to our charitable healthcare service.
Congratulations James! We are very grateful for all you have done for the community.

Lyn Gunnell and Tracey Sherriff congratulating Christine Buttigieg on her 20-year tenure at BDHC

Lyn Gunnell congratulating Danielle Grioli on her award
Danielle Grioli is the wonderful Exercise Physiologist at Ballan District Health & Care and she won this year’s President’s Award at the BDHC Annual General Meeting.
Danielle’s approach to her work, her initiative, her skills and her exuberance are such assets to the community and we offer her our heartfelt congratulations.

11 OCTOBER 2017

The Melbourne Cup Visits Ballan District Health & Care

We are grateful to the VRC for offering all of us the opportunity to hold the golden cup.

1 SEPTEMBER 2017

Love is in the Air!
Fundraising Dinner

The Love is in the Air dinner raised funds to refurbish the Memory Support Unit (the Dementia Unit).

The Unit provides a safe and loving home for community members living with the advanced effects of dementia disorders, such as Alzheimer’s. More than $20,000 was raised on the night and Ballan District Health & Care will use funds to work with Alzheimer’s Australia, staff members, family members and residents to begin refurbishing the Unit’s 14-year-old décor.

We often think of good décor as a luxury, but evidence shows that living in a physical environment that supports memory and cognition can vastly improve the lives of people with dementia disorders. The right upholstery colour can help someone to avoid a fall. The right decorative theme can lessen agitation.

We are grateful to all those businesses and individuals who supported this year’s Love is in the Air fundraising dinner, including the Moorabool News. Special thanks to Mark & Ruth Mills from The Plough@Myrniong.

20 JULY 2017

Students on Placement at Ballan District Health & Care

Community members visiting Ballan District Health & Care are likely to see a range of students on placement. In the past 12 months, BDHC has placed 205 students from 8 different training organisations.

These students in this photograph are studying to become Enrolled Nurses and their work at BDHC is overseen by Sue Chapple, Ballan District Health & Care’s Clinical Educator.

17 JUNE 2017

Centre for Community Health Window – Black Nite Black Lite

The Ballan District Health & Care Centre for Community Health window hosted BDHC’s Black Nite Black Lite artwork: Howard Arkley-Style With Wheelchair.

Local artist, V Georgiev, drew a simple, architectural-style, black line rendering of the original 1966 Ballan Hospital on two canvases. Residents from the Memory Support Unit, children from the Ballan Childcare Centre, patients, nurses, doctors, allied healthcare workers, administrative workers and various specialist healthcare workers drew additional lines, coloured in the canvases and finished off the rest of the work.

Black Nite Black Lite was a Wombat Regional Arts network initiative in which 32 Ballan shop windows were ‘ablaze with fluorescing creations each night’.

7 JUNE 2017

Celebrating Edna’s 100th Birthday

The Ballan Hostel hosted an afternoon tea in Edna Veitch’s honour, which was attended by members of her family, community members, hostel residents and Ballan District Health & Care staff members.

Wayne Weaire, BDHC Chief Executive Officer, read out several congratulatory letters including cards from Queen Elizabeth II, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove, Premier Daniel Andrews and a number of local parliamentarians.

15 MAY 2017

Winning the Community Engagement Award

Ballan District Health & Care beat three other finalists to win the Community Engagement Award at the Leading Age Services Australia, Victorian State Conference.

Leading Age Services Australia is the national peak body representing providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living.

17 MARCH 2017

Geoff Howard MP, State Member for Buninyong, with the Ballan District Health & Care Team

On Friday 17 March 2017, Geoff Howard MP, State Member for Buninyong, visited Ballan District Health & Care to announce a Victorian Government grant of $268,00 to purchase new kitchen equipment and hardware for a new patient care management facility.

17 March 2017

Ballan Autumn Festival Stall

The history of Ballan District Health & Care, People with the Right Spirit, was launched at the opening of the 2017 Ballan Autumn Festival. The book is available for sale for $20 from the Hospital Reception (33 Cowie St) and at Opportunity on Inglis (159 Inglis St).