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Covid-19 Update : Testing

Updated Monday 24th January 2022 at 10.30am

Please note, Birchip Campus will not be offering COVID-19 PCR testing for the next 3 days (in line with the Urgent Care closure).

Our other Campuses will continue to offer testing, please call ahead to book:

• Charlton 5477 6800

• Donald 5478 6200

• St Arnaud 5477 2100

• Wycheproof 5478 0700

Temporary Service Change

Updated Sunday 23rd January 2022 at 2.30pm

East Wimmera Health Service (EWHS) wishes to advise the community of a temporary change to the Urgent Care service at the Birchip Campus due to staffing issues.  The following arrangement is now in place:

>  Birchip residents needing to use Urgent Care will need to visit another EWHS site (Donald being closest) for the next 4 days.  Normal services should resume Thursday 27th January 2022.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work through these issues.  We will continue to provide updates as needed.


Click the button below to view the Birchip Campus Building Redevelopment.

Birchip Campus Opened

On Tuesday 30th November 2021, a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony was held to acknowledge the opening of the Birchip Campus Building Redevelopments.

Uncle Ron Marks conducted the ceremony for the Birchip Community.  He is pictured here with Danuta Piechowski (Resident) and Julie Lowry (Staff).


New service available at EWHS - Continence Nurse

Our Continence Nurse can provide a range of services to assist older community members with continence issues.

If you or someone you know, who is 65 years of age or older or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are 50 years of age or older would like to book an appointment to see the EWHS Continence Nurse, please call EWHS Central Intake Service on 5477 2222 or go to My Aged Care to make a referral at:

Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights
Supportive resources for the second edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

The Commission has developed a range of resources to support people to understand and use the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter).
One resource is audio recordings enabling consumers to listen to the Australian Charter.
Right is the link to the audio version of the Australian Charter.

2021 Graduate Nurse Program

East Wimmera Health Service welcomes six new graduates into the 2021 Graduate Nurse Program, having commenced on Monday 1st February, 2021.

The graduates completed Orientation Week at the St Arnaud Campus, prior to commencing rotations across both acute and aged care, across all Campuses.

EWHS congratulates Rachel Downes and Kristy Toohey, both current employees, who successfully completed their Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2020, and will complete the transition to practice year with the health service during 2021.

Left to right:  Jasleen Kaur, Kristy Toohey, Grace Campagnolo, Emerson Gianfala, Rachel Downes and Aleisha Leane.

Medical Imaging Service at East Wimmera Health Service

A Medical Imaging Service is available two days a week at the St Arnaud Campus and appointments can be made by calling 5477 2241.

Pictured right is East Wimmera Health Service Board Director John Harley utilising the Medical Imaging Services on 16th December, 2020 - knee xray.