East Wimmera Health Service (EWHS) is a multi-campus health service situated in the north-west of Victoria. Covering the land first inhibited by the Dja Dja Wurrung, Barengi Gadiin and Jaara Jaara people. EWHS encompasses the townships of Birchip, Charlton, Donald, St Arnaud and Wycheproof and surrounding districts.
St Arnaud is our largest town with a population of approximately 3,500 and the smallest, Birchip with approximately 700 people. EWHS provides healthcare services to an approximate population of 10,000 people.
Evolving in a community predominately known for broad acre cropping and grazier farming, EWHS is an amalgamation of three local hospitals and two Bush Nursing hospitals. EWHS is focussed on improving the health of its communities with a dedicated team, consisting of over 400 staff members.
The Buloke and Northern Grampians Shires have experienced considerable population decline and this decline is projected to continue. The population aged over 70 years old are growing in numbers representing approximately 37 per cent of the current demographics while the 15-44 age bracket is projected to continue to decline over the coming 10 year period.
To see sustainable improvement in the
health and wellbeing of our community.
To work together with our community to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes.
We will be an effective health team. We ensure our effectiveness as a team and as partners with our community. We will dare to be different to improve health outcomes.
We will be fair and straightforward. We are sincere in what we do, and share honestly how we feel. We do the right thing.
We deliver compassionate consumer centred care. We are caring, compassionate and responsive to the needs of our consumers, staff and volunteers who are the centre of everything we do.
We will engage our communities. We partner with our consumers to build a healthy community. We walk in our consumer’s shoes to provide better care.
We will be clear and open in all our communication. We see things as they are and as they could be to improve health and wellbeing.
We will be respectful of everyone. Our behaviours demonstrate trust, inclusion and mutual understanding and we communicate openly and respectfully.
We will deliver positive health experiences. We ensure the highest standard of quality and safety every time. As a community we focus on healthy outcomes.