About Yack Health

About

Yackandandah Health

Our Mission

Yackandandah Health brings outstanding care to our community.

Our Vision

Extraordinary health care is provided for all ages and groups in our local and surrounding community.


At Yackandandah Health, our work is guided by the following values:

Annual Reports

Annual Report - 2018

Annual Report - 2017

Annual Report - 2016

Yackandandah Health is a member-based organisation. Members receive a regular newsletter and a 50% discount on equipment hire.

BECOME A MEMBER

If you would like to apply to become a member, please download this form, complete it and submit it to us. Your application will then be considered by the Committee of Management. You will be advised of the outcome and then be invoiced for your membership fee.

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"My wife had a stroke and I looked after her for 15 years. When she died, I was pretty low. They got me on the Committee of Management. It saved me – it gave me something to look forward to on a daily basis. They were very good to me – I felt I could repay them a bit."

Erle

Committee of Management


President

Donald Crosthwaite 

Vice President

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Secretary/Public Officer

Margaret Hewson

Committee Members

Tricia Glass
Don McEwan
Shirley Kirk-Sheehan
Matt Grogan
Kath Evans
Jeni Warburton
Ben Gilbert

Executive Team


CEO/Director of Nursing
Annette Nuck

Deputy Director of Nursing
Emma Dennis

Nurse Unit Manager - High Care
Geraldine Miles

Lifestyle Program Coordinator
Leonie Bell 

Catering Manager
Trevor Anderson 

Maintenance Manager
Chris Rogers 

Administration
Lisa Greenwood

Community Reference Group


Yackandandah Health Executive Team

Back row from left:
Rebecca Stamp, Christine Thorpe, Jann Stewart, Ali Pockley.

Front row from left:
CEO Annette Nuck, Louise Humphrey, Cameron McKern.

(Absent: Doug Westland, Ros McIntyre and Gena Cavini)

Read more about this group.

Our History

A Timeline of Yackandandah Health


1877

The Yackandandah Sanatorium was established at the corner of Kars and High Streets by Dr. Mueller.


1903

On June 8th, the original private 'Cottage Hospital' is opened in High Street.


1910

The Victorian Bush Nursing Association is formed.


1925

On August 28th at a public meeting in the Shire Hall, the decision is taken to purchase the private hospital and convert it into an intermediate hospital supported by the public.


1926

The Yackandandah Bush Nursing Intermediate Hospital is opened by Association Secretary Sir James Barrett on April 24 1926.

On June 2nd the Yackandandah Centre of the Victorian Bush Nursing Association is officially established.


1928

The search for a new hospital site is commenced.  A building fund is established.


1929

On July 22nd  at the Annual General Meeting of the District Council – as the hospital’s committee is designated – it is moved and carried that the hospital be built on ‘Miss Hobbs’ corner’ at the intersection of Albury Road, later Isaacs Avenue, and Racecourse Road.


1930

In July, plans and specifications are prepared by the Honorary Architect Mr. Elliott.  The plans are approved by the Health Department in August and tenders called.


1931

On February 25th, Shire President Cr. Coish lays the foundation stone for Yackandandah’s new hospital.


1935

In June electric lighting is installed.


1942

Extensions are completed with a modern nursery, 2 new rooms, a verandah. Quarters for the staff opened on December 5th.


1948

The State Electricity Commission helps to finance an extension making Yackandandah the second-largest Bush Nursing Hospital in the state with 27 beds.


1970

Hospital bed numbers are decreased to 18 patients.

A new consulting room suite and residence is built. Dr Gequillana begins work as Yackandandah’s doctor.


1970

On March 30th the first Meals on Wheels are prepared in the hospital kitchen.


1984

The Federal Government introduces Medicare.


1986

On October 1st, the Federal Government re-classifies bush nursing hospitals as private hospitals and removes the daily bed subsidy of $20 paid to each patient, thereby limiting Yackandandah hospital’s admissions to patients covered by private hospital insurance.


1989

Midwifery services are suspended.


1990

On September 11th at the annual general meeting, the president announces that a submission for Commonwealth Government funding would be made to build a hostel for frail and/or disabled residents.


1991

Land is purchased from Mr. and Mrs. K. Storey as a hostel site.


1992

In May 1992 approval in principal is given to build a 28-bed hostel. On August 31st a fundraising campaign to build the hostel is launched.


1994

On November 11th 1994, the 30 bed Yamaroo Hostel is opened.


1995

Yamaroo’s rooms are fully occupied.


1996

In May 1996, the hospital is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.


1999

Dr Gequillana retires in July.  Central Medical Group takes over the general medical practice.


2002

On September 29th a new 12-bed hostel extension is opened.


2004

On March 15th the new kitchen, laundry and hairdressing rooms are completed.


2005

On February 6th a new 10 bed high care unit is opened.


2008

The new 21 bed high care unit is opened, making a total of 67 residential aged care beds.


2012

The acute hospital service is suspended.


2014

The name of Yackandandah Bush Nursing Hospital is changed to Yackandandah Health.


2015

Yackandandah’s Men’s Shed, ‘The Yack Shack’, is opened.


We thank Mr. Colin Barnard, for compiling the History of Yackandandah Bush Nursing Hospital / Yackandandah Health used as a resource for this timeline.