Heywood Rural Health wins award

HEYWOOD Rural Health has been acknowledged for its innovation, winning a Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) Award.

The organisation was received the award from disability minister Martin Foley earlier this month at the annual VHA conference in Melbourne.

Heywood Rural Health chief executive Jackie Kelly (second from right) collects the award from disability minister Martin Foley (right), major sponsor Kronos representative Lauren Boudreau (left) and Victorian Healthcare Association chief executive Tom Symondson.

Heywood Rural Health chief executive Jackie Kelly (second from right) collects the award from disability minister Martin Foley (right), major sponsor Kronos representative Lauren Boudreau (left) and Victorian Healthcare Association chief executive Tom Symondson.

Heywood Rural Health was recognised for commitment to improving the quality of care and access to services through the creation of the town’s community health “hub” a little over 12 months ago.

The organisation’s chief executive Jackie Kelly said the aim of the hub was “to create a primary health care eco-system” where general practitioners could work “alongside Practice Nurses, Allied Health clinicians, Community Nurses and visiting specialist services”.

Ms Kelly said the award was wonderful recognition of the work Heywood Rural Health was doing and she thanked the staff for their dedication and effort during the establishment of the hub.

“Heywood Rural Health is an important part of the south-west community’s social fabric, providing services across Glenelg Shire,” Ms Kelly said.

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