A Year in Review

A Year in Review

Thursday, 24 December 2020


As the year draws to a close, it presents an opportunity to truly reflect on the unprecedented year that was.

Firstly, we would like to wish a Merry Christmas and happy new year to our generous supporters, volunteers, service partners and our supportive community.

The first challenge 2020 threw at us, was the nationwide bushfire emergency. We are proud to have been able to assist Corryong Health and 21 Aged Care Residents to provide them with a safe space while the threat of bushfires impacted their home. We were also humbled to receive a visit from The Honourable Mr Luke Donnellan, Minister for Disability, Ageing, Cares and Child Protection.

The second milestone event we faced as an organisation was undergoing and receiving our Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) National Accreditation Certificate. This would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of our staff, who work everyday to provide the best and safest care possible.

March then saw the beginning of the Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our teams worked incredibly hard and efficiently to tackle the challenge that was ahead. Throughout this challenge our teams rose to the occasion and worked incredibly hard to implement new processes, working additional hours, screening every person who enters our health service, learning new skills, answering a high volume of calls, additional high cleans and continuously planning for outbreaks.

Throughout the pandemic, our maternity service transitioned to a level 1 maternity service and the partnership between YH and Northeast Health was unveiled. The innovative partnership, provides a seamless pathway for women to be able to choose to access local contemporary care close to home.

We are excited to move into the new year with our newly released strategic plan. The new plan comes with a fresh vision, Supported People. Connected Communities. Better Health. This vision is supported by 4 pillars that will drive the next 5 years. The new plan includes refreshed values to reflect the contemporary and bold pathway; Respect, Excellence, Integrity, Compassion and Collaboration.

The World Health Organisation declared 2020 as the year of nurse and midwife, and what a year to do so. This year we have taken the opportunity to celebrate our nurses who consistently provide and deliver exceptional care, particularly their professionalism, courage and compassion during this pandemic period.

Finally, as we all relax and celebrate with friends and family we wish to remind the community to keep following the state and national covid restrictions this festive season, keep your distance when leaving your home, abide by the state household visitor limits, wash your hands regularly and get tested even if your symptoms are mild. Remember to carry your mask and every test helps keep us safe and open this summer period.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Yarrawonga Health

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