Residents of the Wimmera have access to high quality health care services. In contrast to the media’s and city-dweller’s perception of regional health care, we enjoy reliable and easy access to a broad range of medical and health care services. Our major towns all have high quality and modern hospitals, as well as private medical practices and community health care centres. There is also a growing availability of complementary therapies across the region. Outlined below is information on the range of health services available, along with links for you to follow and explore.
The Wimmera is home to modern and high-quality hospitals. There are four major health services in the Wimmera, offering health care services at 14 different sites. A look at the sites below will show the level and breadth medical services available in the Wimmera.
In Horsham and Dimboola – Wimmera Health Care Group
In Warracknabeal, Hopetoun, Beulah – Rural Northwest Health Service
In Nhill, Kaniva, Rainbow, Jeparit, Natimuk – West Wimmera Health Service
In Edenhope – Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital
In contrast to city perceptions, there are plenty of doctors in the Wimmera. Each of the Wimmera’s main towns has multiple medical practices, many of which bulk bill.
Community health centres
Community health centres provide health services for people of all ages at low cost. Not all centres provide the same services. The services that are often available include nursing, health education and promotion, physiotherapy, dental care, medical care, counselling and social welfare.
You can see the range of community health services available in the Wimmera in the Wimmera Community Directory or ask for advice at your local Council or your doctor.
Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) is one of nine regional and two state-wide women’s health services funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Our focus is at the population level. We work to achieve healthy public policy, improved service provision for women, and cultural change that supports gender equality.
Wimmera Uniting Care helps more than 8000 people each year in the Wimmera region by providing 80 plus programs and activities in children, youth and family services, disability, housing and finances.
Woodbine Inc provides accommodation, day and employment programs and training to people with intellectual disabilities.
Community AXIS is a specialist employment service which provides job opportunities for people in our community who have barriers to employment.
Lifeline – 24 Hour Helpline 13 1114 www.lifeline.org.au
Kids Helpline – 24 Hour Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelp.com.au
Mens Helpline Australia – 24 Hour Crisis Line 1800 688 009 www.menslineaus.org.au
Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA) 02 9840 3333 www.mmha.org.au