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New Speech Pathology Group for Individuals with Mild-Moderate Cognition Issues

Cognition issues can affect a person’s memory, learning and language.


East Wimmera Health Service is running a group for people with mild to moderate cognition issues. The sessions will be run by our Speech Therapist across all the campuses.


Each session will aim to:

   • Stimulate and engage participants

   • Help improve their cognition and communication skills


There will be 14 sessions in total. Sessions will run two times each week, with days and times to be confirmed.


To join the group, people need to:

   • Have mild to moderate cognition issues

   • Be able to see and hear (i.e. have no severe impairments)

   • Be able to communicate and understand communication

   • Be well enough to attend sessions (i.e. not have any serious health problems)

   • Not have any challenging behaviours that might disrupt group activities or members


Registration is required. This can be done by phoning EWHS on 5477 2222 or emailing intake@ewhs.org.au. You can also phone the Speech Pathologist on 0409 106 433 to ask any questions or get further information.


Kara Court residents and staff commemorated ANZAC day with a service on Friday 23rd April 2021 

The service was performed by Bob Wooley from the St Arnaud RSL. 104-year-old Maud Coates laid the wreath and Mrs Kay Smith played the last post.

Maud was in the services during WW2 from 1942 until 1946 with RAAF.

Maud first started as a clerical assistant at the Engineering school which was located at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The day she started was the day of the Japanese bombing of Darwin.

From there, in 1943, Maud worked in records in Prahran for 6 months and then moved to the RAAF recruiting centre in Preston.

In 1944, Maud worked in canteen services. In this role she was responsible for ordering, accounting and shipment of goods, such as liquor and tobacco to stations in the Southern Command (which included Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania). It was during this time that the Battle of the Coral Sea took place.

Maud also had two younger sisters in the RAAF. One is now deceased and the other lives in Perth and is 102 years old.




Maud is pictured here with Leisure and Lifestyle coordinator Nadia Shtereva and Wynn Battersby, a long standing neighbour and the mother of Mrs. Kay Smith. 


New services available at East Wimmera Health Service

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologists are trained professionals who assist people with communication issues or swallowing difficulties. These issues can affect a person’s quality of life and can cause other problems if they are not treated.


If you or someone you know, who is 65 years of age or older or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are 50 years of age or older would like to book an appointment to see the EWHS Speech Pathologist, please call EWHS Central Intake Service on 5477 2222 or go to My Aged Care to make a referral at: https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/make-a-referral


Continence Nurse

Our Continence Nurse can provide a range of services to         assist older community members with continence issues.


If you or someone you know, who is 65 years of age or older or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are 50 years of age or older would like to book an appointment to see the EWHS Continence Nurse, please call EWHS Central Intake Service on 5477 2222 or go to My Aged Care to make a referral at: https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/make-a-referral


Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights
Supportive resources for the second edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

The Commission has developed a range of resources to support people to understand and use the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter).
One resource is audio recordings enabling consumers to listen to the Australian Charter.
Right is the link to the audio version of the Australian Charter.

2021 Graduate Nurse Program

East Wimmera Health Service welcomes six new graduates into the 2021 Graduate Nurse Program, having commenced on Monday 1st February, 2021.

The graduates completed Orientation Week at the St Arnaud Campus, prior to commencing rotations across both acute and aged care, across all Campuses.

EWHS congratulates Rachel Downes and Kristy Toohey, both current employees, who successfully completed their Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2020, and will complete the transition to practice year with the health service during 2021.

Left to right:  Jasleen Kaur, Kristy Toohey, Grace Campagnolo, Emerson Gianfala, Rachel Downes and Aleisha Leane.

Medical Imaging Service at East Wimmera Health Service

A Medical Imaging Service is available two days a week at the St Arnaud Campus and appointments can be made by calling 5477 2241.

Pictured right is East Wimmera Health Service Board Director John Harley utilising the Medical Imaging Services on 16th December, 2020 - knee xray.

Maud Coates, resident of Kara Court, celebrates her 104th birthday

Maud Coates celebrated her 104th birthday and enjoyed afternoon tea with family, friends and staff at Kara Court on 11th December, 2020. Happy Birthday Maud, we hope you had a wonderful day.