BHAG 2016 AGM & President’s Report

Patient Wellness Garden

Patient Wellness Garden

The 2016 AGM was held on the 27th July 2016 at the Uniting Church meeting room Bellingen.
All the positions on the Committee were filled with new consultant VMO’s joining us this year.

I would like to thank and extend a warm welcome to the members of the 2015/16 Committee:

Public Officer (retained): Fenella Briscomb
President: Barbara Moore
Vice President: Pauline Murphy
Secretary: Fenella Briscomb
Treasurer: John Conway
Committee Members: Shirley Dunne, Charlotte Blesing & Marlene Howes.
Consultant VMO: Dr’s Derek & Olivia Bell

All committee members on last year’s committee re-nominated for the same position and they were unanimously elected. I would like to thank last year’s members for their commitment and extend my gratitude for their continued dedication to ‘Preserving Services at Bellingen Hospital’.  My special thanks to Dr Cain English for the invaluable service he provided during the past years as our Consultant VMO (Visiting Medical Officer) at Bellingen Hospital.

This past year’s ‘on ground’ activities was dominated by the creation of the Patient Wellness Garden as a further demonstration of our communities’ commitment to our local Bellingen Hospital and Yes, we also challenged senior executives on other medical and administrative matters resulting in some unexpected successes.  Yes we remain vigilant.  If a critical situation were to occur we would immediately act and confidently call upon our amazing community to rally to the cause.

The Minutes and President’s report of the 2016 AGM are able to be viewed by clicking on the links below.

On behalf of the 2015/16 and incoming 2016/2017 committee I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to our amazing community for your on-going support.  Your generous donations and acknowledgment of the committee’s work encourages us to continue in what may appear to be a stable and safe situation – though we remain the ever vigilant sceptic. We continue to represent your voice at all levels of Government and at the senior level of management of the Mid North Coast Local Health District and locally at Bellingen Hospital.

Please contact us if you have any concerns about the service or stable future of our Bellingen Hospital as we are your voice – loud and clear.

Yours in ‘SOS Bellingen Hospital’

Barbara Moore (President BHAG Inc.)

BHAG 2016 AGM Presidents Report

Minutes of BHAG AGM – 27 July 2016

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The Patient Wellness Garden

On Wednesday 15th June 2016, twelve months of hard work by the BHAG Volunteer Gardeners was recognised at the official opening ceremony of the Patient Wellness Garden.

Patient Wellness Garden plaque

Patient Wellness Garden plaque

The ceremony was attended by MNCLHD senior management, Bellingen Council, the Lions Club, members of the Gumbaynggirr community, BHAG Volunteer Gardeners, the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, the Foster Family, hospital staff and numerous other community organisations and individuals who had all played a part in bringing the PWG project to its successful conclusion.

You can read the full story and see more photos by following this link to the BHAG Volunteer Gardeners website:   Patient Wellness Garden Opening Ceremony

 

Letter from Bellingen Shire Council …

In January, Bellingen Shire Council wrote to BHAG commending us on our exemplary delivery of the Environmental Levy Community Fund Project – the Patient Wellness Garden at Bellingen Hospital.  We were thrilled to receive this letter, and heard on the grapevine that ours  was the best documented community project ever!

BHAG 2015 AGM & President’s Report

Bellinger Health Action Group Inc. 2015 AGM

The 2015 AGM was held on the 29th July 2015 at the Uniting Church meeting room Bellingen.  All the positions on the Committee were filled with a new member joining us this year.

I would like to thank and extend a warm welcome to the members of the 2015/16 Committee:

Public Officer: Fenella Briscomb
President: Barbara Moore
Vice President: Pauline Murphy
Secretary: Fenella Briscomb
Treasurer: John Conway
Committee Members: Shirley Dunne, Charlotte Blesing and Marlene Howes.
Consultant VMO: Dr Cain English

Pauline Murphy stepped up to the Vice President’s position and she will continue her previous role as chief fundraiser. Marlene Howes joined us this year. Marlene has been one of our enthusiastic volunteer gardeners at the hospital for the past 12 months. (If you would like to join our gardening group please contact Barbara Moore)

Everyone on last year’s committee re-nominated for the same position and they were unanimously elected.

This past year culminated in celebration after celebration showcasing the many successes of our previous years of challenges and battles. We do however remain vigilant.

The Minutes and President’s report of the 2014 AGM may be viewed by clicking on these links:

BHAG 2015 AGM Presidents Report

Minutes of BHAG AGM 29 July 2015

On behalf of the 2014/15 committee I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to our amazing community for your on-going support. We continue to represent your voice at all levels of Government and at the senior level of management of the Mid North Coast Local Health District and locally at Bellingen Hospital.

Yours in ‘SOS Bellingen Hospital’,

Barbara Moore (President BHAG Inc.)

Solar Hot Water celebration …

Solar Hot Water Hospital

On Wednesday 10th June, Bellingen Hospital held a morning tea to celebrate the installation of a solar hot water system for Hartley House, and to thank the members of the community responsible for pushing the project to completion.

You can read a potted history of the 9 year battle to install solar hot water at Bellingen Hospital by clicking on the link below …

Solar Hot Water Bellingen Hospital History

And you can read Barb Moore’s celebration speech to see who contributed to the success of this project …

Barb’s presentation Solar Hot Water Celebration

This is another great day for the Bellingen community!