On 01 March, the Bellingen Courier-Sun published our good news story …
The hard work of our gardening volunteers paid off, and the Patient Wellness Garden survived water restrictions and multiple heatwaves. And this year, the Volunteer Appreciation Day Morning Tea is to be held in the garden. It’s great to see the garden being used and appreciated.
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.)
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.
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