About Yack Health


Yackandandah Health

Our Mission

We provide intergenerational care and services that respond to the needs of our community:  

Our Vision

Our Values

At Yackandandah Health, our work is guided by the following values:

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Annual Report - 2018-2019

Annual Report - 2017-2018

Annual Report - 2016-2017

Annual Report - 2015-2016

Yackandandah Health is a member-based organisation. Members receive a regular newsletter and a 50% discount on equipment hire.


If you would like to apply to become a member, please download this form, complete it and submit it to us. Your application will then be considered by the Committee of Management. You will be advised of the outcome and then be invoiced for your membership fee.

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"My wife had a stroke and I looked after her for 15 years. When she died, I was pretty low. They got me on the Committee of Management. It saved me – it gave me something to look forward to on a daily basis. They were very good to me – I felt I could repay them a bit."


Committee of Management


Barry Westhorpe


Tricia Glass

Deputy Chair

Ben Gilbert

Public Officer

Margaret Hewson

Committee Members

Don Crosthwaite
Doug Westland
Matt Grogan
Trish Parkinson
Fabian Burder
Karen Keegan

Our History

A Timeline of Yackandandah Health


The Yackandandah Sanatorium was established at the corner of Kars and High Streets by Dr. Mueller.


On June 8th, the original private 'Cottage Hospital' is opened in High Street.


The Victorian Bush Nursing Association is formed.


On August 28th at a public meeting in the Shire Hall, the decision is taken to purchase the private hospital and convert it into an intermediate hospital supported by the public.


The Yackandandah Bush Nursing Intermediate Hospital is opened by Association Secretary Sir James Barrett on April 24 1926.

On June 2nd the Yackandandah Centre of the Victorian Bush Nursing Association is officially established.


The search for a new hospital site is commenced.  A building fund is established.


On July 22nd  at the Annual General Meeting of the District Council – as the hospital’s committee is designated – it is moved and carried that the hospital be built on ‘Miss Hobbs’ corner’ at the intersection of Albury Road, later Isaacs Avenue, and Racecourse Road.


In July, plans and specifications are prepared by the Honorary Architect Mr. Elliott.  The plans are approved by the Health Department in August and tenders called.


On February 25th, Shire President Cr. Coish lays the foundation stone for Yackandandah’s new hospital.


In June electric lighting is installed.


Extensions are completed with a modern nursery, 2 new rooms, a verandah. Quarters for the staff opened on December 5th.


The State Electricity Commission helps to finance an extension making Yackandandah the second-largest Bush Nursing Hospital in the state with 27 beds.


Hospital bed numbers are decreased to 18 patients.

A new consulting room suite and residence is built. Dr Gequillana begins work as Yackandandah’s doctor.


On March 30th the first Meals on Wheels are prepared in the hospital kitchen.


The Federal Government introduces Medicare.


On October 1st, the Federal Government re-classifies bush nursing hospitals as private hospitals and removes the daily bed subsidy of $20 paid to each patient, thereby limiting Yackandandah hospital’s admissions to patients covered by private hospital insurance.


Midwifery services are suspended.


On September 11th at the annual general meeting, the president announces that a submission for Commonwealth Government funding would be made to build a hostel for frail and/or disabled residents.


Land is purchased from Mr. and Mrs. K. Storey as a hostel site.


In May 1992 approval in principal is given to build a 28-bed hostel. On August 31st a fundraising campaign to build the hostel is launched.


On November 11th 1994, the 30 bed Yamaroo Hostel is opened.


Yamaroo’s rooms are fully occupied.


In May 1996, the hospital is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.


Dr Gequillana retires in July.  Central Medical Group takes over the general medical practice.


On September 29th a new 12-bed hostel extension is opened.


On March 15th the new kitchen, laundry and hairdressing rooms are completed.


On February 6th a new 10 bed high care unit is opened.


The new 21 bed high care unit is opened, making a total of 67 residential aged care beds.


The acute hospital service is suspended.


The name of Yackandandah Bush Nursing Hospital is changed to Yackandandah Health.


Yackandandah’s Men’s Shed, ‘The Yack Shack’, is opened.


The $6M building with 16 residential aged-care rooms and 10 apartments officially opened by Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing.

Little Yacks Childcare Centre opened.

We thank Mr. Colin Barnard, for compiling the History of Yackandandah Bush Nursing Hospital / Yackandandah Health used as a resource for this timeline.