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Boost local health services with a tax deductible gift

South Gippsland Hospital’s Director of Community Care Samantha Park, left, and Allied Health Manager Justine Kleeman with two examples of projects achieved with the support of the South Gippsland Community Health Foundation; new window blinds and paintwork at the SGH Community Health Centre, and new signage throughout the Hospital precinct.

CORNER Inlet district residents are invited to assist boosting and even expanding local health services with a tax deductible gift to the South Gippsland Community Health Foundation before the end of the financial year.

The South Gippsland Community Health Foundation is a registered charity and has been working since 2012 to help deliver the best health and wellbeing outcomes for the Corner Inlet district community

“For the Foundation, it is all about helping our own local community to have access to services as close to home as possible,” Foundation board chair Graeme Baxter said.

“Because of the generous donations and bequests the Foundation has received from our community in the past, we have been able to supply both the South Gippsland Hospital and Prom Country Aged Care in Foster with a wide range of important facilities and resources,” he said.

“However the two organisations’ respective need and wish lists are always growing, and we are calling on those local people who may be in a position to help us make a lasting difference to consider making a donation to the Foundation before June 30, 2024.”

Mr Baxter said that “among the Foundation’s biggest achievements to date is securing the lease to the former Banksia Lodge residential aged care building in Foster for the South Gippsland Hospital.

“Renamed the Banksia Centre, it now provides services such as the Senior Day Stay, suites for visiting specialists, training facilities for staff, accommodation for visiting health professionals and students and so much more,” he said.

“Other projects the Foundation has made possible include the fitting out of extra rooms at Prom Country House, Prom County Aged Care’s residential facility in Foster.

“The Foundation has also provided the South Gippsland Hospital with numerous pieces of medical equipment and with major information technology upgrades,” Mr Baxter said.

“Solar panels have been placed on the roof of the main Hospital building as an effective way of reducing ongoing running costs, and new wayfinding signage has been installed throughout the Hospital precinct, both inside and out.

“The Foundation is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible,” he said.

“We are committed to ensuring that all funds received go to projects in the Corner Inlet area

“We encourage people to donate in any way that they can to support our community so that it is vibrant and healthy.”

South Gippsland Hospital CEO Paul Greenhalgh said the Foundation has “supported the Hospital in so many ways.

“We are so appreciative of the Foundation’s annual contributions, which have seen medical equipment purchased and assistance with ICT upgrades, as well as significant refurbishments of the Banksia Centre and the Community Health Centre,” he said.

“The gift of the Banksia Centre itself, through a transition arrangement from a couple of years ago, is undoubtedly the most substantial and effective contribution so far,” Mr Greenhalgh said.

“It is my view that our staff, patients, clients, visitors and community groups all benefit from the Foundation’s operations.”

Prom Country Aged Care CEO Paula Gibb echoed Mr Greenhalgh’s sentiments, saying that “we are deeply grateful for the South Gippsland Community Health Foundation’s generous donation of $175,000 towards our ‘Yellow Wing’ development.

“Thanks to the support from the Foundation, we have successfully added three new rooms that are now providing much-needed accommodation for older members of our community,” she said.

“The Foundation’s contribution has made a significant impact, enhancing the quality of life for many. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our community’s wellbeing.”

For more information about the South Gippsland Community Health Foundation and how to go about making a donation, gift or bequest, please visit


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