Who is the Bendigo Health Foundation?

Bendigo Health has been fundraising since the mid-1800s. The Bendigo Health Foundation, with volunteer support, coordinates all fundraising for the health care service and provides a link between Bendigo Health and various groups, businesses, service clubs, individuals, corporate sponsors and philanthropic organisations in the community.

Enthusiastic community members often generate fundraising ideas and events and we work with them in partnership to support their initiatives.

What are you using the fundraising money for?

After consultation with all areas across Bendigo Health, 3 pieces of equipment have been identified:

  • Fluoroscopy machine for a second Cardiac Catheter Laboratory
  • Pharmacy automated storage and accurate stock selection
  • Electronic Drug Imprest
  • Ophthalmic microscope

Who is running the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal?

The Bendigo Health Foundation is responsible for all fundraising for Bendigo Health and the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal.

Who is in control of the donated funds?

The Trustees for BENDIGO HEALTH CARE GROUP FOUNDATION CHARITABLE TRUST will oversee all donated funds.

How do I know my money will go to where I want it to or where you say it will go?

Bendigo Health guarantees to place your funds in your preferred area from the list provided.

Who can I talk to about fundraising ideas?

If you have any ideas you would like to chat about, please contact the Bendigo Health Foundation office on 1300 BHF 000 or email bhfoundation@bendigohealth.org.au.

Why should I donate to the hospital when they didn’t use my business for any construction work?

The Bendigo Hospital Project is being delivered as a Public Private Partnership, with Exemplar Health appointed as consortia leader. The consortia comprises of Lendlease, Spotless, Capella Capital and Siemens. Bendigo Health did not have control of the allocation of tenders. Where possible local trades were engaged.

I have private health cover why should I donate to Bendigo Health?

If you require emergency treatment, it’s more than likely you will be transported by ambulance to the nearest public healthcare Emergency Department. In the Loddon Mallee region this could be the Bendigo Health Emergency Department. If your condition requires you to be transported to a tertiary hospital in Melbourne, Bendigo Health will provide emergency treatment to stabilise you for transferral.

As a large regional health service we able to treat chronic and complex illnesses. As a private patient in a public hospital you can elect to use your specialist of choice. If they are unavailable, you can choose to be treated by a hospital specialist, on call at that time where you will be admitted under the care of that doctor. If you are an elective patient, the specialist medical team (consultant, registrar) of that unit will treat you, unless the specialist of your choice has already arranged to treat you. When you are discharged, you can choose to have your follow-up appointments through the hospital or your specialist may choose to see you in his/her consultation rooms. By choosing to be a private patient you assist the hospital, to maintain equipment, retain and employ new staff and improve patient care. This in turn benefits all patients and the community as a whole.

I don’t use Bendigo Health so why should I donate?

If you require emergency treatment, it’s more than likely you will be transported by ambulance to the nearest public healthcare Emergency Department. In the Loddon Mallee region this could be the Bendigo Health Emergency Department.

The Bendigo Health Emergency Department sees around 45,000 patients each year, making it one of the busiest emergency departments in regional Victoria and busier than some metropolitan emergency departments. The Emergency Department is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals including emergency medicine specialist doctors, critical care trained nurses, nurse practitioners specialising in emergency care and physiotherapists with expertise in urgent conditions, supported technical and clerical staff.

If I am sick I want to go to Melbourne so why should I give money here?

If you require emergency treatment, it’s more than likely you will be transported by ambulance to the nearest public healthcare Emergency Department. In the Loddon Mallee region this could be the Bendigo Health Emergency Department.

The Bendigo Health Emergency Department sees around 45,000 patients each year, making it one of the busiest emergency departments in regional Victoria and busier than some metropolitan emergency departments. The Emergency Department is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals including emergency medicine specialist doctors, critical care trained nurses, nurse practitioners specialising in emergency care and physiotherapists with expertise in urgent conditions, supported technical and clerical staff.

I donate to a Melbourne hospital so why should I donate here too?

Your support will make a difference to our regional hospital. We understand that everyone has particular reasons for where they choose to support and applaud you for your generosity to your current chosen health service. We ask that you also show your generosity in your home region and consider supporting the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal. This is our region’s opportunity to become a truly World Class Health Service and as a time limited appeal we aim to raise the funds needed to purchase identified pieces of equipment that we will not otherwise have. Your generous support to the New Bendigo Hospital will be greatly appreciated by all who use our service.  It is important to remember that if you require emergency treatment, it’s more than likely you will be transported by ambulance to the nearest public healthcare Emergency Department. In the Loddon Mallee region this could be the Bendigo Health Emergency Department.

The Bendigo Health Emergency Department sees around 45,000 patients each year, making it one of the busiest emergency departments in regional Victoria and busier than some metropolitan emergency departments. The Emergency Department is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals including emergency medicine specialist doctors, critical care trained nurses, nurse practitioners specialising in emergency care and physiotherapists with expertise in urgent conditions, supported technical and clerical staff.

How can I donate?

There are several ways to donate including online, cheque or money order via post or by delivering in person to the Bendigo Health Foundation office.  A tax receipt will be provided for donations to the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal.

Can I donate on a regular basis through workplace giving?

Please contact Bendigo Health Director Jane Anderson on 5454 9169 to discuss workplace giving.

Can I donate goods or services?

The New Bendigo Hospital Appeal is raising funds to purchase specific items. If you have goods or services to donate please contact Bendigo Health Director Jane Anderson.

Can I spread my donation out over time?

Yes, you can make a donation on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis. You can also make a single donation.

Examples:

  • I want to donate $10,000 but can’t afford to do it all at once. – You can choose to donate regularly over the three year campaign period via direct debit or other agreement.
  • I want to donate in line with my Business Activity Statements which I do on a monthly/quarterly basis and then top up if I can at the end of the financial year. You  can choose to make a payment at the same time as your Business Activity Statement lodgement and at tax planning time allocate a lump sum or additional payment/s.
  • I don’t want to be locked in to giving a regular amount, I just want to give when I can. Thank you, we are really pleased to make the process suit you and we are able to facilitate regular and one off donations.
  • I want to donate
    • in memory of my mum who was cared for at Bendigo Health. Can I get people to donate in her memory too? Will they be able to leave a message to say it is in her memory? Will you let me know if anyone has donated in her memory? – Yes, you can donate in memory of you Mum and we can also accept donations in her honour via phone, in person, online or with donation envelopes at her service. Thank you for honouring her memory by supporting Bendigo Health.
    • In celebration of the birth of my baby/in celebration of my wedding/birthday/other event. Will you let me know if anyone has made a donation to celebrate this? – Yes, you can donate in celebration of your baby’s birth/wedding/birthday/other.  We can also accept donations via phone, in person, online or with donation envelopes at your celebration event. Thank you for supporting Bendigo Health through your special event.

Will I be publicly recognised for donating and how?

You can choose to make a private or public donation.  Please contact the Bendigo Health Foundation team to discuss options for public recognition and we shall endeavour to assist with your wishes. Examples of public recognition are announcements on the Bendigo Health Foundation website, social media posts, Bendigo Health Foundation event mentions.

How will you recognise people for donating?

Please refer to the Bendigo Health Foundation or the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal naming rights policy to view the various levels and manner in which donations are recognised. All donations over $2 will receive an official Bendigo Health Foundation receipt. As a general rule, donations greater than $10,000 will be placed on the donor board which will be located in the entrance to the new Bendigo Hospital.