Through the ongoing support of our sponsors and partners, the Bendigo Health Foundation funds health projects that make a sincere difference to the lives of our patients and their families.

Bendigo Health has been fundraising since the early 1800’s. The Bendigo Health Foundation team, with volunteer support, coordinates all fundraising for the organisation and provides a link between Bendigo Health and various groups, service clubs, individuals, corporate sponsors and philanthropic organisations.

Monies raised through the foundation, fund various aspects towards improving patient care and are allocated to areas within Bendigo Health in a number of ways. Annual funding rounds provide the opportunity for Bendigo Health staff to assist in determining where donated funds are spent across the entire service.  Staff are invited to submit applications for identified equipment and a panel is gathered to determine successful applicants.

With your support the following items were purchased during the 2018/2019 financial year. Thankyou!

Golden Oaks redevelopment

Redevelopment works at the Golden Square nursing home site have included the creation of the new link building, lifestyle spaces, bedroom upgrades and staff rooms and offices. There is also a new fresh cook kitchen to prepare residents’ meals onsite and a new café. The new link building joins Golden Oaks Nursing Home with Carshalton House.

Delta dogs

Each week, four-legged visitors brighten up the days of patients in the Bendigo Hospital. Therapy dogs have been used in the hospital for a number of years, visiting different wards and our Cancer Centre. The volunteer dogs, provided through the Delta Society’s dog therapy program, help normalise a patient’s admission to hospital.

Transperineal biopsy machine

Transperineal biopsy equipment is becoming the standard of care and ensures an accurate and safer approach to the biopsy of the prostate, it also has lower rates of infection post procedure. This results in timely diagnosis and treatment for men with prostate cancer. We thank the many groups and events that donated to help us get this equipment, it truly was a wonderful collaboration.

Phototherapy arms

These two pieces of equipment will mean that babies are able to stay in Bendigo for treatment as opposed to being transferred to Melbourne which is a massive advantage to our families and their wellbeing. They provide a special type of light to treat conditions such as jaundice in newborns.

Residential Care, Golden Oaks Redevelopement
• Computers and software
• Oven
• Lifestyle and café furniture and cabinetry
• Building signage
• Fire place

Residential Care, Gibson Street Complex
• Two Curocell mattresses

Residential Care, Simpkin House
• Five round arm/high back dining chairs

Cancer Centre
• Mould room couch
• Cold caps
• Recovery yoga

• Airway trainer and cardiac output monitor

Community Allied Health Services Dietitians
• Two Harpenden skinfold calipers
• Bariatric scales

• Systoe machine

• Cough assist machine
• Pilates reformer

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
• Bariatric exercise bike
• Pressure guardian machine

Allied Health
• High level strengthening equipment and exercise bike

Inpatient Rehabilitation
• Brain Trainer Plus

Advance Care Planning
• Advance Care Planning brochure “Giving our mob a voice”

Pastoral Care
• Teleprompter for Sacred Space recording

Mental Health, Older Persons Unit
• Sara Steady lift machine

Mental Health Services, 8 Olinda Street Centre and Library
• Portable CD/DVD players for loan
• Audio books, books and DVDs
• Health promotion displays items
• Two desktop DVD/CD/literature holder
• Two portable book brochure display rack

Youth Mental Health Services
• Seven bikes and helmets
• Sensory kit

Mental Health, Parent Infant Unit
• Medela Symphony breastpump

Women’s Ward and Birthing Suite
• Birthing mats
• Resus cot
• Atom ups power pack for resus cot
• Books for Babies

Hospice and Palliative Care
• Relocation of Palliative Care from Chum House Day Hospice to Streams of Care building
• Golvo 9000 Hoist

• Four ambulatory blood pressure monitors

Intensive Care Unit
• TEG (Thromboelastogram)

Renal Dialysis
• EquaGel chair cushion

Dental Services
• 20 black vinyl visitor chairs
• 12  bariatric chairs
• Two smart TVs

Emergency Department
• Emergency Patient Clothing Program
• Children’s colouring books