The Foundation raises money specifically for MTHCS. While Government funding provides the essentials for our local health service, the funds raised by the Foundation make it possible for MTHCS to do more to provide the best care for our communities.
The Foundation is a separate entity to MTHCS and is managed by a board of seven local directors, who have a proud history of supporting health services in our communities over many years. Together, the directors use their professional expertise and local networks to ensure all money raised goes directly to what our communities need most.
The Directors are:
The Foundation has recently achieved its first priority, funding nearly $65,000 to purchase two new Zoll X series Defibrillator/Monitors that will be installed at Ouyen and Sea Lake Urgent Care Centres. These state-of-the-art defibrillators will help save the lives of those who are experiencing sudden and life-threatening loss of heart function that stops blood flow to vital organs during a cardiac arrest.
The units will replace the existing defibrillators and have the extra capability to monitor cardiac and vital signs, enable automatic and manual defibrillation and are fitted with a 12 lead Electrocardiogram. They are also compatible with Ambulance Victoria units which will streamline handover of patients in an emergency situation.
Initial and ongoing training is currently being conducted for all personnel in the Urgent Care Centre settings to ensure they will be familiar and ready to operate the devices.
In addition to the Zoll X series Defibrillator/Monitors, the Foundation is also raising money for a Workforce Scholarship program that will operate over the next five years. This program will help MTHCS staff members access important training and education to improve skills and knowledge.
Annie Brown was recently awarded a scholarship to undertake a Diploma of Early Years Education and Care.
The Foundation’s future funding priorities remain flexible and will reflect the needs of the health service.
People can support the Foundation of Mallee Track in several ways:
The Foundation strengthens and complements the work of the auxiliaries – and the auxiliaries continue to play a vital and important role in supporting MTHCS. The Foundation has deductable Gift Recipient status, which enables anyone to donate and receive a tax benefit.
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