East Grampians Health Service

History and profile

East Grampians Health Service is based in Ararat and Willaura and takes its name from the magnificent mountain range that provides a backdrop to both townships.

Formed in 1995 by the merger of the Ararat and District Hospital, the Willaura and District Hospital and John Pickford House, East Grampians Health Service (EGHS) is committed to providing quality care and services that meet the needs of the community, whilst continuously striving for improvement and aiming to lead the way in provision of health related services.

William F Kneebone was the President of the Hospital in 1935 when the Employment Council made an allocation of thirty-one pounds which enabled the Committee to proceed with its rebuilding project. Carnivals, balls and fetes were held to help with the building and furnishing costs.

The new hospital would provide accommodation for 72 patients. Public patients would be accommodated on the first floor which will contain a 14-bed men’s ward, 12-bed women’s ward, 5-bed children’s ward and several smaller wards. The second floor was to include the operating suite, small wards for intermediate patients and nine single private wards.

In opening the hospital on 7th April 1937, the Hon A.E. Lind Minister of Lands, commended the people of the town and district for thier efforts to care for the sick and injured.


Our Mission

East Grampians Health Service will improve our community’s health and quality of life through strong partnerships and by responding to changing needs.

Our Vision

To be leaders in rural health care.

Our Values

We value integrity, honesty and respect in all relationships.

We value excellence as the appropriate standard for all services and practices.

Community Focus
We respect the dignity and rights of our community and acknowledge their beliefs, regardless of their cultural, spiritual or socioeconomic background.

Working together
We value equally all people who make a contribution to EGHS to achieve shared goals.

Learning Culture
We strive to continually learn and develop through education, training, mentoring and by teaching others.

EGHS will undergo developments in our peri-operative unit to expand to two large theatres, which will increase the number of surgeries conducted here.  There are also plans to expand our Radiology and Pathology Services as well as upgrade some resident rooms in 70 Lowe St, our aged care facility.



  • In-patient Unit— 18-bed acute unit covering medical, surgical, paediatric, palliative, midwifery, oncology and Urgent Care Centre.
  • 70 Lowe Street— 45-bed aged care facility (high-level care)
  • Garden View Court Hostel— 24-bed aged-care facility (low-level care)
  • Dialysis— 6 dialysis chairs, operates 6 days per week
  • Chemotherapy— 1 day per week
  • Community Nursing— nurses visit 16-24 clients/day, incorporates hospital in the home, palliative care and hospital at risk program
  • Peri-Operative Unit— two theatres, operates five days/week, six chair dialysis, opthamology, ENT, gynaecology, urology, general, orthopaedic
  • Willaura Hospital— 8 sub-acute beds, 2 nursing home beds, 10 aged care beds
  • Allied Health services to compliment nursing care including Radiology and Pathology


Graduate program

  • Two-day EGHS orientation, supernumerary days at the commencement of each rotation
  • Preceptorship model of support
  • Clinical Support five days/week
  • Program is based on current Department of Health & Human Services guidelines and evidence based practice
  • Supportive learning environment
  • Diversity of clinical rotations
  • Graduate Nurse study days with a dedicated Education Centre and Prac lab available
  • Opportunities to network with other rural graduate nurses
  • Access to multiple resources for ongoing professional development
  • Financial support for career progression
  • Corporate uniform provided
  • Free parking
  • Up to six weeks annual leave during graduate year
  • Café Pyrenees – health food options
  • Salary packaging
  • Close proximity to Grampians, lakes, wine districts and restaurants
  • Easy access to major cities Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne


Clinical Support

Clinical Support is provided by the Clinical Support Nurse/Educator and experienced preceptors in each clinical rotation. Clinical Support ensures that the graduate nurse develops their skills and knowledge in a safe and encouraging environment.

EGHS in partnership with Federation TAFE offers a Diploma of Nursing on-site at our Ararat campus.  This is ideal for our Health Care Workers who have chosen to upskill to an Enrolled Nurse – they can study locally and still continue to work at EGHS in their current role.  Members of the Education team at EGHS all teach units in the Diploma of Nursing, which provides current recency of practice for student learning.  Students are also able to complete clinical placements at EGHS, which gives them insight into a future career as an Enrolled Nurse at EGHS.  The success of this partnership has been in retaining Enrolled Nurses here at EGHS, who are the key people in creating a “grow your own” workforce.

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