Rural Northwest Health

Moving together through change to provide innovative rural health care

History and profile

Providing health care services to the region since 1891, Rural Northwest Health was created in 1999 from the amalgamation of Warracknabeal District Hospital, Hopetoun Bush Nursing Hospital and Beulah Pioneers Bush Nursing Hospital.


Mission and values

The key focus of Rural Northwest Health is caring and supporting people to be healthy and living a full life. Our logo represents this by the carer reaching out and embracing its community over the broad horizon. Our staff provides care and programs that offer wide reaching community support and a warm and comforting approach.

Rural Northwest Health is committed to achieving the best health for the Wimmera Mallee community. We recognise our consumer’s total needs in order for them to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. We believe that our consumers are entitled to quality health care that respects their dignity, beliefs and rights regardless of their cultural, spiritual or socio-economic background.


Facilities and services

The population for Yarriambiack Shire is 6674 (ABS, census 2016). Rural Northwest Health covers the northern part of the Shire and shares the southern part with West Wimmera Health Service. Between our three campuses at Warracknabeal, Beulah and Hopetoun, we provide a comprehensive range of acute, aged and primary health services to the local community.


Recent improvements to services

To modernise Rural Northwest Health facilities new campuses were constructed at Hopetoun and Warracknabeal in 2008, with Stage two of Warracknabeal’s redevelopment including Community Health and Acute Care wings opening in 2016.


What makes us different

In 2017, Rural Northwest Health won the public sector excellence in aged care award for its exclusive ABLE model of care and the extension of its memory support nurse.  Rural Northwest Health’s ABLE model focuses on the ability of each individual resident so they have continued capacity and the opportunity to keep doing things that they want to do. Its fundamental principles are Abilities & capabilities, Background – focusing on the individual, Leadership and organisational culture and Environment – physically stimulating, welcoming and ability focused.

We use the FiSH philosophy as a basis for our approach to care and a way to ensure we are person centred in everything that we do. The four elements are: Choose your attitude, Play & be Creative, Make their Day and Be There. We believe that cared for people, care for people.

The theme of our graduate program is unique – ‘Preparing our future clinical leaders’. Rural nursing can be challenging. We care for people of all ages and a broad range of health conditions. We work with General Practitioners that are not ‘on-staff’ and we have limited support services such as pathology. This means that nurses have to step up early and be able to take blood, perform IV cannulation, Advanced Life Support, work in Urgent Care, as well as work as a team leader in Aged Care. We focus on the skills you need to be a successful rural nurse, which are also skills that are highly sought after in larger hospitals.



The primary campus of Rural Northwest Health is on Dimboola Road at Warracknabeal.  The site has 12 Acute Care beds, 2 Urgent Care beds and offers the widest range of services, a 60 bed Residential Aged Care Unit that includes a  15-bed memory support unit.

The second-largest site is that at Mitchell Place in Hopetoun.  Hopetoun is formally zoned ‘Remote’ and offers Residential Aged Care for 24 consumers, 4 Acute Care beds and 2 Urgent Care beds.

Our smallest campus is at the corner of Henty Highway and Bell Street in Beulah.  At time of writing, it is open three days a week for services such as medical clinic, massage therapy, social work, podiatry, diabetes education, and exercise physiology and physiotherapy.


Key statistics

  • 16 acute beds and 84 Residential Aged Care beds across Warracknabeal and Hopetoun Campuses.
  • RNH serves 4,866 people (ABS Census data 2006) within the Yarriambiack Shire.
  • 290 employees across the three sites


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