Indigo North Health Inc is a public not for profit health service that exists to meet the health needs of the people in our catchment.
The health of individuals and the strength and vitality of their communities is fundamentally important to us. It forms the basis of our strategic direction and underpins our decision making process.
Indigo North Health plays a pivotal role in assisting individuals and communities to achieve the best possible health outcomes.
To promote the health and well being of individuals and communities.
- To enhance the health of the community through the principles of equity, person-centred care and community engagement
- To respond to community needs through building and strengthening external relationships
- To promote a culture of research and learning
- To conduct organisational business in accordance with relevant best practice principles
We are a public not for profit health service with its primary base in Rutherglen in North East Victoria. We can be found 45 kilometres South West from Albury/Wodonga and 45 kilometres North West of Wangaratta. The Murray River and nearby Corowa are 10 kilometres away.
Rutherglen is famous for its vineyards and restaurants. It offers primary and secondary education along with a wide range of sporting options.
We also have a campus at Chiltern located on the Hume Freeway 15 kilometres away. Steeped in history Chiltern offers the visitor a chance to step back in time. The colonial architecture has provided the backdrop for a number of movies. Chiltern offers primary school education, has numerous sporting clubs and is a close commute to both Albury/Wodonga and Wangaratta.
Indigo North Health Catchment Area
The catchment for our services is referred to as Indigo North; that is the northern segment of Indigo Shire, with the boundaries being the Murray River, Hume Freeway and LGA borders of the Rural City of Wangaratta and the City of Wodonga.
The catchment for Indigo North Health comprises the communities and surrounds of Barnawartha, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Wahgunyah.
Indigo North Health Organisational Structure
A New Beginning
The first of July 2008 marked a new direction for health services in Indigo Shire. This was the first day of Indigo North Health Inc. (INH) which arose from the amalgamation of Chiltern & District Health Service with Glenview Community Care Inc. The prospect of amalgamating evolved from discussions involving Board members of both organisations, the first of which took place in October 2007.
The creation of Indigo North Health Inc combined 120 years of health services. In 1939 health services in Rutherglen began in the form of Rutherglen Bush Nursing Hospital. Over the years the hospital grew and evolved from a Bush Nursing Hospital to a District Hospital. By the early eighties the hospital’s acute status had diminished. Following lengthy discussions between the hospital’s board and state and federal departments the hospital became Glenview Community Care in 1990; a provider of residential aged care and community health services. Services continued to expand over the next two decades.
Health services commenced in Chiltern on October 4th 1959 with the official opening of the Chiltern & District Bush Nursing Hospital. The hospital commenced with six beds. Complete with operating theatre and nursery the facility was considered extremely modern. Air conditioning, oil powered heating, telephones and radios ensured the comfort of patients at the time. Bed numbers increased over the years and the hospital evolved into Chiltern & District Health Service. However it too suffered the same fate as Rutherglen and in 2006 closed its bed-based services. It operated as a provider of some community based services until the decision to amalgamate was made.
As at 1st January 2010 the following persons were life governors of Indigo North Health:
Mr Malcolm Campbell
Mrs Irene Cracknell OAM
Mr Syd Diffey (deceased)
Mr David Fara
Mrs Elsie Gray (deceased)
Mr John Hotson (deceased)
Mr Max Jasper
Mr William McLean Snr (deceased)
Mr William Meagher
Mrs Olive Nesbitt
Mr M (Frank) O’Keefe
Mr Charles Raynor (deceased)
Mr Ian Smithwick
Mrs Heather Stephens
Mr Ian Stones