25th February 2022
A new health service for Mount Alexander Shire
The Victorian Government has approved the proposal put forward by the Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health boards to come together as one organisation. The new health service will officially commence on 1 March 2022. The integration follows more than 42 years of strong collaboration and partnership between the two health services.
Sue Race, Chief Executive Officer for both Castlemaine Health and Maldon Hospital, will continue in her role as Chief Executive Officer for the newly integrated organisation. Ms Race said that staff, residents and the community can expect the same excellent care they always have, with local teams focusing on the needs of patients and residents at each health service.
Following through on the Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health boards’ commitment to develop a new overarching entity name, they have worked with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, trading as DJAARA, to find a name. DJAARA’s Language Repatriation Officer, Harley Dunolly-Lee and the Djali Balak Language committee have provided their leadership to help define a name in Dja Dja Wurrung language.
The new overarching entity name will be ‘Dhelkaya Health’. Dhelkaya’s English translation means ‘Good/Being Healthy’. The choice of an Indigenous name acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung’s traditional ownership of the lands on which we live and work and expresses our gratitude to the Dja Dja Wurrung for sharing them with us.
The Minister for Health has appointed the new board of directors, which is made up of a balanced mix of directors from both Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health.
On day one, patients, residents and families will not experience any changes to the services they receive or the staff delivering their care. There will be no significant changes to how each local health service is run day to day.
Over time the integrated organisation expects to find natural opportunities to combine and grow services. The first key step in this process will be development of a new strategic plan. Staff, volunteers and communities will be consulted to help define a shared vision and plan for the future.
Further information on the transition to one organisation and how the community can get involved in helping to shape the future of health in Mount Alexander Shire will be published at www.castlemainehealth.org.au and www.maldonhospital.org.au
February 14th, 2022
Maldon Classic – A celebration of classic steel bikes
This year The Maldon Classic staging event will be held at the Maldon Community Centre, a large, centrally located venue. The Sunday morning supported ride consists of a 52km loop and a 35 km loop out of Maldon and return for a BBQ around lunchtime. Riders choose between the two.
The Maldon Classic makes a great day or weekend out. All funds raised go to Maldon Hospital.
COVID-19 Latest Updates
April 20th, 2022
As the peak of the Omicron wave begins to subside, Victoria will move into winter safely with most restrictions removed from 11.59pm, Friday 22 April.
It is heartening to see the Minister for Health start to ease restrictions for members of our community but this does not mean that the heightened risk of serious illness from COVID-19 has diminished for our aged care residents.
Amongst many changes announced, the Minister has advised that visitor restrictions in hospitals will be removed, except for mask requirements. Please note however, that for Maldon Hospital, as our Acute Hospital Beds sit under the same roof as our Aged Care residents, we are applying the same visiting restrictions across the entire Hospital.
Visitor restrictions in care facilities will be retained to protect the vulnerable. Residents can currently have up to 5 visitors per day if each show a negative rapid antigen test result. As a result, the current visiting rules for Maldon Hospital will remain in place until further notice.
Important information to visitors to Maldon Hospital – Please read
Here, we provide more general information on how Maldon Hospital is managing residential care in response to COVID-19.
Current visitor restrictions
Visitor restrictions for Maldon Hospital are as follows:
Residents and patients will be limited to five visitors per day.
Visitors will be asked to show a negative rapid antigen test, evidence of COVID-19 vaccination prior to entry and wear an N95 mask for the duration of the visit. An N95 mask offers improved protection from
transmission in comparison with surgical masks. An N95 mask will be supplied to visitors on
Evidence of a negative rapid antigen test is required for entry.
Unvaccinated visitors are strongly discouraged from visiting at this time for the protection of our residents and staff. However, if there is a compelling reason for visiting (e.g.
compassionate grounds) then please contact the Nurse in Charge to discuss your
In order to safely manage flow in and out of the building whilst continuing to ensure the safety of our residents, patients and staff, our current visiting hours are 10am to 4pm.
Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell with any symptoms of illness. We have robust
infection control procedures in place but there is always a risk of transmission, so the best way
to protect the health of our residents is to stay at home until you are well.
Remember that visiting outside 10am to 4pm takes nursing staff away from providing care. If
you are unable to visit during these times or would like to discuss compassionate visits, please
speak with a member of the management team.
Staffing across Maldon Hospital
Like so many other health services across the state, we are working incredibly hard right now
to manage staffing levels amidst high levels of staff absences. These absences are due to a
mixture of illness, planned leave and the impact of our COVID-19 furlough protocols which
require staff to isolate at home if they are identified as a close contact.
Our dedicated staff are going above and beyond to continue to ensure that our patients and residents are not impacted by the current crisis. In this context, we ask you to be mindful and patient when phoning and visiting. Our staff may not respond immediately to phone calls and doorbells because caring for residents always take first priority. This means you may sometimes have a short wait.
Personal Protective Equipment changes
We recently received a new directive from the Department of Health around PPE for staff, so
you may notice our staff are now wearing N95 masks. We are also providing staff with priority
access to rapid antigen tests in line with our COVID-19 furlough protocols to help increase
protection for our staff and residents from COVID-19
Thanks for having your say on the future of healthcare
The Boards of Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health have completed the community engagement period of our exploration for voluntary amalgamation. We reported our findings back to the community in a live-streamed webinar on 16 December.
The Community Presentation detailing the engagement findings is now available to download.
Maldon Hospital 2021 Annual General Meeting
The 2021 Maldon Hospital AGM was held on 16 December. A video of the event, along with the 2020-21 Annual Report, is now available at Corporate Information page
2021 Remembrance Service of Reflections and Memories
Maldon Hospital offers up our Remembrance Service of Reflections and Memories as an online video.
Continuing COVID-19 restrictions require everyone to be flexible, responsive and creative. We are no different. Our annual memorial service can be watched by family, friends, staff and the local community.
The service, which began in 2019, brings together loved ones to remember and give thanks for the lives of patients, residents and clients of Maldon Hospital who died between 1 December 2019 and 30 November 2020.
Changes to Maldon Hospital Urgent Care Response
Maldon Hospital is changing the way it is delivering urgent care to its community. From this Friday, 17 September, the hospital will no longer run an Urgent Care Centre.
Castlemaine Health CEO Sue Race said, “The hospital will still be providing urgent care to our community, but there will be some differences. In any emergency, nothing changes – if you require immediate emergency care dial 000 and an ambulance will be called.
“If you require non-emergency care, call the hospital. We will advise you on whether to come in for assessment and first aid at Maldon Hospital or direct you to another health service such as Castlemaine Health or Bendigo Health.
“The main change is that we will no longer have the capacity to provide advanced life support at Maldon Hospital.”
Attendance at the Urgent Care Centre has been declining in recent years with around five people visiting the centre each month, and many Maldon residents already opting to attend Castlemaine Hospital or other health services for injuries or illness that need attention.
Board Chair of Maldon Hospital, Vanessa Healy said, “Maldon Hospital and Castlemaine Health have a close relationship, sharing a CEO and many staff, and with Castlemaine Hospital just 15 minutes away it makes sense that we should be sharing our resources.”
She added, “With a changing demographic, we need to ensure the way we operate best reflects the way our community uses the hospital and allows Maldon Hospital to support our aged care residents, our people and manage clinical risk.
Read the FAQs to find out more.
New Transitional Care Program
Maldon Hospital is pleased to offer the community Transitional Care Program. This program supports local people transitioning from acute hospital or rehabilitation stays, to either home or an aged care facility. We can assist with time limited services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy or assistance with hygiene until you meet your goals.
Please contact the District Nurses on 0409 794 182 for more information.
COVID 19 UPDATES
For more information, see Keeping Victorian Workers In Key Sectors Safe.
Asymptomatic people in the community who want to check if they have COVID-19 should not get a PCR test. They should opt for Rapid Antigen Tests, and if they are currently unavailable, should continue to monitor for symptoms and stay COVID Safe.
If you’re aged 18 or over and had your second vaccination four or more months ago, you’re eligible for your third dose. You can get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines regardless of the COVID-19 vaccine you received for your initial doses.
Otherwise, to obtain your vaccination, please use the vaccine clinic finder to find a participating GP or pharmacy.
Links and contacts
- Vaccinations, including how to book and where to go
- Where to get tested
- How to get your COVID-19 digital certificate
To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
Please click below for more information:
- Cleaning and disinfecting to reduce COVID-19 transmission
- Fact Sheet – What can you do to stay safe from Coronavirus
- Fact Sheet – Close Contact Coronavirus
- How to wear a face mask
- What to do if you’ve tested positive for coronavirus-COVID-19
Where to get tested
If you’re not registered with a local GP clinic or you are experiencing symptoms, the nearest testing facilities are Bendigo Health, Maryborough District Health Service and Castlemaine Community Health
- Bendigo Health- please look on their web site
- Castlemaine District Community Health(CHIRP)- please look on their web site
Testing is not undertaken at Maldon Hospital
Older Person Hotline – Coronavirus support
This hotline can provide older people, their family and carers with personal support, answer questions and up to date information on the latest guidelines enacted by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government has indicated older people and carers are welcome to call the hotline on
1800 171 866 to speak to trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation.
We have now reopened our Main Entrance between 7am and 8pm. All people entering the hospital will be expected to undergo screening and complete an attestation via the QR code reader in the entry. A green tick must be viewed by staff prior to entering the Hospital Please note that this is a requirement of the Department of Health. Staff are able to assist visitors complete their attestation as required. After hours access (ie. between 8pm and 7am) will continue via the After Hours entrance.
We thank you for your efforts in keeping residents, patients and staff safe.
Our valued volunteers are encouraged to consider their health and safety during the pandemic. Volunteers are invited back once COVID training has occurred. We ask all volunteers to participate in screening. Volunteers are suspended during any lockdown restrictions.
Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.
The most common coronavirus symptoms reported include:
- Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
- Sore throat
- Fatigue or tiredness.
- Other symptoms include loss of smell or taste, muscle fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
For more information please go to DHHS website or click here