You can view the recording from the 2021 AGM below:

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You can view the recording from the 2021 AGM below:


From Monday 3rd January 2022 opening hours will be Monday – Saturday 7.30am-9.30am until further notice.

Please wear your masks in the car when speaking to staff in the screening stations. Especially important when people are coming to get tested and have been exposed or are symptomatic.

Please note: Symptomatic Domestic Travel testing is also available during this period at Clinical Labs on McCrae Street.

You are required to isolate whilst your await your test result if you are symptomatic

You are not required to isolate whilst your await your test result if you are testing for the purpose of domestic travel

For test results go to or phone the COVID Test Result hotline: 1800 573 222

Click here for more information

We are currently seeking interest from community members to be involved in our Governance Board Sub-Committees.

By participating in a committee you can help us continually improve the way we deliver care and be involved in decisions that can have a positive impact across our region.

We are currently seeking consumer representatives for our:
• Corporate Governance Sub-Committee
• Clinical Governance Sub-Committee

The Corporate Governance Sub-Committee meets bi-monthly on the 3rd Wednesday and its role is to monitor and
oversee the Health Service’s financial performance and financial reporting processes including the annual financial
statements, financial snapshot, risk management practices and internal auditing.

The Clinical Governance Sub-Committee meets bi-monthly on the 3rd Wednesday (alternative months to the Corporate Governance) and its role is to monitor and oversee the quality of care and services and reduce clinical risk by means of specific recommendations to the Board and to review, monitor and oversee the Clinical Governance Framework and various quality and related activities.

• Out-of-pocket expenses for items such as travel and child care will be reimbursed.
• Meetings can be attended virtually through a secure video conferencing platform.
• Meeting duration is no longer than 1.5 hours.
• A comprehensive orientation and introduction into the public health care system and ongoing support will be

If you are interested in helping us achieve connected care and best experience please express your interest in joining one of these committees, along with any relevant qualifications, to the Chief Executive Officer, Peter Abraham, by email to For more information you can also call 5033 9317.

Local Story

What’s it like, having your children swabbed?

“There was an exposure site at the school my two attend, and the three of us had sore throats and both children had sniffles, so we were quick to come and be tested” so said mother of two, KB, as she lined up to be swabbed on Tuesday.

As a health professional and mother of an 8 and 10 year old, KB is well aware of the consequences, if any of the family contracts COVID.

“I just want everyone with the slightest symptom to be tested. It’s the only way we can protect our families, friends and the community”.

“The staff are doing a terrific job – we moved through the queue at a good pace, they explained everything, and did an excellent job making sure they kept their distance.

The swabs were good, they didn’t hurt, even for the kids. It was a good experience all round, and we all felt a lot safer”, KB said as she left the swabbing area and headed home to isolate while they waited for the results.

KB’s 10 year old chipped in saying “Some kids think it might hurt, but it doesn’t, the staff are very good and it’s easy, and quite quick. I didn’t mind it at all”.

“We are so lucky we live in Swan Hill, everyone cares for each other, everyone looks out for each other… that doesn’t always happen in bigger places,” KB said.

Anything else you want to say KB? “Yes…. if everyone keeps being careful, wearing masks, using sanitiser and keeping apart, we will all stay safe and help protect our community so we can keep enjoying life in this beautiful place where we live”.


The new $48.7 Million SHDH Emergency Department development project has officially commenced.

SHDH has held its first meeting for the new Emergency Department development with the Victorian Health Building Authority, the Department of Health and the appointed project consultancy team to officially commence this exciting $48.7 Million project.

The  new Emergency Department development  will include:

  • 15 treatment rooms plus a 4 bed Short Stay Unit
  • A small extension to Radiology
  • A new  entry into the Hospital  with a reception area
  • New  larger waiting areas
  • A new Café
  • Staff office and meeting areas

The project consultants appointed to support this development are:

  • Silver Thomas Hanley- Architects
  • Aurecon – Project Manager
  • Lehr Consultants International (Engineering Services)
  • Slattery (Quantity Surveyor)
  • Philip Chun Building Code Consultants (Relevant Building Surveyor)

The draft Project Program is summarised as follows:

  • Project feasibility & schematic design                                June 2021 to December 2021
  • Design development and contract documentation           January 2022 to July 2022
  • Early building works  to prepare site                                 January 2022 to June 2022
  • Major building works                                                        November 2022 to June 2024

Our Consultancy Team and the SHDH Project Team will be gaining both staff and community input into the project by way of specific User and Working groups through the design and development phase.

The flow chart below provides an overview of how this project will be managed.

A free community session is being hosted by Ian Braeur, President of the Lion’s Club at Nyah West

Date – Wednesday 23 June 2021

Time – 1.30-3.30pm

Venue – Nyah Community Hall

Free afternoon tea will be provided by representatives from the local CWA and neighbouring Tytynder CWA

To register call Ian on 0448151514

SMART Recovery meetings to launch locally

Whether it’s dependence on alcohol, drugs or gambling, SMART Recovery Australia is set to launch free group meetings locally for individuals wanting to take control of addictive behaviours.

Meeting Time: 4th February, 5.30 pm
Meeting Location:
Counselling Services, 13 Pritchard St
03 5033 9880 to register your interest

What is SMART Recovery?

SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a global group-based program using evidence-based tools to help people help each other manage addictive behaviours.

SMART Recovery provides people with all addictive behaviours with an evidence-based mutual aid program that offers people the tools to create a life beyond addiction at free weekly support group meetings, both either face-to-face and online.

The program was established in the US in 1994, has been operating in Australia for well over a decade. There are now over 350 meetings across Australia and New Zealand, including over 75 online meetings and imminent plans to grow these further.

About the meetings

  • Free and inclusive to people challenged by any type of addiction (e.g. substances, gambling, internet, sex).
  • 90 minutes in duration.
  • Groups usually range from 5-15 attendees.
  • Participants may attend if they are still using but cannot come intoxicated to the group.
  • Guided by a holistic approach located in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles and tools, and focused on practical solutions located in the ‘here and now’.
  • Each participant has an opportunity to determine their own goals and derive ideas on how to achieve them.
  • Group members help each other to set realistic and achievable goals.
  • Groups run by professionals will identify potential peer ‘champions’ who then go on to co-facilitate, and eventually run groups themselves. 

SMART Recovery Australia

SMART Recovery Australia is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to make the SMART Recovery programme accessible to everyone across Australia.

First successfully piloted at St Vincent’s Hospital in 2004, there are currently over 300 SMART Recovery groups held weekly in Australia and New Zealand, facilitated by a combination of professionals and peers (people recovering from addictive behaviours).

SMART Recovery Australia is committed to the program adapting as scientific knowledge evolves, and has a robust research advisory committee to provide ongoing research input to the program.

Power of choice
SMART Recovery Australia embraces a harm minimisation philosophy, which views control over one’s addictive behaviour as an achievement. Abstinence is not the only way to recover from addiction.

“If someone who drinks for seven days a week is able to change to drinking five or six days, that’s success,” says Josette Freeman, SMART Recovery Australia’s National Program Coordinator.

“Some people will say, ‘I really shouldn’t be here – I only have two glasses of wine a day’, but if those two glasses are causing problems in your life, you’re in the same situation as someone who uses a gram of heroin a day,” says Freeman.

For more information:

Ryan McGlaughlin

Executive Director

SMART Recovery Australia

Phone: +61 2 9373 5111



Swan Hill District Health Board Chair, Andrew Gilchrist has officially launched the Swan Hill District Health Strategic Plan 2021-2024 on behalf of the Board of Directors.

The new plan is titled ‘Leading with Purpose’ and has four key overarching strategies:

1. Delivering services that make a positive difference

2. Building a leading culture

3. Working together for improved performance

4. Creating environments for individuals to thrive

The Board of Directors, Executive team and staff at SHDH strongly believe that  Leading With Purpose Strategic Plan 2021-2024 will produce a range of benefits to our those who seek care from us and their families, staff, partners and community.

According to Mr Gilchrist, the next three years of this plan will see SHDH stepping up its role as a community and regional health service leader to enable better health experiences and outcomes for the community.

SHDH will continue to advocate for improved infrastructure and facilities, to upgrade and redevelop our buildings and infrastructure to ensure better access to safe, quality health care now and well into the future.

The Board of Directors are excited by the possibilities that lay ahead as they embark on this ambitious plan.

22nd May 2020

Welcome –Dr Sayeed Mohammed

Doctor Sayeed Mohammed joined the Swan Hill Primary Health Medical Centre (SHPHMC) this week as a General Practitioner. 

Passionate about primary care, Dr Mohammed is looking forward to serving the community in his new role.

A familiar face around town Dr Mohammed first moved to Swan Hill in 2015 and has worked at two other medical practices in the area.

Originally from a small town in South India Dr Mohammed said the Mallee feels just like home and he enjoys the work at a country practice.

Dr Mohammed completed his medical schooling in Ukraine, and also trained in emergency medicine, working in critical care for a year in India.

Dr Mohammed said his experience practicing in the Mallee has helped hone his skills as a GP.

He enjoys the broad spectrum of GP work, getting to know his patients and their different needs to tailor their medical care to each person. He also has a key interest in preventative care.