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Wimmera Health Care Group acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land – the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali Wergaia and Jupagalk peoples. We pay our respects to the Elders, both past and present, and commit to working together in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect to benefit the health of the broader community and future generations. Wimmera Health Care Group is based in the Wimmera sub-region of the Grampians, 310 km west of Melbourne and in close proximity to the Grampians National Park. With an operating budget of approximately $87 million, Wimmera Health Care Group is a leading rural health service providing allied, acute, subacute, primary and residential aged care in the Grampians region of Victoria. Employing approximately 850 staff, we are the subregional, acute referral hospital for the Wimmera region and provide a wide range of specialist services. Our campuses in Horsham and Dimboola service an area of 61,000 square kilometres and a population of approximately 54,000. Every year Wimmera Health Care Group treats more than 10,000 inpatients, 16,000 emergency patients and 123, 000 outpatients. Since 1975, Wimmera Health Care Group has been continually accredited. We have voluntarily met or exceeded the stringent patient care standards for competence, staffing, facilities and equipment set by the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards. Wimmera Health Care Group plays an important role in the education and training of health professionals. Our Horsham campus (Wimmera Base Hospital is recognised by universities and medical and nursing bodies as a training and teaching centre for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. This alone is a tangible indicator of the efficiency and effectiveness of how the organisation is run. It is also testament to the dedication and commitment of staff and Board members who contribute to our endeavours to maintain and improve the quality of health care services. The Wimmera Health Service was established in 1874 as the Horsham Hospital and was incorporated by the authority of the Hospitals and Charities Act (No. 5300) on 27th August 1877. In 1950, the name was changed to Wimmera Base Hospital and, following a formal amalgamation with Dimboola District Hospital on 1st November 1995, became officially known as Wimmera Health Care Group.