Food scraps going full circle
Ballarat Health Services (BHS) and a local worm farm have teamed up to ensure food scraps generated at the Base Hospital and at the Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC) go full circle.
Davo’s Worm Farms at Broomfield, near Creswick, makes regular daily collections of waste food from the Base Hospital Cafeteria and the QEC kitchen.
The food scraps are used as worm food at Davo’s farm. The worms then produce compost and worm juice from the scraps.
Some of the compost generated is returned to BHS, for use on the vegetable patch at the Geoffrey Cutter Centre in Ballarat East.
Assistant Manager Environmental Services, Shane Quinlan, said the disposal of food scraps to a worm farm had benefits for everyone.
“By sending our food scraps to the worm farm, we have actively diverted a significant amount of waste from going to landfill. It also assists with our approach towards a sustainable environment.”
Activities Coordinator at Geoffrey Cutter Centre, Brian Pitman, said the wo ...
BHS and BADAC continue to close the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare gap
For more than a decade, Ballarat Health Services (BHS) has been working closely with the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) to improve the health of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
With the average life expectancy of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander around 10-17 years lower than that of a non-Aboriginal person, National Close the Gap Day is being held on Thursday 19 March 2015 to raise awareness and take action in support of health equality by 2030.
Since 2004, BHS and BADAC have worked in partnership to address gaps in service provision and provide a strategic approach to improving Aboriginal health.
Over the past 11 years, the partnership has resulted in a number of significant achievements, including:
Improved attendance at outpatient clinics and enhanced discharge planning processes.
The appointment of a Midwife for Indigenous Maternity Services to provide high quality, consistent and culturally sensitive care f ...
Ballarat Health Services staff dress up for Cultural Diversity
This week is Cultural Diversity Week (14-22 March), and Ballarat Health Services (BHS) staff have dressed for the occasion.
Cultural Diversity Week is held annually and is an opportunity for all Victorians to come together to share their culture, faith and language.
BHS staff participated in a National Dress Day today, in which they were encouraged to wear their national outfit to work or an item that symbolized their national dress.
BHS Learning and Development Manager, Megan Ali, said Ballarat Health Services was a strong supporter of cultural diversity.
“We have a culturally diverse workforce, with staff coming from more than 60 different nations,” she said.
“Each year during Cultural Diversity Week, we celebrate the many diverse and interesting backgrounds of our patients, clients, residents and staff.
“Cultural Diversity Week is a great opportunity to learn about other interesting cultures and share stories about your own background with others,” Ms Ali ...
Base Hospital access
To access all wards and clinics, you can enter the hospital via:
The Mair Street car park entrance (adjacent to Radiology) and take the purple lifts or
The Sturt Street entrance, take the blue lift to level one and follow the red line to the purple lifts to wards and clinics
Patient drop off zones are available in the Mair Street carpark and outside the Sturt Street entry.
For access to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Pharmacy, Dialysis and Ballarat Consulting Suites, enter via the Sturt Street ground floor.
Entry to the Emergency Department is via Mair Street.
Car parking is available in the Mair Street multi-storey car park
Disabled parking is available on the ground level of the Mair Street carpark and in front of the Sturt Steet entrance of the hospital
Limited free and metered parking is available in surrounding streets