A new community rehabilitation centre was launched at Benalla Health last Wednesday.
The centre, which is the brainchild of Benalla Health chair Janine Holland, has been in the works for nearly two years.
‘‘The new centre came about as part of our strategic plan to strengthen the services we supply to our community in terms of our rehabilitation and particularly in positioning Benalla as provider of choice when the NDIS came online, which it did last month,’’ Ms Holland said.
‘‘The facility is a contemporary space which will allow us to strengthen our current rehabilitation program but also support us to grow into the future.
‘‘It will allow us to do some innovation around community-based groups and individual programs.
‘‘We’re really thrilled with the outcome we have been able to achieve with the community and our staff working together and we’re really pleased to be able to offer a choice close to home to our community, who it is a privilege to serve.’’
In February 2016, Ms Holland pitched the idea of refurbishing the A. L. Berry building at Benalla Health to the board of directors.
The board was asked to find a way to fund the complete refurbishment of the building so a contemporary community rehabilitation centre with a modernised day activities area could be established.
It did so with the help of the local community.
The centre was partially funded by the people of Benalla and surrounding districts who donated to annual appeals in 2016 and 2017, raising more than $99000 to support the renovation.
The centre includes a new gym, consultation rooms, day activities room and a kitchen.
The refurbished facility will accommodate existing allied health and nursing programs as well as supporting future goals with the NDIS.