Providing health and community services to the Upper Murray area Acute care, medical clinic and other hospital services Working in the community, with the community Residential care, retirement village and hostel Proudly supporting the Upper Murray area

Upper Murray Health & Community Services

Our Vision

"Together- Strenghtening the health of our community"

Our Mission

Our mission is to work with our community for a responsible and innovative framework of a sustainability that supports sound social, economic and environmental health practices.

Our Values

At UMHCS we recognize the importance of understanding our community’s needs and for being responsible to meet these needs where possible. In doing so we will demonstrate a capacity to:

  • Respect, care and compassion for our clients, their families, our community, carers and staff
  • Connection with our community, keeping clients at the centre of what we do
  • Innovation and change, continually improving our performance and efficiency and providing quality outcomes for our clients
  • Professionalism and integrity, being open, ethical, fair and honest
  • Accountability to our clients, our organisation each other

UMHCS prides itself on positively addressing diversity in the shire. ‘Diversity’ encompasses a range of special needs groups, which specifically names the people from culturally and linguistically diverse background, e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with dementia, financially disadvantaged people and people in remote or isolated areas.

Diversity also includes developing programs specific for Gays, Bi-Sexuals, Lesbian, Transgender and Intergender groups of people.

Our History

The origins of the Health Service date back to 1897 when plans to build the Corryong Cottage Hospital were conceived.

In 1902 the foundaiton stone was laid for what then became known as the Victoria Cottage Hospital. In 1916 the foundation stone of the present hospital was laid. Over the years, the number of acute beds rose to its peak of forty-two in the 1960's and on 5th November 1983 the Upper Murray Nursing Home, a 20-bed high aged care facility, was opened.

In the early 1990's the Agency took the opportunity to apply to be funded uner the Multi-Purpose Program. This was to enable a more flexible and responsive service to be developed that would met the changing needs of our isolated rural community. In 1995 the Services was renamed Upper Murray Health & Community Services and commenced operation as a Multi-Purpose Service (MPS).

Today, Upper Murray Health & Community Services is a highly integrated and considerable larger organisation providing a broad range of hospital, residnetial aged care, medical and rimary health and community support services. The service also operates a Medical Clinic, Health and Fitness Centre, Retirement Village and the Australian Institute of Flexible Learning, which is a Registered Training Organisation.

Our Health Service is truly responsive to the community's needs.