Western District Health Service

at 20 Foster Street, Hamilton, 3300 Australia

Our Vision Excellence in healthcare, putting people first

Western District Health Service
20 Foster Street
Hamilton , VIC 3300
Contact Phone
P: 03 5551 8222


Western District Health Service (WDHS) is based in Hamilton, Coleraine and Penshurst in the Southern Grampians Shire and Merino in the Glenelg Shire in Western Victoria. WDHS incorporates Frances Hewett Community Centre, Grange Residential Care Services, Hamilton Base Hospital (HBH), Coleraine District Health Service (CDHS), Penshurst & District Health Service (PDHS), the National Centre for Farmer Health, the Merino Community Health Centre and youth4youth. The primary catchment area for WDHS is the Southern Grampians and northern part of the Glenelg Shires with smaller catchments from neighbouring Shires including south east South Australia. The main campus of WDHS is Hamilton Base Hospital which provides 72 beds offering a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services, sub acute, intensive care and a Regional Trauma Service. Self sufficiency for core acute services for the primary catchment area is around 80%. There are two Residential Aged Care facilities in Hamilton. The Birches is a 45 bed high care residential aged care facility which includes 30 beds for high care dementia and three psychogeriatric beds. It also provides one bed for palliative care. The other 50 bed aged care facility; The Grange, is high care with ageing in place. Twenty eight Home Care packages are also provided from the Grange. The Primary and Preventative Health Division (P&PH) located on the HBH campus at the Frances Hewett Centre and Hamilton House Allied Health Centre offers a comprehensive range of Allied Health, primary, preventative health promotion and education programs including a Youth Outreach service and the South West Community Transport program. A range of corporate and clinical specialist services are provided from the HBH campus to other neighbouring Health and Community Service providers. The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH), which is a partnership between WDHS and Deakin University, was established on the HBH site in November 2008. The National Centre, the first of its kind in Australia is a research, education and service delivery centre for the health, wellbeing and safety of farm families and farm workers. WDHS also has two small multipurpose service campuses located at Coleraine and Penshurst and operates a Community Health Centre at Merino. The Coleraine District Health Service completed a $27 million capital redevelopment in October 2013 to establish a one-stop shop health precinct for the Coleraine community. The new campus provides 10 beds for low level medical acute, mainly chronic illness and convalescence from surgery and 51 aged care residential beds, 25 independent living units (ILUs), and the Thomas Hodgetts Community Centre which provides a medical clinic and a range of primary and allied health services provided on an outreach basis from the main Hamilton campus. The Community Health Centre located in Merino acts as first responder for accident and illness. It also provides District Nursing, health and wellbeing programs, a part time Planned Activity Group program, a weekly GP clinic with visiting Podiatry, Dietitian and Diabetes Educator provided monthly through Glenelg Outreach. The Penshurst campus provides six low level acute medical beds for chronic illness, 17 high care and 10 low care beds for aged residents, a medical clinic, 10 Independent Living Units (six at Dunkeld, four at Penshurst) with primary and allied health provided on an outreach basis from Hamilton. A redevelopment of the Kolor Lodge was completed and officially opened in November 2013. WDHS is the auspice agency for the Southern Grampians/Glenelg Primary Care Partnership. In line with WDHS strategic and service plans, a capital master plan for the Hamilton and Penshurst campuses was completed and will provide the framework for the redevelopment of facilities over the next 10 to 15 years to meet the future long term needs of our community.

How To Get to Western District Health Service

Hamilton Town Bus Buses run on 90 minutes intervals Phone: 5571 1682 or 5571 2598 Email: cruhlt@bigpond.com Taxis of Hamilton 5571 1200

Opening time

  • Mondays: 09:00- 17:30
  • Tuesdays: 09:00- 17:30
  • Wednesdays: 09:00- 17:30
  • Thursdays: 09:00- 17:30
  • Fridays: 09:00- 17:30

General Info

Western District Health Service is a Sub Regional referral service with a proud reputation as one of Victoria’s leading and innovative Rural and Regional Health Service providers. We have a strong commitment to our vision in striving for Excellence in Healthcare for Everyone Every Time through a person centred care service model.

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