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December 18, 2020

An AGM with a difference

Everything is being done a little ‘differently’ this year and our Annual General Meeting was certainly on the list.

MHS’ priority is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our residents, staff and community and due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, including restrictions on gatherings and travelling, we hosted our 2020 Annual General Meeting(AGM) online, rather than being held in person.

Our audience tuned in as Uncle Lachie and Mel Steffenson delivered Welcome to Country, followed by Karen our Board Chair, and Jackie our CEO’s look back at an extraordinary year and ahead to our role of ensuring we deliver the Best Care – Every person, every time to our community. Gabe Baudinette, our Finance Office provided an overview of the Financial Report 2019-2020. We also launched our new brand and new website, following an extensive consultation journey spanning 18 months which will be important tools for us going forward. MHS worked in collaboration with local graphic designer Jody Miller from Mr Walter Consultancy, known for working with organisations to grow through brand-driven creativity.

Moving away from the clipper in the old MHS logo, which served our business well, our new logo speaks to more than just the nautical part of the community. Incorporating abstract visuals of geographical and social icons in the MHS area, including water, industry, community, farming/crops, the Griffith Island lighthouse, music and sea-life, the new logo will be rolled out over the summer months both within the facility and throughout the community.

Our new website(featuring our new brand) is focussed on taking our fantastic facility and service offering into the future in a way that really connects with the community.

Our old website was outdated, hard to navigate and didn’t house nearly enough information. We needed something that would reflect the needs of our community and something that would grow and change as our people and business grows and changes. Our new website is well thought out, easy-to-use and is now live to view at

We proudly announced the recipients of this year’s Hilary Hamilton Education Scholarship; Daniel Carr, Sonya Gibson and Nadine Pritchard have all been awarded scholarships to undertake studies in the field or General Nursing, Clinical Coding and Leadership.

Our special guest this year, Julie Holcombe from the Heather Holcombe Memorial spoke on the Foundation’s partnership with MHS spanning 20 years. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Heather Holcombe Memorial, which raises funds and awareness for the palliative care unit at MHS. Julie lost her sister-in-law Heather after a battle with cancer at age 40, and has worked hard, along with Heather’s daughter Sarah Neal, to build the profile of the Memorial. Along with staff training and education in palliative care, the Memorial has assisted in re-designing the palliative room to offer a more home-like environment, where hundreds of local families have visited and cared for loved ones at the end stage of their lives.

To conclude our 2020 AGM, a photo collage showcased a reflection on 2020 and our collaboration with staff, residents and our community.

We hope you enjoy watching our AGM via accessing the following link.

Click here to view our AGM


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