About Central Highlands Rural Health
Central Highlands Rural Health formed in 2019 following the voluntary amalgamation of Kyneton District Health and Hepburn Health Service.
This new organisation aims to meet the future health care needs of a growing population, deliver more and new services locally and provide greater access to high quality for locals in each community.
The history of both organisations is long, and each health service played a very important role in the communities they served. Central Highlands Rural Health continues the work of those that have gone before us providing essential services that people rely upon every day.
About Kyneton District Health
Kyneton District Health has been a part of the community for over 160 years. The original bluestone hospital atop the Wedge Street hill was officially opened in 1854.
It wasn’t until 1932 that babies were delivered. Until then small private hospitals provided home visit midwifery services across the township.
Back then times were tough. Cold winters and dry hot summers took their toll on locals and those travelling through to the Bendigo Goldfields. The main street was frequently a boggy mess.
As time went on, the hospital cared for patients through contagious disease outbreaks, injured soldiers returning from War, accidents, injury and everything that life threw at the early residents of Kyneton and surrounding areas.
At the turn of the 21st century, developments in healthcare and local population growth meant it was time for modern facilities.
The new hospital in Caroline Chisholm Drive was opened by the Premier in 2003, and our $7.4M Ambulatory Care Centre was unveiled in 2015.
In 2017 KDH was announced as the Premier’s Small Rural Health Service of the Year.