ONE of Hobart’s oldest and best-loved philanthropic organisations has celebrated 120 years since it was first established.
Hobart District Nursing Service Inc. grew out of the Amateur Nursing Band of the Young Women’s Association, which was formed in 1896 by the then-wife of the Governor of Tasmania, Lady Gormanston.
To mark the significant milestone, the Moonah-based organisation held a special party in Glenorchy’s Tolosa Park on 6 February 2016, inviting employees and their families to enjoy a day filled with fine food and entertainment.
Hobart District Nurses chief executive Kim Macgowan said she attributed the service’s longevity to its ability to innovate, continuously improve and deliver a high standard of service at all times.
“The organisation’s mission statement, ‘committed to care’, has not only underpinned the strong work ethic and culture of our employees but has ensured our focus remains on the principles of primary health care for all,” she said.
Mrs Macgowan said the organisation was also committed to improving its services through evidence-based best practice policies.
“The Tasmanian health system has undergone considerable change since its establishment, which has had a considerable impact on the structure and administration of our organisation,” she said.
“This has included the expansion and constant development of the concept, parameters and the very definition of district nursing.
“Our aim is to maintain people of all ages in their own homes where possible, prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital and residential aged care facilities.
“We do this through providing support and advice for clients, carers and their families in the areas of health promotion, health education, community development, general wellbeing, as well as providing the highest quality nursing care, domestic assistance and end-of-life care.”
The organisation’s services are now offered statewide, with offices in the south, north and north west, employing more than 200 staff.