Open Letter to the Yarram community from the

Yarram and District Health Service Board

An inexplicable act of disturbing proportions occurred two weeks ago in our close knit and caring community when a shot was fired at the Health Service, quite near a patient area. This has been very unsettling for everyone – staff, patients, residents and volunteers- at our Health Service. Victoria Police’s investigation into the incident continues and we would encourage any person with information to contact the police.

We are very concerned that anyone would compromise the safety and wellbeing of our management, staff and the broad range of the community who use our services. Staff and management are supporting each other to put this incident behind them and focus on providing the health service in Yarram which the community expects.

This is where we all, as community members who expect a great health service, are being asked to play a part.

What can we do? We can welcome doctors and health care workers into the community and we can use the local services, wherever possible, as this will ensure that we can continue to provide the medical, aged care, urgent care and other services that we need in Yarram.

As a relatively isolated area and like many other small communities, it is difficult to attract and retain professional staff. So providing a welcoming, supportive and positive environment for newcomers is important. In turn this builds the confidence of the whole community in our Health Service, it supports good performance and promotes our Health Service and our community as a place where professionals want to work.

We thank all the staff, the community and others who have shown their support to the Health Service during this difficult time.

The Board is fully supportive of our management team and all the staff at YDHS. Our community is fortunate to have such a professional, caring and dedicated workforce here in Yarram.


Frankie MacLennan, Chair

Yarram District Health Service Board