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Latrobe Regional Hospital is committed to a robust and comprehensive approach to credentialing and defining the scope of clinical practice (privileging).

It will promote, support and participate in this activity as an investment in the future health of the community it serves.

All senior medical staff who wish to have admitting rights at LRH and/or work within LRH must be credentialed and have their scope of clinical practice defined before starting work.

For further information and/or to access applications online, please contact the Executive office on 5173 8823.

The online credentialing form can be found at:

https://credentialing.gha.net.au

Frequently Asked Questions

What information will you need to complete your application?

New applications:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Certified copies of all specialist or other qualifications (other than primary medical degree)
  • Proof of identification – 100 point test – Verification of signatory – 100 point check as required by Austrac http://www.austrac.gov.au

All applications/reapplications

  • Copy of current medical indemnity insurance/certificate. Initial applications need to supply a certified copy.
  • Copies of relevant visa documents (if applicable)
  • Working with children check
  • Police check (less than 6 months old)
  • Evidence of continuing medical education

How can I apply for credentialing and scope of clinical practice at LRH?

Contact the Executive Office who will set up an account and provide you with a password.

Can I still access my application once submitted?

Yes, your application will be available until required by the LRH Credentials Committee.

Who has access to my application?

The Chief Executive and the assistant to the Credentials Committee have the ability to view and print your application.

They are unable to change or alter your application in any way.

What are the benefits of applying online?

Easier to submit. Reapplications – only need updating.

Can I change my password? (or I have forgotten my password)

Yes by contacting the Executive Office to arrange this.

Latrobe Regional Hospital offers a range of services to support and assist staff during their employment.

Employee Assistance Program

A free, confidential professional counseling service to assist staff members to deal with work and life issues.

The Program can be used by Latrobe Regional Hospital staff members to assist them in resolving marital and relationship problems; work performance

issues; alcohol, drug or gambling issues; child and family concerns; personal career direction; stress and pressure; financial and legal problems;

anxiety and depression; conflict at work; and, personal trauma and grief.

Peer Support Program

Provides prompt one-on-one contact when required by the staff member and all peer support exchanges are strictly confidential.

Uniforms

The Hospital also supplies staff uniforms and identification, which are required to be worn by all staff members.

Social Club

The active club organises events, outings and subsidised activities. Membership is voluntary and provides an opportunity for staff members to get to know each other.

Staff Development Unit

Delivers continuing professional development for all staff and promotes best practice. The Unit’s specialist staff develop education programs, facilitate programs conducted by external organisations and promote internal and external professional development opportunities. The Unit also administers traineeships for clinical and non-clinical staff.

Employee Services Unit

Staff in Latrobe Regional Hospital’s Employee Services Unit are available for advice and assistance.

Salary Packaging

Various salary packaging options are available to make the most of income to suit individual circumstances.

 

The Gippsland Cancer Care Centre (GCCC) provides comprehensive cancer care incorporating chemotherapy, radiotherapy, specialist consulting and support services.

It officially opened in 2006 and at the time was the only regional cancer service in Victoria with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and consulting rooms.

Since then it has grown substantially with a second radiotherapy bunker commissioned and a second linear accelerator (linac) machine installed.

A $22 million expansion was completed in 2014 which has made provision for a third radiotherapy bunker.

The chemotherapy and dialysis units have been redeveloped and are able to care for more patients in comfortable surroundings.

Treatments for cancer

Different treatments for cancer are used alone or in combination. Most cancers are treated with surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy (radiation treatment). Other treatments, such as hormone therapy, can also be used for some types of cancer.

Your treatment depends on several factors, including:

  • the type of cancer you have
  • where it began
  • whether it has spread to other parts of your body
  • your general health and your age
  • what treatment option you choose.

What is radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy uses radiation, such as x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams or protons, to kill or damage cancer cells and stop them from growing and multiplying. Radiotherapy damages cancer cells in the area being treated.

Radiotherapy is a highly specialised service. William Buckland Radiotherapy Gippsland (WBRG), which is a satellite service of the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, provides radiation oncology services as part of the GCCC at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

For further information contact William Buckland Radiotherapy Gippsland on (03) 5173 8770.

William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre Website

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. There are many types of chemotherapy drugs, which are often used in different combinations and at different strengths.

Chemotherapy can be administered in a variety of ways. Most people have chemotherapy through a vein (intravenously). It can also be prescribed orally (tablets or capsules), as a cream, or as injections into different parts of the body.

Most people have chemotherapy on an outpatient basis during day visits to the hospital. Some people can have chemotherapy at home if they use a portable pump or have oral chemotherapy.

Travelling to treatment

While treatment schedules can vary for individuals, most people have treatment as outpatients.

If you have to travel a long way to treatment, you may be able to get some financial assistance towards the cost of accommodation or travel. To check your eligibility or to make an application, speak to a hospital social worker or call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

The Gippsland Rotary Centenary House Inc is a community owned facility that provides safe, supportive and affordable accommodation to patients/families of the GCCC. Details of Centenary House are available on their website – Gippsland Rotary Centenary House Website

How much does treatment cost?

Chemotherapy drugs are expensive, but most people only have to pay for a fraction of the cost because many drugs are heavily subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

There are some drugs that aren't covered by the PBS. You may have to pay for medications to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy (such as anti-nausea drugs).

If you are concerned about this issue please discuss with your treating specialist.

Which health professionals could I see?

Health professionals who care for people having cancer treatment include:

    Radiation Oncologist: a specialist doctor who prescribes and coordinates the course of radiotherapy treatment and advises about side effects

    Radiation Therapist: plans and delivers the radiation treatments

    Radiation Oncology nurses: help you manage side effects that you may experience during treatment

    Radiation Physicist: ensures that treatment is delivered accurately and safely

    Medical Oncologist: a specialist doctor who prescribes and coordinates the course of chemotherapy treatment and advises about side effects and cancer related issues

    Chemotherapy nurses: administer the chemotherapy treatment and help you manage any side effects of treatment

    Cancer Care Nurses: coordinate care for patients and families throughout the cancer journey (see below)

    Allied health staff: including a dietitian, who will discuss the best eating plan for you, social worker, speech pathologist, physiotherapist and occupational therapist, who can advise you on support services and help you get back to your usual activities.

Multi-Disciplinary Care Team meetings

This is an integrated team approach to health care in which medical and allied health care professionals consider all relevant treatment and care options and develop, collaboratively, an individual treatment plan for each cancer patient presented to the meetings.

Supportive Care Screening

This provides us with an opportunity to identify the kinds of support and information which may be the most helpful for you and your family throughout the cancer journey.

Staff in the GCCC will ask you to complete this form at times throughout your treatment.

SC screening tool

Group programs

Cancer Care Nurses, chemotherapy and radiotherapy staff coordinate a number of group programs for patients and family members. You can expect to learn more about cancer and its treatment in a supportive group environment.

Having an open discussion and some sharing of experiences will help to understand you are not alone on your journey and improve understanding of your changed circumstances.

Cancer Care Nurses

The Cancer Care Nurses are part of the Health Independence Program at Latrobe Regional Hospital. These specialist nurses are experienced in managing patients with complex medical and social issues.

They are available to:

  • provide education about your cancer, how to recognise problems and what actions to take in certain situations
  • provide advice and support with practical, family, emotional and physical issues that arise
  • communicate with you and your treating team, including your General Practitioner, and assist with coordinating your care
  • monitor your progress for a few months and ensure you have adequate knowledge and support in place for you to best manage your condition and optimise your quality of life.

For further information contact the Health Independence Program on (03) 5173 8506.

Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Services (GRICS)

Useful organisations

Our hospital relies on the generosity of patients (past and present), individual donors, community groups and corporate supporters to supplement government funding for vital capital improvements to benefit patient care and ultimately save lives.

We value this partnership with our community and their spirit of generosity and commitment. Without this help we would not be able to continue to upgrade our facilities and technology.

Your contribution as an individual or as a member of a group, is greatly valued.

 

How you can support and help Latrobe Regional Hospital provide the best in patient care

Our strengths are our patient-centred care and our commitment to training specialist health professionals.

There are many ways you can demonstrate your support of Latrobe Regional Hospital.

These include:

  • general donations
  • bequests
  • corporate/business community support
  • memorial donations
  • events and other fundraising activities.
Download a donation form here or contribute online by clicking on the Donate Now button under the Donations section. 

 

Donations

Many donors choose to support LRH by making cash gifts. This method of giving can have immediate impact.

All donations over $2 to LRH are tax-deductible. All donations are acknowledged by letter and a receipt.

There may be other suitable ways to acknowledge your generosity, which we will be pleased to discuss with you.

Unrestricted gifts are especially valuable because they provide the flexibility needed to move quickly in unexpected directions for patient care.

Unrestricted funds also provide the resources to cover the costs of those critical services that are not entirely financed by other support.

Restricted gifts benefit specific programs of the donor's choosing. Funds may be designated for any of our initiatives in patient care, that may be of personal interest.

We will be pleased to honour a request that your donation be applied to a particular area or piece of equipment.

You can help support the important work being done by LRH by clicking on the Donate Now button below for online donations.

Use our secure easy-to-use online service:

  • Make a one-off donation to Latrobe Regional Hospital
  • Donate to LRH via a Direct Debit from your Bank Account
  • Donate to LRH via a Direct Debit from your Credit Card
  • Make a one-off donation in memory of a friend or loved one

Donate by Phone: Please phone: (03) 5173 8577 to make a donation by phone. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Donate by Mail: Download and print the donation form, then mail to Fundraising, Latrobe Regional Hospital, PO Box 424, Traralgon West, Vic 3844.

A receipt will be mailed to you promptly.

Latrobe Regional Hospital follows the National Privacy Principles.

Be assured your details remain confidential and we do not supply our donor details to any other organisations.

Bequests

Many people, having made provision for their families, decide to support their favourite charities by leaving a bequest in their Will.

Donors can leave a percentage of their estate or a fixed dollar amount. Another option is to name Latrobe Regional Hospital a residuary beneficiary, leaving the hospital with what remains after specific bequests to loved ones are paid.

Bequests may provide an unrestricted gift to be used where most needed or be designated for a specific purpose.

By naming Latrobe Regional Hospital in your Will you will be helping improve your community’s health and provide a legacy which will have a positive and lasting impact on hundreds of people.

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving is a simple way for you to support Latrobe Regional Hospital through regular payroll deductions.

You can pledge a nominated amount (min $2 per fortnight) to be deducted from  your pre-tax earnings.

Your contributions through the Workplace Giving program will be sued to fund new services and equipment to benefit everyone in our community.

For example, if 100 employees donated $5 per fortnight, LRH would receive:

$13,000 in 1 year

$65,000 in 5 years

$195,000 in 15 years

For further information about the program contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 5173 8577.

Corporate Support

Latrobe Regional Hospital, as the largest public health service in Gippsland, welcomes the support of the business community.

Companies ranging from some of Australia’s largest corporations to a number of smaller local businesses, have given generously over the years to LRH with both their time, and expertise.

This has enabled our hospital to purchase much needed medical equipment and provide better patient care to many thousands of people.

There are many ways that this support has been realised, including:

    Cash gifts or donations
    Donating money towards the purchase of specific items of medical equipment to clinical areas in need. Donations of $2 or more to Latrobe Regional Hospital are tax deductible.

    Cause-related marketing and special events
    Active participation in fundraising events and promotions designed to raise funds for a specific purpose such as building works or equipment purchases etc. This type of support often includes a cash donation pledge as well as offering your organisation’s expertise in marketing and promotional initiatives.

    Payroll deductions and gift matching
    Some organisations have 'adopted' a Latrobe Regional Hospital service, by encouraging their staff to consider regular and small deductions from their pay, which are then transferred electronically to our banking account. These employee contributions are tax deductible. Companies will often match (dollar for dollar), the level of support provided to LRH by their staff.

    Gifts in Kind and Pro Bono Services
    Businesses that may not be in the position to provide a cash gift often demonstrate their support by donating some of their products or services. This may be the provision of a raffle prize, auction items and/or other consumables which might otherwise be an operational or event management expense to LRH, or by providing their technical and professional skills free of charge (ie printing, design and marketing)

    Staff/Community Group Fundraising
    Local businesses and community groups sometimes choose to run a company function or social event (ie. golf day, barbecue, dinner dance or trivia night in support of a Latrobe Regional Hospital service). Proceeds from such occasions are then passed onto the LRH Unit of their choosing.

Memorial Donations

An alternative to flowers at a funeral of a loved one is a memorial donation.

Many people find comfort in making a gift in lieu of flowers to hospitals, in recognition of the medical care and attention provided to someone who has recently died.

We are a grateful recipient of these gifts and we use them to purchase medical equipment that one day will help save the lives of others.

Envelopes for this purpose are available from the Fundraising Department.

For More Information

If you have any questions about how you can make a gift to support the work of Latrobe Regional Hospital please contact our Fundraising Manager on 5173 8577.

Latest news

The Traralgon Evening Branch of the Country Women’s Association has generously donated $1300 in gift cards to our Maternity Outreach Program, after a successful fundraising night.

The program helps women managing a pregnancy in challenging personal circumstances such as economic hardship, family violence and drug and alcohol abuse.

Thomson Nurse Unit Manager, Angela Scully said the vouchers will support women with few possessions.

If you’re keen to join some of our staff who are involved in the Traralgon Evening CWA branch (younger and mature members are welcome) contact Kelly Abbott on 0402 893 186.

Our Thomson maternity unit has welcomed the arrival of a new resuscitation cot to provide high level care to babies with special needs.

The cot provides oxygen to assist with breathing, lighting to help assess skin colour and heating for warmth.

It was purchased with the support of the local community which helped raise $32,000 during the hospital’s Christmas Appeal.

The Magic of Christmas Concert in Morwell last November kick-started the appeal with a $5000 donation. Significant contributions were made by power generators in the Latrobe Valley, small businesses, schools and community groups and individuals.

LRH’s fundraising efforts are now focusing on enhancing cardiac services and purchasing equipment for a new catheterisation laboratory.

The LRH Heart 2 Heart Appeal will run for two years.

Traralgon City Soccer Club members have achieved their goal of raising money for the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.

The club has raised $3000 by embracing the colour pink – in particular, wearing pink socks at home games.

Traralgon City Soccer Club Culture and Events officer Carolyn Johnston said the fundraiser came about after a group of parents noticed a boy wearing pink shorts at one of the soccer games to support his grandmother who had breast cancer.

After deciding to make the GCCC the beneficiary, the club raised money by selling pink socks and baked goods and taking part in face painting and hair colouring.

The novelty of wearing pink socks was so successful it spread to all of the club’s members and supporters who added pink headbands, skivvies, jumpers, hats, tutus, hair and even moustaches to their weekend soccer wardrobe.

Bringing the soccer community together in this fundraising effort provided a valuable connection for people of all ages and backgrounds so the club has decided to raise money each year for a charity in the community,” Carolyn said.

Latrobe Regional Hospital General Manager Sub-Acute Heidi Knott said the club’s campaign highlights the importance of the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre.

“The Traralgon City Soccer Club’s community spirit is shared by many individuals and groups and is greatly appreciated not just by LRH but our patients and their families,” Ms Knott said.

Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

 

Latrobe Regional Hospital has a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) which meets every second month.

The group provides a community perspective on care and services provided by LRH. It also reviews and endorses patient information brochures and participates in audits of our food service.

The CAC receives an extensive briefing about a particular service at LRH each meeting to increase its awareness and understanding. It’s an opportunity for members to ask questions and share the views of the wider community

During the year, our CAC takes part in fortnightly quality and safety walk-rounds to learn about some of the activities staff had undertaken to improve care for patients.

Our community members during 2016-17 were:

Vicki Hamilton OAM (Newborough)

John Smethurst (Hazelwood North)

Ray Watson (Newborough)

Rita Fleming (Traralgon)

Rika Delaney (Traralgon)

Chelsea Caple (Leongatha)

Brodie Logue (Hazelwood North)

 

For information on the Community Advisory Committee contact the Governance Unit on 5173 8583.

Units/Services available at Latrobe Regional Hospital

Our history

Latrobe Regional Hospital came into existence in July 1991, bringing together the Latrobe Valley Hospital at Moe, the Central Gippsland Hospital at Traralgon and St Hilary's Nursing Home at Morwell.

The organisation expanded in July 1995 when LRH became the main provider of regional mental health services. This was part of a statewide reform which resulted in LRH providing inpatient, residential and community-based care.

As LRH continued to grow, it was widely recognised both the Traralgon and Moe campuses required significant upgrades to meet the future demands of the region.

In 1996 Australian Hospital Care Limited (AHC) won the contract to build and operate a 257-bed public hospital west of Traralgon and in July 1998 LRH started operation as Victoria's first privately owned public hospital.

Two years later the Victorian Government assumed responsibility for its operation.

In 2006 the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre was opened, further broadening the hospital's role and reflecting the increasing importance of LRH as a regional health care provider.

A $79 million expansion was completed in 2017 and features a larger emergency department, cardiac catheterisation laboratory and two new inpatient units.

 

Our services

Latrobe Regional Hospital is Gippsland's specialist referral and trauma centre located 150km east of Melbourne and is one of the region's largest employers with more than 1900 staff.

We are a purpose-built teaching hospital caring for a population of more than 260,000 people.

We offer medical services such as elective surgery, emergency care, aged care, obstetrics, mental health , pharmacy, rehabilitation and medical and radiation oncology.

LRH has four operating theatres and specialises in general surgery, orthopaedic, opthalmology, gynaecology and obstetrics as well as ear, nose and throat surgery and urology. A hybrid cardiac catheterisation laboratory run in partnership with Alfred Health will significantly boost heart health services.

We are the main provider of mental health services across Gippsland and have community mental health teams in the Latrobe Valley, Sale, Bairnsdale, Yarram, Orbost, Korumburra, Warragul and Wonthaggi as well as an inpatient unit at the hospital.

As a teaching hospital we are closely affiliated with Monash University's School of Rural Health and Federation University and provide placements and clinical experience for students.

 

 

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Here's a great way to help our surgical team

We're seeking to purchase a new operating table for one of our busy theatres. The new table is fully adjustable to provide patient comfort and support the work of our surgical team. 

Can you help us reach the $55,000 target? Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Click on the Make A Donation link or contact LRH Fundraising on 5173 8577. Thank you for your support!

Latrobe Regional Hospital

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For Emergencies Call: 000
Ambulance / Fire / Police

General enquiries
For general enquiries to Latrobe Regional Hospital
Telephone: 03 5173 8000 - Fax: 03 5173 8444
Email: enquiries@lrh.com.au

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Email: feedback@lrh.com.au

Emergency Department
For calls to Latrobe Regional Hospital’s 
Emergency Department Telephone: 03 5173 8222
For emergency assistance telephone 000

Mental Health Triage
Single point of entry for referral to Latrobe Regional Hospital
Mental Health Service Telephone: 1300 363 322
For emergency assistance telephone 000. Learn more

Address
10 Village Avenue, Traralgon West, Victoria, 3844
PO Box 424, Traralgon, Victoria,3844
ABN: 18 128 843 652

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