Heath and medical services for the people of Phillip Island and San Remo have been neglected and in decline since the closure of the Warley hospital in 2008, after some 100 years.
The Phillip Island Medical and Health Action Group Incorporated (previously known as the Phillip Island Hospital Action Group), commenced in 2009 and is now an incorporated, not for profit organisation with over 280 members drawn from all walks of life in the community and a dedicated committee of 12. The committee meets on a monthly basis at the Cowes RSL.
The organisation’s purpose is to lobby all levels of government to meet the ever changing medical needs and expectations of the rapidly growing population of this world-famous, iconic and unique tourist region.
The members of PIMHAG are also supporting the process of up-grading the Bass Coast Health Shire Hospital at Wonthaggi, to sub-regional status. In addition, PIMHAG is supporting Bass Coast Health in the development of a Master Plan for the rebuilding of the Wonthaggi Hospital and will lobby intensely for the implementation of the completed plan.
Another goal is to obtain sufficient funding and Government support for the provision of after-hours urgent care for the local community, in the form of a Super Pharmacy. PIMHAG would like to see the establishment of this service on a 2 year trial basis and for it to be the subject of a formal study, undertaken by a recognised academic body.
The current President of PIMHAG is long-term resident of 33 years, Peter Paul. Peter is a former Mayor and Councillor of Bass Coast Shire and a former Principal of Cowes Primary School. Peter is also on the Boards of Phillip Island RSL, and the Bendigo Community Bank.
The Vice President of PIMHAG, John is well known around the Island for his Real Estate business. He has been a resident for 39 years and is a former Councillor. John is also involved in advertising. tourism and hospitality on Phillip Island.
After having had a holiday home on the Island for 12 years, Linda moved here permanently, 18 months ago.
Linda’s background is extremely varied having being trained in clinical psychology as well as systems analysis. Having obtained her PhD in Biology, Linda has worked as a research fellow at Monash University and taught at various levels.
Her lifelong interests are in disability, volunteering in respite care, service dog programs and with the Office of the Public Advocate (Disability Stream).
Linda is eager to assist PIMHAG in improving the health care on Phillip Island.
Gary Simmons comes to PIMHAG with great credentials for the Treasurer’s role. Gary has been a senior lending manager with the NAB and has managed several accounting firms. Together with his wife, he now runs his own mortgage- broking business, here on Phillip Island. Having lived on the Island since 2006, Gary devotes his time to several community groups, including the Vietnam Veterans Museum, as well as PIHMAG.
Jenny has lived on the island since 2013 after retiring from her long career in teaching English, both in Australia and overseas. Jenny has a very keen interest in community affairs and is responsible for the development of this website and our Facebook page, as well as acting as the PIMHAG Membership Secretary.
Jenny is also a volunteer with Bass Coast Health and is a member of several committees, including Secretary of the newly formed Auxiliary for the Bass Coast Health Hub.
Greg comes to PIMHAG with decades of service to his country and to the communities in which he has lived.
Having served in the RAAF since 1962, in Malaysia and Vietnam, Greg was discharged in 1971.
His next career was in the Marketing and Advertising area, followed by the position of Deputy to CEO of State Headquarters of the RSL.
Retiring to Phillip Island in 2004, Greg continued his long association with the RSL, becoming President in 2006, and remaining in that position for the next 8 years. He holds the record as the longest serving President of the sub-branch.
Greg has also been the founding Secretary of the Vietnam Veterans Museum, and currently he is the Vice-President of this sub-branch.
His service has been recognised with a number of awards:
- Australian Day Medallion
- National Life Membership of the RSL Australia
- Life Membership of the Vietnam Veterans Association
- Order of Australia (OAM)
Greg and his wife Christine have a son and two daughters and four grandchildren (soon to be five)
Bruce first arrived in Cowes, as Postal Manager, in 1983 and was responsible for introducing the first roadside mail boxes on the island.
Bruce has been involved in community affairs for many years, being a life member of Warley Hospital and twice president of the Hospital Board. He has also been a member of Lions International for 16 years and twice President of the Phillip Island Branch. He is also a former president of Phillip Island and District Historical Society.
Bruce was also a 14 year Board member of Bass Coast Health (1998-2012) and has been a member of the Customer Advisory Committee since 2012.
A Freemason, a current PIMHAG committee member, and Director of Bendigo Community Bank at San Remo, Cowes and Grantville, are just a few of the activities that continue to keep, this great grandfather out of mischief.
Gill has been a Phillip Island resident for 36 years and for 18 of those years, was Practice Manager with Phillip Island Medical Centre, Cowes. Gill has a wealth of 40 years’ experience in the medical and health industry and is now enjoying retirement.
Maree has lived on Phillip Island since the late 1980’s and was employed at the Shire of Phillip Island as P.A. to the CEO, leaving that employment when the amalgamation took place. Maree was also P. A. to the Director of Nursing at Wonthaggi Hospital for 15 years and retired from that position several years ago. Very busy in the community, Maree is the President of the Phillip Island Health Hub Auxiliary, a community representative on the Bass Coast Health Clinical Services Committee and the Community Health Information Committee and a member of the Phillip Island Aquatic Committee.