About this appeal

We’re building the region a brand new, $115 million Warrnambool Base Hospital. It will open in May. Between now and then we need to raise $3.5 million to equip it.

We’re calling on everyone - individuals, families, groups, clubs, businesses and corporations - to help us with this undertaking to ensure the region’s families, workplaces and communities get a Base Hospital they truly deserve... the type of hospital equipped to provide the very best of care for the 110,000 people who live in the South West, and for the thousands of tourists who come to stay, as well.

Our Shopping List

If you wish to have your donation go towards the part or full purchase cost of a specific item, please click on the Click to Donate (donate) button of that item.

2 $13,632
equipping and furnishing Paediatric Unit one-bed suites
7 $11,952
equipping and furnishing Surgical Unit one-bed suites
6 $47,213
equipping and furnishing Special Care Nursery pods
3 $97,888
equipping and furnishing Dental Surgery suites
1 $398,000
Critical Care Unit and Special Care Nursery pendants/procedural lights
1 $220,000
hospital-wide sanitising equipment/instrument washers
1 $113,000
Acute Care Unit integrated nurse call and emergency system
1 $360,000
hospital-wide patients’ entertainment and education system
1 $100,000
expansion of the Special Care Nursery and Maternity Services central monitoring system
1 $26,680
paediatric-specific bath
1 $8,970
rehabilitation treadmill
2 $24,500
Midwifery Unit birthing beds
2 $15,000
Critical Care Unit high-dependency beds
3 $37,340
Midwifery Unit foetal monitors
4 $20,500
Midwifery Unit birthing suite baby cabinets
39 $5,012
80 $600
bedside lockers
83 $420
patient chairs
84 $320
over-bed tables
2 $12,500
equipping and furnishing Rehabilitation Unit (Geriatric Evaluation & Management/GEM) beds
2 $15,000
Critical Care Unit high-dependency beds
3 $37,340
Midwifery Unit foetal monitors
3 $24,500
Midwifery Unit birthing beds

A word from our Appeal Chairman

"This public appeal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us to ensure that the region’s new Warrnambool Base Hospital is equipped with the most modern technology regional Australia has ever seen."

Photo: Appeal Chairman Bill Phillpot with Appeal Committee members, SWH Board Directors Felicity Melican (left) and Sharon Muldoon (right) and Appeal Manager Debra Emmerson.

A word from our Chief Executive Officer

"This public appeal will provide the necessary equipment to transform the organisation from good to great."

Photo: SWH CEO John Krygger with SWH Director/Project Control Group Chairman Russell Worland (left). Photo courtesy of SouthwestBIZ & Glen Watson Photography.

You get to choose where your money is spent

This appeal has been set up to allow donors to choose where they would like their money to go. People who make a pledge can direct their donation to a specific piece of medical equipment or a specific area of the new hospital. This means you get to choose a cause you have a real affinity for.

The medical equipment we urgently need your help to buy

Should you wish to make a donation to a specific piece of equipment, please click the appropriate 'donate' button on the right. (Otherwise we will be more than happy to make the choice for you.)

The ways you can donate

  1. By making a secure online donation using your Credit Card:
  2. By mailing a cheque/money order (made payable to South West Healthcare) to: SWH Base Hospital Appeal, Ryot Street, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia 3280.

  3. By visiting the cashier at the main reception desk of our Warrnambool hospital to make a cash or credit card/EFTPOS donation.
  • Donations greater than $2 are tax deductible.
  • Donations greater than $1,000 can be arranged via installments
  • Our ABN: 41 189 754 233
  • Receipts will be issued to all donors who provide their name and address.


Phone Deb Emmerson on 03 5564 4134


Chairman Bill Phillpot
Consultant-Sinclair Wilson, Accountants & Business Advisors

Deputy Chairman John Hunt
Partner-Coffey Hunt, Chartered Accountants

Brian Beirne
Former Chief Executive Officer, Warrnambool Co-Op

Steve Callaghan
Finance Committee Chairman-SWH Board of Directors
Dealer Principal-Callaghan Motors Pty Ltd

The Honorable David Hawker
Former Member for Wannon

Chris Logan
Chairman-SWH Board of Directors
Community Relations Advisor-Origin

Felicity Melican
Deputy Chairman-SWH Board of Directors
Partner-Sinclair Wilson, Accountants & Business Advisors

Sharon Muldoon
SWH Board of Directors
Consultant-Vision Australia (Disability Services)

Dr Mike Page
General Practitioner-Warrnambool

Mike Raselli
Principal-Silvan Ridge Financial Services.


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