For almost 35 years Gunning District Community and Health Service, trading as Gunning Community Care, has provided health care and support services to residents of the Gunning village and surrounding region.
Following the death of Gunning’s long serving resident doctor Dr Barbour in 1979, volunteer nurses provided local nursing support services. In 1981 the Gunning Home Nursing Service was formed thanks to a small seeding grant and a car provided by the Southern Area Health Service.
In 1985, Home and Community Care funding was granted, enabling the growth in services offered by our organisation to include the frail aged and people living with disabilities.
The service became incorporated in 1992, and was known as Gunning District Home Support Service, and a management committee was formed the following year.
The name was changed in 1996 to the Gunning and District Community and Health Service, and Gunning Shire Council agreed to provide funding for administrative assistance including a rent-free premises.
The service was recognised in 2000 in the Federal Government’s Sinclair report as an “excellent example of communities working together with government for the betterment of a small rural community".
In February 2003 our service moved into its current administrative location at the Gunning Court House with assistance from Federal, State and local Government contributions.
The growth in the Gunning Community and the need for health care services in more isolated pockets of our region has contributed to increased demand on our service and its resources in recent years.
Today with the registered name of Gunning Community Care our organisation services an area of more than 6000 square kilometres spanning the Southern Tablelands and Canberra Country region from Marulan to the ACT, Murrumbateman, Boorowa, Binda and Crookwell, and the many villages, hamlets, and farming properties that fall into that expansive area.
Our growth has enabled us to establish a GP practice, bring a range of allied health services to residents and provide a trusted, flexible and co-ordinated health support service to our rural community.