Regal Community

February 28, 2016

Regal was established 50 years ago today!

Both Patricia, our founder, and myself are grateful for the journey and the opportunity to influence healthcare service, standards and giving back.

Today we want to say thank you to so many people who have influenced us, supported us and contributed to our service.

Each and every person and organisation has had some impact on the service we are today.

Having the opportunity to heal over 55,000 people over these 50 years with dignity & respect has been a privilege. And to see the outcome of the clinical care we and our home healthcare team provide has given us the passion to drive best practice in our industry and persist for the benefit of our patients.

Witnessing first hand the power of the Nursing profession has been an honour and we continue to do everything in our power to highlight the powerful role Nursing plays in securing excellent health outcomes for our community where evidence supports the best outcomes are achieved.

We are grateful for the referrals from 1,000’s of GP’s, hospitals, allied health services, private health funds, funding bodies across all sectors and services where together we have been successfully integrating healthcare across the continuum for 50 years.

Milestones for Regal

  • First Clinical Placements in the community (1978)
  • Established Primary Nurse Practitioner Society industry peak body promoting Nurse Practitioner role in the community (1988)
  • Turned around the Australian Association of Gerontology (1986-1996) from close to closure to a thriving organisation
  • First private sector member for the first accreditation for Community Nursing with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (1994)
  • Winner of the NSW Health hypothetical to run NSWHealth (1994)
  • First private sector member of the Australian Council of Community Nursing Services (1999-2006)
  • Established Regal Knitters to provide purpose for clients socially isolated, knitting over 25,000 love squares that make up blankets that go all over the world to those in need through Wrap with Love.
  • Recognised by the Garling Commission as ‘an exemplar for the Nursing profession’ (2009)
  • Industry scholarships of over $30,000 to date for HITH Society, Discharge Planning Nursing Association, Australian Wound Management Association and funded In Memoriam Dr Nicholas Collins Wound Education for Macarthur Ambulatory Care Service Nurses
  • Regal CEO recognised for contribution to Nursing in the community AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence (2015)

Amongst many other activities in promoting forums both locally & globally, education, best practice, a voice for the industry and social ventures.

We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to be of service.

Anna & Patricia Shepherd

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