Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association

The Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association Inc was formed in 1998 with the aim of collecting and preserving a wide range of material that reflects hospital life in country hospitals in the latter part of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

Custodians of the collection are members of the ACHHA who oversee the ongoing care and documentation of the collection.

Collections

The Collection includes artefacts, memorabilia, photographs, records and stories from nursing, medical, dental and pharmaceutical sources as well as all other aspects of hospital life in the Central Queensland region.

The former Rockhampton Base Hospital Museum Collection has been incorporated into the ACHHA Collection. This means that the process of putting the material together has been underway for over 30 years. A selection of the material is on display in the Lakes Creek Cottage at the Rockhampton Heritage Village. This includes:

¨ An Iron Lung previously from the Rockhampton Hospital;

¨ An equipped operating theatre;

¨ A doctor’s office;

¨ A dentist’s treatment room;

¨ A selection of historic photographs;

¨ An infant care room;

¨ Artefacts from 150 years of Central Queensland Nursing History.

A large component of Collection is in secure storage until the new museum building is opened later this year. This includes collections of original and replica nurses' uniforms, the pharmacy collection, medical and surgical instruments, ward furniture and many years of nursing records.

With almost 300 square metres of space available in the new Museum building, the collection will be displayed in context in separate areas. These include a typical four-bed ward, a labour ward/mothers' room, operating theatre, pan room, Doctor/Matron's office, dental surgery, pharmacy, Westwood Sanatorium/X-ray room and a medical and nursing exhibit.

There will also be a separate library research and resource area to facilitate access to the document collection by researchers.