The National : JUNE-SEPT 2017
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 69 would have been others coming on line, Northern Suburbs Linen Service at the Austin Hospital, and I believe a service at the Horsham Hospital. Things were changing rapidly! Washer extractors had arrived on the scene, along with the new wonder fabric, polyestercotton. It was all the rage. “Chemicals were becoming more sophisticated. We started talking in terms of “pH” and “ppm active alkalinity”. For a while there “titration” was the buzzword. It all sounds like a million years ago. Multi-roll ironers, with auto folding (of a fashion) were appearing at this time (early 60s) and I became aware of an organisation in Sydney “The Australian Hospital Laundry Managers Association” which held Annual Seminars, or as they called them then “Schools of Instruction” to keep laundry managers in that state up to date on the latest developments in Hospital Linen Laundering. “At that time, the only Victorians attending were Frank Morris, Managers of RMH, and one or two of his senior staff Members, John Brassington, Manager of NSLS, and myself – in 1963 the only country representative. “Both Frank and I agreed that Victoria should have something similar available to our people, who at the time were working in isolation, doing their best without training or support. “Then, in the following year, on June 8th, 1967, the first organised Victorian seminar was held, again at Mayfield, with 16 delegates present, representing 16 institutional hospitals and aged care facilties. N. Acklom (Mayfield Centre), D. Aitkenhead (Fairfield Hospital), W. Bailey (East Gippsland Hospitals CLS), J. Brassington (Northern Suburbs Hospital CLS), R. Earl (Warrnambool and District Base Hospital), R. Frost (Goulburn Valley CLS), D. Holman (Mount Royal Special Hospital for the Aged), D. Kydd (Ballarat & District Base Hospital), B. Martin (Loddon Hospitals Region CLS), R. McKay (Cheltenham Home & Hospital for the Aged), F. Morris (Royal Melbourne Hospital CLS), R. Miatke, (Wimmera Hospitals Linen Service), H. Morris (Glenelg Regional Hospitals CLS), A. Renahan (Mental Health Authority), R. Rigbye (West Gippsland Hospital), J. Runnalls (Loddon Hospitals Region CLS), W. Willison (The Queen Elizabeth Home Ballarat). “At this gathering the following Constitutional objectives were adopted. 1. To improve the standard of Institutional Laundry Services 2. To promote the efficient management of institutional laundries and linen services, and to seek wider recognition of their importance. 3 To do such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives. Heady stuff! Neville Acklom, Manager of the Mayfield Centre, set about drawing up our Constitution, which was adopted at the 1968 Seminar, and with but minor amendments has remained unchanged up to this point in time, almost 50 years later. “It is my belief that over the intervening 50 years we have pursued these objectives with some considerable success. And with it, our Association has grown beyond any expectations we may have had, way back in 1967. “Now, I realise it has taken some time this evening to get to this point, but I believe it was essential to make those of you who were not there at the time (and that would be most of you) aware of where we – VILA – came from, and why.
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