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West Wimmera Health Service to Receive Regional Health Infrastructure Funding for Nhill Hospital Kitchen

15/03/2018

In response to the recent announcement made by Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, that West Wimmera Health Service will receive $2 million towards upgrading its kitchen facilities at Nhill Hospital, Ritchie Dodds, Acting Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the funding.  

“We are thrilled by the announcement that we will be receiving this critical funding to redevelop and modernise our Nhill kitchen facilities,” said Mr Dodds.  

He continued, “Our current kitchen is in excess of 40 years old. It has been a long held priority for our Service to upgrade the facilities. This funding will allow us to continue to prepare and provide quality, fresh nutritious meals for our patients, aged care residents and community meals on wheels recipients.”  

Executive Director for Corporate and Quality Services, Mr Darren Welsh, explained that while many hospitals nowadays cook chill their meals, preparing food days in advance and freezing, West Wimmera Health Service continues to cook and serve meals fresh on the day.  

Mr Welsh said, “We pride ourselves as a Service in preparing and providing our meals fresh. This allows us to deliver quality and fresh tasting meals for our customers. We receive a lot of positive feedback about the standard of our food, which can be attributed to the care that our hospitality staff take to enhance the culinary experience for our patients and residents.”  

Mr Welsh advised that the funding commitment from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund would allow the Service to improve on its food storage, preparation and staff training.  

“The kitchen upgrade will create a more efficient system for our Service to prepare and deliver meals to all of our patients, residents and community. It will also allow us to provide a modern training environment for our staff undertaking qualifications in commercial cookery,” commented Mr Welsh.  

The redevelopment and purchase of new equipment will improve the workflow design of the current kitchen, enhancing food safety, environmental health and the safety and wellbeing for staff. Improvements will include the addition of walk-in, walk-out fridges and freezers, featuring sliding door access, to allow for more efficient bulk storage of food supplies.  

The $2 million funding from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will be further supplemented by West Wimmera Health Service’s commitment of capital funds of $233,000.  

West Wimmera Health Service will now commence the planning and design phase for the project, before seeking tenders and procurement for the upgrades. The project is expected to take approximately 12 months to deliver.


Employment Opportunities

Cooinda Disability Services Coordinator, Full Time, Nhill

If you’re passionate about disability services...we want you!

Cooinda is our main hub in Nhill for providing disability day service programs. Our disability services play an important role in the health and wellbeing of our community through the delivery of daily life and activity based programs that enable people to live inclusively and maximise independence.

We are seeking a Disability Services Coordinator for Cooinda who is eager to coordinate the program planning and delivery, providing great customer service and day-to-day program coordination for the centre.

Applicants should have the following skills and expereince:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in Quality Improvement Principles.
  • A tertiary qualification in disability is preferred.

Further Information

For all enquiries please contact Jessica Borain, Executive Assistant on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to jessica.borain@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Cooinda Disability Services Coordinator.

How to Apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, as contained in the position description, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Jan Fisher, Executive Director Clinical Services, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au

Applications close 5:00pm Monday 18 June 2018.

Oral Health Therapist, Full Time (Fixed Term), Nhill

If you’re passionate about dental health...we want you!

Our dental services play an important role in the health and wellbeing of our community through the delivery of our oral health and community education programs, as well as our general dentistry practice.

We are seeking an Oral Health Therapist who is eager to be involved in a broad range of oral health initiatives, including pre-school and school based programs; has an understanding of health promotion approaches; and understands the importance of great customer service.

Enjoy a varied and diverse role working as part of a welcoming team.

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Registered as an Oral Health Therapist with the dental practice board (AHPRA).
  • Demonstrate ability to lead, coordinate and facilitate the implements of oral health promotion programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary clinical dentistry.Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability to plan and manage clinical activities.
  • Sound awareness and understand of Infection Control principles as they relate to the positions designated area of work.
  • Commitment to professional development.
  • Demonstrate commitment to people centred care.
  • Ability to work as a team member within a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Quality Improvement.
  • Understanding of WHS legislation as it relates to employee’s responsibilities.
  • Possession of current Driver’s License.
  • Willingness to travel to various work locations.

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Jessica Borain, Executive Assistant on 5391 4234 or via email to jessica.borain@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Oral Health Therapist.

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, as contained in the position description, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Ritchie Dodds, Chief Executive Officer, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5:00pm Monday 18 June 2018.

Physiotherapist (Grade 1 or 2) - Full Time, All Sites

If you’re passionate about rural health...we want you!

Our Primary and Preventative Health services play an integral role in the health and overall wellbeing of our customers.

We are seeking an experienced Physiotherapist in a full time capacity, who is passionate about customer care, eager to learn and excited by the opportunity to make a difference in remote and rural communities.

Develop and Grow with Us

Enjoy a varied and diverse caseload which offers you the chance to work with acute, inpatient, outpatient and residential aged care customers and local community groups.

Be a part of a friendly and supportive team where professional development opportunities are provided and encouraged to help accelerate your career path!  

 Applicants should have the following skills and qualifications:   

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy or its equivalent and membership with Australian Health Practitioner and Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 
  • A Current Driver’s Licence is essential due to the requirement to complete regional travel.
  • Further skills and experience as contained in the position description.

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Linda White, Executive Assistant, via phone (03) 5391 4386 or email linda.white@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position descriptions, please go to > Position Description_Physiotherapist_Grade 1 or Position Description_Physiotherapist Grade 2.

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, as contained in the position description, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Mrs Tracey Chenoweth, Acting Executive Director Primary and Preventative Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5:00pm, Monday 25 June 2018.

Support Workers - Casual, Part Time and Full Time Positions, All Sites

If you’re passionate about supporting people to live independently...we want you!

Our support work services play an important role in the health and wellbeing of our community through the delivery of daily life and activity based programs that enable people to live inclusively and maximise independence.

We are seeking Support Workers who are eager to provide great customer service, have and adaptable approach to their work and are passionate about community care.

Enjoy a varied and diverse role which offers the chance to be involved in all aspects of our support work services from the facilitation of activity groups to providing individual care. 

We currently have vacancies located at the following sites:

  • Nhill
  • Goroke
  • Murtoa
  • Minyip
  • Kaniva
  • Natimuk
  • Rainbow
  • Rupanyup
  • Jeparit

Applicants should have the following:

  • Ability to communicate with clients, families, carers and the general public
  • Victorian Driver's Licence
  • Current police check
  • Working with Children Check

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Jessica Borain, Executive Assistant on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to jessica.borain@wwhs.net.au.

Click here to obtain a copy of the Position Description > Disability Support Worker Position Description

How to Apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria as contained in the Position Description, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Jan Fisher, Executive Director Clinical Services, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au

Applications close 5:00pm Monday 22 June 2018.