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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

Enviromental Services Assistant (Cleaner), Casual, Murtoa, Minyip and Rupanyup

If you’re passionate about great service and hospitality...we want you!

Our cleaning services play an integral role in the health, wellbeing and experience of our customers.

We are seeking a casual cleaner at our Murtoa Community Health Centre, Minyip Community Health Centre and Rupanyup Nursing Home and Hospital to help to maintain a clean and safe environment.

Enjoy a flexible 7 day rotating roster, working alongside a friendly team.

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Appropriate training in cleaning through previous work experience and on the job training.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other staff, patients, management and the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work without active supervision.

Further Information:

For all enquiries, please contact Yvonne Jones, Hospitality and Environmental Services Manager on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to Yvonne.Jones@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Environmental Services Assistant (Cleaner).

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 Yvonne Jones, Hospitality and Environmental Services Manager, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5:00pm Friday 24 August 2018. 

Cook/Chef Assistant (Multiple Roles Available), Casual, All Sites

If you’re passionate about great food and hospitality...we want you!

Good quality food and meal preparation play an integral role in the health, wellbeing and experience of our customers.

We are seeking casual Cook/Chef Assistants at all of our sites, who are eager to prepare quality meals for our customers and assist with coordination and management of the catering services.

Enjoy a flexible 7 day rotating roster with opportunities to develop your career skills.

Good communication and team skills are necessary to successfully fulfil these roles.

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  •  Appropriate training in cooking via one of the following:

- Apprenticeship,

- Commercial cooking program, or

- On the job training.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with other staff, patients, management and the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work without active supervision.

Further Information:

For all enquiries, please contact Yvonne Jones, Hospitality and Environmental Services Manager on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to Yvonne.Jones@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Cook/Chef Assistant .

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 Yvonne Jones, Hospitality and Environmental Services Manager, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5:00pm Friday 24 August 2018. 

Director of Nursing, Rainbow - Full Time

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

Our nursing and aged care services play an integral role in the health and overall wellbeing of our customers and the wider community.

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

Enjoy a varied and diverse role working across both acute and aged care settings, as part of a welcoming team.  

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Registered Nurse with current Victorian Practising Certificate and extensive management experience currently registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Excellent analysis, reporting and writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Demonstrated experience in Quality Improvement Principles
  • Demonstrated experience in Information Management

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Ann Merrett, Clinical Operations Manager, on 5391 4240 or via email to Ann.Merrett@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position_Description_Director of Nursing.

How to apply

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

Applications close 12:00pm Monday 20 August 2018.

Relief Receptionists (Multiple Roles Available), All Sites

If you’re passionate about customer service...we want you!

Our local Hospitals and Community Health Centres play an integral role in the health and overall wellbeing of our customers.

We are always seeking enthusiastic receptionists who are passionate about customer service and enjoy working in a busy diverse environment.

Over a casual roster, you will be the first point of contact for our visitors and customers, whilst being responsible for general administrative duties and support as required.

Good communication skills and the ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite proficiently are required for this role. Previous experience in a similar role is preferred.

Enjoy being part of a friendly and supportive team where development opportunities are provided and encouraged.

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Kate Pilgrim, Corporate and Quality Services Executive Manager on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to Kate.Pilgrim@wwhs.net.au

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Receptionist_Community Health Centres and Position Description_Receptionist_Outer Sites

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Kate Pilgrim, Corporate and Quality Services Executive Manager, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Catering and General Services Assistants, (Multiple Casual and Part Time Opportunities Available), All Sites

If you’re passionate about great food and hospitality...we want you!

Our food and cleaning services play an integral role in the health, wellbeing and experience of our customers.

We are always seeking candidates across our sites to work alongside our professional catering team to prepare quality meals for our customers, and help to maintain a clean and safe environment.

Enjoy a flexible 7 day rotating roster with opportunities to develop your career skills. Good communication and team skills are necessary to successfully fulfil these roles.

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Yvonne Jones, Hospitality and Environmental Services Manager on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to Yvonne.Jone@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Catering and General Services Assistant

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Yvonne Jones, Hospitality and Environmental Services Manager, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Expressions of Interest Welcome, Occupational Therapists, Full or Part Time

If you're passionate about rural health... We want you!

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

We are seeking expressions of interest for Occupational Therapists, all grades, in a full or part time capacity. We are always on the look out for people who are passionate about customer care, eager to learn and excited by the opportunity to make a difference in remote and rural communities.

Expressions of interest from new graduates are also welcome, and contributions of up to 50% of a successful applicatnt's HELP debt are negotiable as part of the package.

Those expressing interest should have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Degree or equivalent in Occupational Therapy. 
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to efficiently and effectively plan, implement, manage and evaluate a range of Occupational Therapy services. 
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of the Occupational Therapy Department and Multidisciplinary health team. Must be effective in a team and be able to demonstrate initiative, enthusiasm and flexibility. 
  • Possess highly developed communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills including the ability to negotiate effectively with peers and other professionals and speak to community groups as required. 
  • Commitment to principles of Quality Assurance, Equal Employment Opportunity and Occupational Health & Safety. 
  • Current Driver’s Licence.  

All enquiries should be directed to Linda White, Executive Assistant, via phone 5391 4386 or email Linda.White@wwhs.net.au

To obtain a copy of the position description, click here > Position Description_Occupational Therapist_Grade 1 or Position Description_Occupational Therapist_Grade 2

How to submit your expression of interest:

A brief cover letter addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Tracey Chenoweth, Acting Executive Director of Primary & Preventative Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au