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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

Discharge Coordinator, Part Time, Nhill

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 a Discharge Coordinator in part 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 as part of a welcoming team.

Continue to develop your knowledge and skills through our Staff Support Program which encourages and supports your ongoing education and career endeavours.  

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Registered Nurse currently registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • At least 3 years post graduate experience in Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Excellent analysis, reporting and writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Demonstrates experience in Quality Improvement Principles
  • Demonstrates experience in Information Management Systems
  • Experience in Discharge Planning would be desirable

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Jan Fisher, Executive Director of Clinical Services on 5391 4222 or via email to jan.fisher@wwhs.net.au.

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

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 5:00pm Friday 11 May 2018.

Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, Full Time, Kaniva

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 Enrolled 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 aged and acute care settings, as part of a welcoming team.

Continue to develop your knowledge and skills through our Staff Support Program which encourages and supports your ongoing education and career endeavours.  

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Enrolled Nurse currently registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Excellent assessment, analysis and report writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent understanding of EQuIP criteria, iCare, ACFI and Aged Care Standards
  • Medication Endorsement qualification is desirable

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Lesley Hawker, Director of Nursing, Kaniva on 5391 4222 or via email to lesley.hawker@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Enrolled Nurse.

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 5:00pm Monday 14 May 2018.

Registered Nurse, Full Time, Natimuk

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 a Registered 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 at our aged care facilities, as part of a welcoming team.

Continue to develop your knowledge and skills through our Staff Support Program which encourages and supports your ongoing education and career endeavours.  

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Registered Nurse currently registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Excellent analysis, reporting and writing skills
  • Excellent understanding of iCare, ACFI and Aged Care Standards
  • Demonstrated experience in Quality Improvement principles and Information Management
  • Excellent computer skills

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Meredith Finnigan, Director of Nursing, Natimuk on 5391 4222 or via email to meredith.finnigan@wwhs.net.au.To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Registered Nurse.

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 5:00pm Monday 14 May 2018.

Registered Nurse - Grade 2, Year 7-10, Full Time or Part Time, Nhill Acute

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 either a full time or part 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 in our acute setting, as part of a welcoming team.

Continue to develop your knowledge and skills through our Staff Support Program which encourages and supports your ongoing education and career endeavours.  

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Registered Nurse 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
  • Excellent understanding of EQuIP criteria

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Trish Heinrich, Director of Nursing, Nhill Acute on 5391 4222 or via email to trish.heinrich@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Registered Nurse_Nhill.

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 5:00pm Friday 1 June 2018.

General Services External Handyperson, Part Time, Nhill (Weekends and Public Holidays only)

If you’re passionate about being a team player…we want you!

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

We are seeking candidates for our Nhill site, to work alongside our professional general services team to help to maintain a clean and safe environment and assist with transportation of Pathology to Horsham.

The position will work on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Applicants should have the following skills and experience:

  • Current Driver’s licence.
  • Proven ability to work independently.
  • Proven ability to be multi-skilled and prioritise duties.
  • Good communication and team skills.
  • Demonstrated basic ability to learn and use computer software packages, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and other software packages as necessary.

Further Information

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_General Services External Handyperson.

How to Apply

Application 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.

Applications close 5:00pm Monday 30 April 2018.

Executive Director Primary and Preventative Health

If you’re an experienced manager or health professional...we want you!

Our Primary and Preventative Health service plays an integral role in the overall health and wellbeing of the 9 communities we serve.

We are seeking an experienced Executive Director to help shape the future of preventative and population health not only for our health service, but for the region as a whole. Someone who through their strong leadership, is able to curate a culture of innovation, adaptability and customer centred care.

Enjoy being part of a high performing, forward thinking and collaborative executive team whose core focus is the safety and care of our customers and staff

Applicants should have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualification in a health related field
  • At least 5 years of recent experience at a senior management level, preferably within a hospital/health care setting
  • Excellent data analysis and reporting skills
  • Understanding of, and commitment to health promotion and prevention philosophies
  • Demonstrated experience and qualifications in Management and Leadership
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Demonstrated information and technology experience and/or qualifications

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Ashleigh Morrison, Executive Assistant on 5391 4218 or via email to Ashleigh.Morrison@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Executive Director Primary and Preventative Health.

For a copy of the Candidate Information Pack, please go to > Candidate Information Pack.

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, 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 30 April 2018.