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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

Trainee Finance Clerk, Nhill, Full Time, Fixed Term

Our finance services play an integral role in the successful operation of our health service across our nine sites, helping us to deliver quality healthcare to our customers and community.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Trainee Finance Clerk who is eager to learn and assist with accounts receivable duties.

Enjoy being part of a friendly and supportive team where opportunities to develop are welcomed and encouraged. During your traineeship you will undertake a Certificate III in Business, or equivalent, to help expand your skills.

Further Information

Applicants should refer to the position description below for a full description of the role and the relevant skills and experience.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Trainee Finance Clerk.

For all enquiries, please contact Chris Reichelt, Accountant, on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to Chris.Reichelt@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Chris Reichelt, Accountant, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Friday 21 December 2018.

Allied Health Assistant, Nhill, Casual

If you’re passionate about Allied Health...we want you!

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

We are seeking an enthusiastic Allied Health Assistant who is passionate about customer service and enjoys working in a busy, diverse environment.

You will join our team on a casual basis to provide high quality support to to our Allied Health practitioners, including clinical care and administrative duties.

Further Information

Applicants should refer to the position description below for a full description of the role and the relevant skills and experience.

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

For all enquiries, please contact Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to Alex.Hall@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 5 December 2018.

Data Analyst, Full Time or Part Time, Fixed Term

If you’re passionate about finance and data...we want you!

Our business and strategy services play an integral role in the successful operation of our health service across our nine sites, helping us to deliver quality healthcare to our customers and community.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Data Analyst who enjoys working in a busy, diverse environment as part of a forward thinking team to bring together financial data in a creative and engaging way.

This role is a fixed term, maternity leave replacement.

Further Information

Applicants should refer to the position description below for a full description of the role and the relevant skills and experience.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Data Analyst .

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

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Melanie Albrecht, Executive Director of Business and Strategy, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Monday 17 December 2018.

Personal Care Woker (Community Care), Casual, Multiple Roles Available

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

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

We are seeking people to join our team on a casual basis, who are 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 a Personal Care Worker in a warm and friendly setting, as part of a welcoming team.

We have multiple roles available working in our Community Care programs acorss a variety of locations.  

Further Information

Applicants should refer to the position description for a full description of the role and the relevant skills and experience.

To obtain a copy of the position description, and for all enquiries, please contact Christine McCallum, Community Care Manager on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to christine.mccallum@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Graduate Endorsed Enrolled Nurses, Full Time or Part Time

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

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

We are seeking graduate Endorsed Enrolled Nurses to join our team, who are 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 a warm and friendly 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.

Our Graduate Nurse Program allows graduates to experience a varied and diverse role while being supported and mentored by our experienced staff.

Further Information

Positions are available at a variety of our acute and aged care facilities, which include locations at Jeparit, Kaniva, Natimuk, Nhill, Rainbow, and Rupanyup.

Applicants should refer to the position description below for a full description of the role and the relevant skills and experience.

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

Position Description_Graduate Enrolled Nurse

For all enquiries, please contact Janine Clark, Registered Nurse on 5391 4222 or via email to janine.clark@wwhs.net.au.

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 at 5pm Friday 14 December 2018.

Health Promotion Manager

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

Our health promotion services play an integral role in the health and overall wellbeing of our communities. We are dedicated to working in collaboration with our staff and customers to deliver the best healthcare possible and believe in supporting everyone to thrive. 

Brand new role to make your own!

Lead the planning, design and implementation of a new approach to health promotion!

If you’re passionate about improving the health of our populations and excited by the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our communities, we want you to join our team! 

Further Information

The person appointed to this exciting new position in West Wimmera Health Service will lead the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of a new approach to health promotion/primary prevention across the Wimmera region, supported by a dedicated health promotion team.  

The aim of health promotion is to maintain and improve the health of populations and to reduce health inequities among population groups through the action areas articulated in the Ottawa Charter: building healthy public policy, creating supportive environments, strengthening community action, developing personal skills, and reorienting health services.

Health promotion is a key component of the services provided by West Wimmera Health Service, supported by dedicated primary prevention funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. As the major health service in the West Wimmera, we have a lead coordinating role to play in health promotion both within our communities, and through partnerships with other regional stakeholders. This is recognised in our Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives 2017/18-2021/22 Strategic Plan, which commits to “encouraging healthy lifestyles and improving awareness of health and risks, promoting prevention over treatment”. 

Organisations within the Wimmera region recently came together to define key priority areas within which all health promotion efforts will be designed, namely healthy eating, physical activity, social connection and capacity building. These areas are subject to ongoing review as the organisational and regional strategic directions change in line with community need.  

Health promotion programs and activities at our Service will be planned in line with our high level four year Primary Prevention Plan and annual action plans, in collaboration with Wimmera Southern Mallee Health Prevention Strategic Partners (WSMHPSP) and agencies within the our  catchment.   

Applicants should refer to the position description below for a full description of the role and the relevant skills and experience.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to  > Health Promotion Manager_Position Description

For all enquiries, please contact Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health on 5391 4222 or via email to Alex.Hall@wwhs.net.au

How to apply

Applications addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 12pm Monday 10 December 2018. 

Registered Nurses | Expressions of Interest

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

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

We are always looking for people to join our team, who are passionate about customer care and excited by the opportunity to make a difference in remote and rural communities.

At West Wimmera Health Service you will enjoy a varied and diverse role working as a Registered Nurse in a warm and friendly setting, as part of a welcoming team.

We offer opportunities for you to continue to develop your knowledge and skills through our Staff Support Program which encourages and supports your ongoing education and career endeavours.  

Further Information

Applicants should refer to the position description below for a full description of the role and the relevant skills and experience required.

All Registered Nurses are paid as per the Nurses Award. 

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click on the following link > Position Description_Registered Nurse

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

Locations

Positions are available to work at a variety of our acute and aged care facilities, including locations at Kaniva, Jeparit, Natimuk, Nhill, Rainbow and Rupanyup.

Salay Range

$65,000 - $79,000 for Registered Nurses Grade 2 Year 3-10

Award

All Registered Nurse salary and entitlements are paid as per the Nurses and Midwives Award Enterprise Agreement 2016-2020

How to submit an expression of interest:

An expression of interest 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.

Expressions of Interest Welcome, Physiotherapists, 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 Physiotherapists, 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 applicant's HELP debt are negotiable as part of the package.

Those expressing interest should have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy or its equivalent and membership with Australian Health Practitioner and Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 
  • Proven abilities in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory conditions using an evidence based and problem solving approach. 
  • An understanding of the unique nature of rural communities and a commitment to improving the overall health and wellbeing of these communities. 
  • A demonstrated ability to work both independently as well being an effective member or our Physiotherapy and multidisciplinary health teams, showing your initiative, enthusiasm and flexibility. 
  • A self-motivated and responsible professional, who is responsive to situations where a high level of autonomy is required.
  • Current Driver’s Licence is essential due to the requirement to complete regional travel. 

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_Physiotherapist_Grade 1 or Position Description_Physiotherapist_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

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 applicant'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