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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

Dentist (Level 3-4), Nhill, Full Time

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 experienced Dentist (Level 3-4) to join our ‘Wimmera Smiles’ clinic in a full time capacity.

Our ‘Wimmera Smiles’ dental clinic is a part of West Wimmera Health Service in rural Western Victoria. Our team provides oral health care at our main Nhill clinic, as well as via our mobile Dental Van, and at our other sites of Kaniva, Goroke and Rainbow located within our West Wimmera Health Service catchment.

We deliver quality care to both private and public patients within our communities. Our aim is to improve the oral health of all of our customers.

We take great pride and satisfaction in putting a smile on every patient’s face. If you share our passion for customer care and you’re excited by the opportunity to make a difference in remote and rural communities, this could be the role for you!

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_Dentist

For all enquiries please contact Julie Woolcock, Dental Administration Co-ordinator, via phone (03) 5391 4266 or email julie.woolcock@wwhs.net.au.

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 Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Friday 15 March 2019.

Central Sterile Services Assistant (Sterilising and Instrument Technician), Nhill, Part Time

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

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

We are seeking a Central Sterile Services Assistant (Sterilising and Instrument Technician) to join our team, who is passionate about quality care and excited by the opportunity to make a difference in health and safety.

Further Information

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

There is opportunity for West Wimmera Health Service to support the successful applicant to gain qualification and experience.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please go to > Position Description_Central Sterile Services Assistant

For all enquiries, please contact Jan Fisher, Executive Director of Clinical Services on 5391 4222 or via email to jan.fisher@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 22 February 2019.

Pre-Admission Clinic Nurse, Nhill, Part Time

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

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

We are seeking a Pre-Admission Clinic Nurse to join our team in a part time capacity, who is passionate about quality care and excited by the opportunity to make a difference to patients' experiences.

There is opportunity for the successful applicant to combine this role with ward nursing to work in a full time capacity.

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_Pre Admission Clinic 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.

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 Monday 25 March 2019.

Personal Care Worker (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.

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