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WWHS Tenders

Thermostatic Mixing Valve Annual Service/Testing

West Wimmera Health Service is seeking a suitable qualified and experienced supplier to provide annual servicing and testing of ‘Thermostatic Mixing Valve’ devices for our facilities.To be contracted for a three year term, with option for a further 2 x 1 year extensions.

Please click here to access the Request for Quotation and for further information.

Offers to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021.

For further enquires please contact Darren Jeffery, Contracts and Procurement Officer on (03) 5391 4288 or email tenders@wwhs.net.au.

Oliver's Expression of Interest

West Wimmera Health Service are seeking expressions of interest in the lease of 43 Victoria Street, Nhill Victoria 3418.

The property is located in the main street of Nhill with a functional kitchen and dining area.

Inspection of the premises is welcomed.

For more information: Click here

To arrange an inspection please contact Mr Darren Jeffery, Contracts and Procurement Officer, on (03) 5391 4288 or by emailing tenders@wwhs.net.au.

Offers to be submitted by 5pm Friday 9 April 2021.


WWHS News

Surgery and Specialists Start Again

West Wimmera Health Service is delighted to have recommenced its theatre services last month after an extended break due to Covid-19 restrictions.  

Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie Dodds shared that he has been pleased to speak with staff and recent patients about their joy at being able to have surgery undertaken locally once again.  

Ritchie said, “Their relief is clear, as is their gratitude for being able to receive these services so close to home.”  

Ritchie continued, “It has been a difficult time for so many people who have been forced to wait for surgery to recommence due to the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic and the restrictions that were understandably required for the safety of everyone.”  

A recent patient, Kent Goldsworthy was thrilled to finally receive knee replacement surgery at the Nhill Hospital. He shared, “I was extremely relieved when I was finally able to have my surgery done at the Nhill Hospital. Dr Chi Gooi, an amazing surgeon, and Anaesthetist Kim Fielke, were the perfect team who were supported by amazing theatre staff and nurses.”  

Mr Goldsworthy continued, “My pre-op and post-op treatment was faultless. I would not think of going anywhere else after my recent experience. I waited a long time to have the surgery due to Covid-19, but the wait was worth it.”  

Ritchie thanked the community for their patience and understanding during the operating theatre’s temporary closure.  

He also showed his appreciation for the many people in the health service surgical team for their patience and hard work over the past 12 months.  

“Well done and thank you to our Nhill Theatre, Acute, Pre-Admission, Allied Health, Radiography, Primary Care teams, and of course our visiting specialists. We are very fortunate to have such skilled and caring people committed to our cause.”  

Eye surgery and orthopaedic surgery resumed in February 2021. Dental surgery will recommence later this month.  

In more good news, other visiting specialists will be resuming their regular consulting services on site at the Nhill Hospital during March 2021. “Many people in our community will be pleased to know that our visiting cardiologist, Dr Andrew Markwick, and eye specialists, Quinn & Co. Eyecare will be back at the Nhill Hospital later this month,” added Ritchie.  

Ritchie continued, “It is great be able to once again provide all of these vital services at a local level and to help people in our communities avoid the need to travel further distances to access them.”  

For enquiries about any of the theatre and consulting services, people can contact West Wimmera Health Service on 5391 4222.

Introducing Our Community Advisory Committee Members in Nhill and Kaniva

West Wimmera Health Service is delighted to introduce our Nhill and Kaniva Community Advisory Committee members.  

The Community Advisory Committees are a part of West Wimmera Health Service’s commitment to improving the quality and safety of its health service in partnership with customers and the community.

The aim of the committees is to increase the community’s input into the design and delivery of the services provided by West Wimmera Health Service, as well as helping to advocate to the Service on behalf of customers and the community.    

The Nhill and Kaniva Community Advisory Committees comprise of members that have nominated to be involved in representing their townships.  

The current committee members are:  

Kaniva Community Advisory Committee

Kaye Bothe

Harvey Champness

Alwyn Dyer

Carolyn Howe

Jacci Rabone

Denise Wallis  

Board representative: Katherine Colbert  

Nhill Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Wendy Bywaters

Di Koop

David Martin

Sharon Maloney

Zanny McEldrew  

Board representatives: John Millington and Carlee Kennedy  

Kaniva member Kaye Bothe explains, “I find the Kaniva Community Advisory Committee gives me the opportunity to represent a section of my community in regard to their needs. We have good discussions about what we feel is needed and important for our district and the committee is an opportunity to keep actively advocating for services for our town.”

The Service’s Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie Dodds said, “Our Community Advisory Committees provide a forum for us to work in partnership with our community members to lead positive change at West Wimmera Health Service.”  

“We genuinely want to see participation and input from our communities into the design and delivery of our services. I encourage people from both Nhill and Kaniva to contact their advisory committee members if they have any suggestions to help to shape the future of our health service, including the programs we offer and improvements we can make to better serve you.”  

Anyone who is interested in joining the Nhill or Kaniva Community Advisory Committees, or would like to know more about the different ways to share feedback across all of West Wimmera Health Service, can contact Customer and Communications Partner, Elizabeth Hawker, by phoning 5391 4222 or emailing elizabeth.hawker@wwhs.net.au

What a Sight to See - Our New Optical Biometer Has Arrived

West Wimmera Health Service is excited to announce that our new optical biometer has arrived at the Nhill Hospital, giving people access to state of the art equipment close to home.  

The optical biometer is an amazing piece of equipment that will be used by visiting Ophthalmologist Dr Mark Chehade to accurately measure and detect any problems with the eye. It will give rural people the ability to receive the same advanced eye surgery as city hospitals.  

This purchase was made possible by the generosity of our community through the ‘See how we can help you see’ fundraising campaign in 2020.  

Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie Dodds said, “Given the COVID-19 climate, we are incredibly grateful to the community for digging deep and raising $81,156.50 in 2020, to purchase this key piece of equipment. Thank you to people for supporting our campaign and enabling us to improve our service delivery and the vision of our community members.”  

Ritchie continued, “We are so proud to have been able to partner with our community to provide this innovative equipment for the benefit of so many people for years to come.”  

The new machine is highly accurate and allows a non-invasive way to measure the anatomical characteristics of the eye. Ritchie added, “Of course it goes without saying that accurate measurements are critical when operating on an eyeball.”  

West Wimmera Health Service is pleased that ophthalmic surgery recommenced last month and that Dr Mark Chehade and the operating theatre team will now commence using this new piece of equipment on eye surgery patients in April 2021.  

If anyone has concerns about their eyesight, Optometrists Quinn & Co Eyecare consult from the Nhill Hospital and provide referrals to Dr Mark Chehade when required. For more information or to book an appointment please call Quinn & Co Eyecare on (03) 5382 1429.


Employment Opportunities

Payroll Officer, Part Time, Nhill

We are currently recruiting for a Payroll Officer to join our team... we want you!

We have an exciting opportunity for an individual to work with our finance and administration team. We are seeking an enthusiastic Payroll Officer who demonstrates excellent attention to detail, is highly organised and eager to learn.

You will be required to work as part of a team in the preparation of the fortnightly pay file, maintenance of personnel files, preparation and completion of monthly and annual compliance reports and other duties as required by the Executive Director of Finance and Administration.  

Further Information 

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Lisa Braybrook, Payroll Manager on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to lisa.braybrook@wwhs.net.au or Samra Vatan Parast, Executive Assistant on (03) 5391 4268 or via email to samra.vatanparast@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

Applications including a cover letter and addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be addressed to Ms Janette Lakin, Executive Director of Finance & Administration, and submitted via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Friday 7 May 2021. 

Catering and General Services Assistants, Rainbow, Rupanyup, Nhill and Kaniva

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 seeking Catering and General Services Assistants to work on a part-time basis at our Rainbow, Nhill and Kaniva facilities or on a casual basis at our Rupanyup and Nhill sites. You will work alongside our professional catering team to prepare quality meals for our patients and residents as well as maintaining a clean and safe environment.

Good communication and team skills are necessary to successfully fulfil this role.

Further Information

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Mrs Yvonne Jones, Hospitality and Environmental Services Manager on (03) 5391 4278 or via email to yvonne.jones@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

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

Applications close 5pm Monday 26 April 2021.

Chef/Cook, Part Time Positions, Kaniva, Nhill and Rupanyup

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 Chefs / Cooks to work on a part time basis at our Kaniva, Nhill and Rupanup sites.  We're looking for someone who is eager to prepare quality meals for our customers and assist with coordination and planning to provide a quality experience.

Good communication and team skills are necessary to successfully fulfil this role.

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 click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Mrs Yvonne Jones, Hospitality and Environmental Services Manager on (03) 5391 4278 or via email to yvonne.jones@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

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

Applications close 5:00pm Monday 26 April 2021.

Expressions of Interest: Administration Clerks / Receptionists, Casual Pool, 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.

If you are interested in the Administration field and wish to be considered for future casual administration work at West Wimmera Health Service, we welcome your expressions of interest!

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.

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

Further Information

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Samra Vatan Parast, Executive Assistant on (03) 5391 4268 or via email to samra.vatanparast@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

Applications including a cover letter and addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be addressed to Samra Vatan Parast, Executive Assistant, and submitted via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Associate Nurse Unit Managers, Kaniva, Full Time or Part 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 experienced Registered Nurses to work as ANUMs in either a full time or part time capacity, 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 across both acute and aged care settings at our Kaniva campus, as part of a welcoming team.

Further Information

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Ms Lesley Hawker, Kaniva Director of Nursing on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to lesley.hawker@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

Applications including a cover letter and addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be addressed to Ms Ann Merrett, Clinical Operations Manager, and submitted via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close at 5pm Friday 23 April 2021.

Expressions of Interest, Support Worker, Casual

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

Our personal care services and community support 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 Support Worker in a warm and friendly setting, as part of a welcoming team, where you will provide inā€home and community-based support to enable people to maintain and/or increase their independence.  

Further Information

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Christine McCallum, Manager of Community Packages on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to christine.mccallum@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

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

Exercise Physiologist, Fixed Term, Full Time, Nhill

If you're passionate about health and wellbeing and want to make a difference in peoples’ lives, we want you to join our team!

We are seeking an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in a fix term, 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.

You will work within the Physiotherapy Department to plan, implement and deliver education, exercise and rehabilitation interventions for hospital and community clients.

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

Further Information

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries please contact Leah Hawker, Chief Physiotherapist, via phone (03) 5391 4267 or email leah.hawker@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

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

Applications close 5pm Friday 30 April 2021. 

Nurse Unit Manager - Iona Aged Care Facility, Full Time, Nhill

If you’re passionate about aged care...we want you!

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

We are seeking a Nurse Unit Manager to join our team, who is passionate about customer care and excited by the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our residents at our Iona Digby Harris Home.

Enjoy a varied and diverse role working in a warm and friendly setting, as part of a welcoming team.

Further Information

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Ms Jan Fisher, Executive Director of Clinical Services on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to jan.fisher@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

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

Applications close at 5pm Friday 23 April 2021.

Registered Nurses & Enrolled Nurses, Full Time, Part Time or Casual

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.

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.

Further Information

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

For all enquiries, please contact Ms Ann Merrett, Clinical Operations Manager on (03) 5391 4222 or via email to ann.merrett@wwhs.net.au

How to apply

Applications including a cover letter and addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be addressed to Ms Jan Fisher, Executive Director of Clinical Services, via email to jan.fisher@wwhs.net.au.

Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, Full Time or Part 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 Endorsed Enrolled Nurse in 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 across both aged and acute care settings, as part of a welcoming team.

Further Information

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Ms Lesley Hawker, Kaniva Director of Nursing on (03) 5392 7033 or via email to lesley.hawker@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

Applications including a cover letter and addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be addressed to Ann Merrett, Clinical Operations Manager, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close at 5pm Monday 19 April 2021.

Graduate Nurse Program for Registered Nurses 2022

West Wimmera Health Service offers a Graduate Nurse Program for Registered Nurses with one February intake each year. There are 4 available positions.  

Aims

The Graduate Nurse Program aims to facilitate the transition from student to confident Registered Nurse consolidating and integrating nursing knowledge into practice. Graduates are supported to fulfil the role of a Registered Nurse with the opportunity to enhance nursing careers, consolidate nursing skills and provide an opportunity to experience different clinical areas. Development of clinical judgement, critical thinking and reflective practice are facilitated throughout the program which consists of four rotations including Acute care, Aged care and two outer sites for a Rural experience. Included within the program is supernumerary orientation time and paid Study days. There are part time (minimum 0.6 eft) or full time options available.

Eligibility criteria

Registered nurses (Division 1) who have completed a Bachelor of Nursing or Applied Science (Nursing), who are registered with the Nurses Board of Victoria as a Division 1 Registered General Nurse and who have less than one year of experience in an acute general setting and are eligible to use Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) formerly known as computer matching system.

Application process

Prospective graduates must apply using the Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). We also require an application prior to the specified date of closure listed on PMCV.  

The application should include:

  • a letter of introduction
  • a brief CV
  • academic transcripts up to year 3 semester 1
  • a list of all clinical placements clinical assessments from year 2 and 3
  • a passport sized photo contacts of two professional referees (one of whom must be clinical)
  • current National Police Check (certified copy)
  • current Working with Children Check (certified copy).

On completion

West Wimmera Health Service provides ongoing employment for its graduate nurses at the completion of the program. There is support available for staff wishing to pursue Post Graduate studies in a number of areas such as: Aged Care Perioperative Nursing Acute Nursing.  

The application is to be addressed to or further information can be sourced by contacting:  

Janine Clark
Clinical Support Nurse
jclark@wwhs.net.au

Home Care Packages Care Co-ordinator, Fixed Term, Full Time Position (Part Time Negotiable)

Our Community Health service plays an integral role in the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

We are looking for an individual to join our Home Care Packages Team in a full time capacity (part time is negotiable) in the role of Home Care Packages Care Co-ordinator.  This is a fixed term position for 12 months.

You must be passionate about customer care, eager to learn and excited by the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of older Australians and individuals who have complex care needs, living in our regional communities.

You will enjoy a varied and diverse role working collaboratively with our customers in the delivery of Case Management Packages to individuals who have complex care needs and who are at risk of premature or inappropriate residential care or whose quality of life is adversely affected by their disability.

Further Information 

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

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact Christine McCallum, Manager Community Packages, via phone (03) 5363 0422 or email christine.mccallum@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

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

Applications close 5pm Friday 23 April 2021.