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Community Vaccination Clinics to Run in Nhill, Kaniva and Goroke

West Wimmera Health Service is delighted to partner with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to facilitate community COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Nhill, Kaniva and Goroke.  

The vaccination clinics will be hosted during September to create greater access to the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for people aged under 60 years of age.  

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases. Vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community.  

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will work with West Wimmera Health Service to hold the community clinics at the following locations:  

  • Nhill Community Centre - Monday 13 to Friday 17 September, 9am to 4:15pm  
  • Kaniva Hospital Day Centre - Thursday 23 September, 9am to 4:15pm  
  • Goroke Community Health Centre - Friday 24 September, 9am to 4:15pm  

The clinics will administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; available for people under 60 years of age.   People are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and book their appointments today.  

Vaccinations are by appointment only. Please reserve your spot by phoning (03) 5363 2201.

Pop Up COVID-19 Testing Site at Nhill Trailer Exchange

West Wimmera Health Service is partnering with Ballarat Health Services and the Department of Health to set up a pop-up COVID-19 testing site at the Nhill Trailer Exchange.  

The site is being establish in response to a recent spike in demand from truck drivers who are required to be regularly tested to cross the border into South Australia.  

A recent snap rule change by South Australian authorities means that truck drivers must now have had a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of crossing the border. This resulted in a bottleneck of trucks in Horsham, which currently has the two closest asymptomatic testing sites to the South Australian border.  

“This should take some of the pressure off other testing sites and of course make life a little easier for the truck drivers,” said West Wimmera Health Service’s Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie Dodds.  

Fourteen Ballarat Health Services staff members will arrive initially, and it is expected the site will begin operating by 6:00pm Wednesday 1 September through until midnight. From Thursday 2 September the testing site operating hours will be from 12:00pm (noon) to 12:00am (midnight) until further notice.  

“There are a number of moving parts involved in setting up a site like this, but we successfully did something similar late last year and that experience has served us well. We’re very grateful for the support from Ballarat Health Services and of course the work of our own engineering and maintenance team,” continued Ritchie.  

The site is temporary; however, a more permanent solution will be considered if usage in coming days indicates one would be warranted.

X-Ray Marks the Spot!

West Wimmera Health Service (WWHS) is excited to announce our major equipment appeal for 2021 ‘X-ray marks the spot!’

Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie Dodds, said, “Our x-ray equipment has provided a good reliable service over the last decade but it is time to go digital.”

“Our radiology department provides a critical service to have a timely x-ray close to home. Our x-ray equipment is nearing the end of its recommended service life and needs to be updated. We want to go digital but we need your help!” said Ritchie.

Technology in 2021 has greatly enhanced the way x-rays can be accessed and read. Aside from being 20-30 times faster than the old system, the amount of radiation used by modern equipment to produce the image is significantly reduced, by around 50%. As a bonus, the image quality is also significantly enhanced.

“Our x-ray department sees over 2,200 x-ray patients of all ages, every year, so we are hoping the community will support this fundraising campaign” noted Ritchie.

WWHS gratefully received a bequest from a local resident of $25,000, which will be put towards the campaign, to support the $112,000 we need to raise to update our x-ray equipment.

All contributions over $2 are fully tax deductible and donors and amounts donated will be listed in the Service’s Annual Report unless donors advise of their wish to remain anonymous. Consenting donors will also be mentioned and thanked in relevant media once the campaign is finalised.

Please help West Wimmera Health Service keep our x-ray equipment on the map!

For more information about the campaign or to make a donation please visit www.wwhsdonate.net.au where you can make a donation online or by calling 53914222 for more details.

Ivy King Leave Generous Legacy to Kaniva Hospital

West Wimmera Health Service is grateful to have been the recipient of a generous donation from Kaniva local, Ivy King.

On Friday 4 June 2021, members of Ivy’s family gathered outside the Kaniva Hospital to present Mr Ritchie Dodds – Chief Executive Officer with a major bequest of $228,633. 

Mr Dodds stated, “We’re very grateful to receive this significant contribution to put towards the improvement of our Kaniva facilities. Ivy King contributed so much to so many good causes throughout her long life and it’s fitting that her legacy will live on through this bequest. And thank you to Ivy’s nephews Graeme and David King who initially raised the idea of a cheque presentation to bring Ivy’s family together to mark the occasion.”

A short ceremony was held to celebrate Ivy King’s generosity in life and her legacy to the Kaniva community she loved so much.

Ivy May King was born 100 years ago at the Kaniva Hospital into a very different world, where home-birth on the family farm at Lillimur had been the norm for her older brothers and sisters.  A year ago, after a week of gentle care, she died there, completing the cycle, the last of her generation of the family.

In life, Ivy treasured her community, both from what she gained from and gave to it.  Ivy was a generous contributor across organisations and charities during the first half of her life in Lillimur, and the second half in Kaniva.  Ivy chose to continue her generosity after death, leaving a part of her estate to causes and places she valued most.  

The largest of these was the Kaniva Hospital – a place where Ivy started and finished life; a place which cared for all in her immediate family at some time; a place which saved the life of one of her brothers when she was 18; and a place which, during her later years, organised trips which she and her friend and later sister-in-law, Coral, enjoyed so much.  

Ivy requested that the funds be utilised to support the establishment of a dementia friendly unit in Kaniva.  Alternatively, Ivy wished the funds to be used in the Nursing Home area of the Kaniva Campus.  

West Wimmera Health Service is working closely with the Kaniva Community Advisory Committee to progress funding support from the Department of Health, for redevelopment of Kaniva Hostel to be co-located with the Kaniva Nursing Home, to provide much needed dementia care facilities in Kaniva.


Employment Opportunities

Rostering and Administration Officer – Community Packages, Nhill, Full Time

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

We are seeking a Rostering and Administration Officer in a part time capacity, who is keen to expand their skills. If you are naturally organised and competent with IT, this job is for you.

A person with Support Worker qualifications would be desirable. 

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 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.

Applications close 5pm Monday 11 October 2021.

Receptionist, Part Time, Kaniva

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

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

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

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 Lesley Hawker, Kaniva Director of Nursing on (03) 5396 3320 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 Lesley Hawker, Kaniva Director of Nursing, and submitted via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Monday 27 September 2021.

Hospitality and Environmental Services Assistants - Gap Year Roles

Grow your career with us!

We’re looking for young vibrant individuals who are keen to work in health and hospitality over the Summer period and throughout your 2022 Gap Year.

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.

  • Start in January 2022.
  • Work in a diverse environment with a welcoming team.
  • Gain a variety of skills in hospitality and environmental cleaning services.
  • Jump at a great development opportunity with an outstanding rural health service!

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 22 November 2021.

Hospitality and Environmental Services Assistants, Part Time & Casual, Nhill, Kaniva, Natimuk, Rainbow & Jeparit

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 Hospitality and Environmental Services Assistants to work on a part time or casual basis at our Nhill, Kaniva, Natimuk, Rainbow & Jeparit facilities. 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 Ms Karen Lester, Nhill Hospital Chef in Charge on (03) 5391 4286 or via email to karen.lester@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 4 October 2021.

Nurse Unit Manager, Full Time, Nhill (Iona Digby Harris)

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 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 Cheree Schneider, Executive Director of Clinical Services, and submitted via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

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.

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 in‐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.

Health Care Worker, Kaniva

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

Our personal care services play an integral role in the health and overall wellbeing of our Aged Care residents.

We are seeking a Health Care Worker to join our team. Applicants must be passionate about customer care and excited by the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our residents at our Kaniva Hostel and Nursing 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 Lesley Hawker, Kaniva Director of Nursing on (03) 5396 3320 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 Cheree Schneider, Executive Director of Clinical Services, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Monday 27 September 2021.

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

If you’re passionate about dental health and would like the opportunity to work in a public setting with access to private practice rights...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.

Our ‘Wimmera Smiles’ dental clinic is a part of West Wimmera Health Service in rural Western Victoria, which offers a dynamic and rewarding work environment for our motivated and passionate team.

We are dedicated to working in collaboration with our staff and members of our community to provide the best health care possible and believe in supporting everyone to thrive.

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 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 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 detailed in the position description, 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.

Leisure and Lifestyle Personnel, Full Time, Kaniva

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

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

We are seeking a Leisure and Lifestyle Personnel to work at our Kaniva Nursing Home on a full time basis.

If you are passionate about customer care, eager to engage individuals and groups in a range of activities & programs, and excited by the opportunity to make a difference to people lives, this is the role for you!

Enjoy a varied and diverse role working collaboratively with our residents and their families to design and achieve individualised needs-based care in a friendly and social environment.

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 Lesley Hawker, Kaniva Director of Nursing on (03) 5396 3320 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 Cheree Schneider, Executive Director of Clinical Services, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Monday 27 September 2021.

Registered Nurses & Enrolled Nurses, Full Time, Part Time or Casual - Kaniva, and Nhill (Iona) are now recruiting!

We're currently seeking full time and part time Registered and Enrolled Nurses. 

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 Cheree Schneider, Executive Director of Clinical Services, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Kaniva Registered Nurse applications close 5pm Monday 27 September 2021. 

Nhill (Iona) Registered and Enrolled Nurse applications close 5pm Thursday 30 September 2021.

Oral Health Therapist, Fixed Term, Part Time, Nhill

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

Our dental health 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.

Our ‘Wimmera Smiles’ dental clinic is a part of West Wimmera Health Service in rural Western Victoria, which offers a dynamic and rewarding work environment for our motivated and passionate team.

We are dedicated to working in collaboration with our staff and members of our community to provide the best health care possible and believe in supporting everyone to thrive.

We are looking for a like-minded individual to join our ‘Wimmera Smiles’ team in a part time capacity, and help make a difference!

Further Information

Applicants should refer to the position description 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 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 detailed in the position description, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be submitted to Mrs Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

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 & 3
  • a passport sized photo
  • contacts of two clinical referee's 
  • 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

Nurse Unit Manager, Full Time, Natimuk

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. 

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 Natimuk Nursing 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 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 Cheree Schneider, Executive Director of Clinical Services, and submitted via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Community Nurse, Part Time, Minyip

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

Our community nurse services, formally known as dirstrict nurse services, play an integral role in the health and overall wellbeing of our customers and the wider community.

We are seeking a Community Health Nurse / Immuniser (Registered Nurse) to work in a part time capacity at our Minyip campus, who is passionate about customer care and excited by the opportunity to be hands on and make a difference in our rural communities. 

Enjoy a varied and diverse role providing quality care to customers in a community setting, while utilising your broad range of skills and initiative.

Be part of a friendly and welcoming team where professional 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 Mr Rhys Webb, Clinical Manager Community Nursing on (03) 5363 1210 or email rhys.webb@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 Mrs Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Friday 24 September 2021.