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Farmer Wants a Healthy Life podcast series is back for its third season

The popular locally produced podcast series focussing on looking after your own health and wellbeing
while on the farm, Farmer Wants a Healthy Life, is back for its third season.


West Wimmera Health Service’s Health Promotion team, who developed the podcast series said this
season is particularly full of heart.


“This series features a variety of guests who all have a compelling story to tell, with topics including
gambling addictions and how to quit, being queer in a small town, how a passion for animals helps to
live with chronic pain, and thriving after four close calls with death,” Alana Storey, Health Promotion
Officer said.


“The diversity of people and their personal stories in this season’s episodes are bound to engage
listeners with their genuine and open conversations about all things health, life, farming and rural
communities.”


The first episode for the new season, Women Thriving on Farm is out now and features the unique
stories of farming women and how their roles on the farm have changed over time.


Hosted by well-known Wimmera identity, and mountain climber turned storyteller, Brigitte Muir OAM,
this season features 10 episodes, with one dropping every Friday.


People can tune in from wherever they listen to their podcasts or over on the dedicated Farmer Wants
a Healthy Life podcast page on the West Wimmera Health Service website.

Two of Australia’s top chefs head to West Wimmera to judge local cook-off

Two of Australia’s top chefs are set to arrive in the West Wimmera later this month to judge local cook-off competition, Grow Local, Eat Local, hosted by the West Wimmera Health Service, which aims to
showcase some of the region’s best local produce.


Cook-off competitors are required to use four selected locally sourced ingredients in their dishes for a
chance to win a prize valued at $1,000, and be crowned the winner by celebrity judges Ben O’Donoghue
and Tim Bone.


The competition has been organised by West Wimmera Health Service’s Health Promotion team as a
way of bringing some excitement and fun to healthy food, and demonstrate how to incorporate the
Wimmera’s wonderful local ingredients into a mouth-watering feast.


Grow Local, Eat Local was created to get the community excited about the great quality and tasty local
produce here in the Wimmera, and encourage people to consider making healthy dishes with locally
sourced ingredients,” organiser and Health Promotion officer, Jake Wiffen said.


“This friendly competition gives people the chance to showcase not only their talents, but also our local
delicacies to two top chefs in the country.


“We’re excited to support our local masters in the kitchen and see what delicious dishes they can come
up with using the selected ingredients.”


Taste will not be the only winning factor, with dishes also being judged on practicality, affordability and
healthiness, and how well local ingredients are featured.


The four ingredients all competitors must use in their dishes include, Mount Zero Pink lake salt, Mount
Zero olives and olive oil, Relish a Mallee Moment tomato chutney and Wimmera Grain Store chickpeas.

The competition final will be held on the 22nd of October at the Uniting Church Hall in Nhill, with
celebrity chefs also showing off their talents in a masterclass using the same ingredients given to the
competitors.


Places for the masterclass are limited, with a gold coin donation entry fee to support the Wimmera
Food Bank. To register for the masterclass, email health.promotion@wwhs.net.au or call Jake on 0487
573 224.


“We encourage members of the community to come along to the final and support our local cooking
stars, and meet and take some photos with the celebrity chefs too,” organiser and Health Promotion
officer, Jake Wiffen said.

West Wimmera Health Service’s Health Promotion projects taken to the national stage

West Wimmera Health Service’s Health Promotion team were recently recognised for their innovative
community engagement research projects at two conferences attended by hundreds of health
professionals from across the country.


The team’s forward-thinking engagement and digital co-production methods used in the development
of the podcast series, Farmer Wants a Healthy Life, were highlighted at the recent National Rural Health
Alliance conference.


The podcast, which was developed through a consultation and co-design process with farmers,
features different health topics to educate and engage farmers in a new way.


“We were commended among conference attendees for the creative way in which we engaged with
people in the community to put out information in a new and accessible way that resonated with the
audience,” Alana Storey, Health Promotion Officer said.


“There has been a growing evidence base for consultation and co-production in the creation of health
promotion programs and interventions and this podcast is the culmination of both, so it was wonderful
to be able to present it to our peers across the country and for it to be received in such a positive light.”


Health Promotion Manager, Dorothy McLaren along with colleague Dr Sean MacDermott presented on
the Service’s extensive research partnership with La Trobe University at the recent La Trobe University
Rural Health Research conference.


The research paper, Building a successful collaboration to inform practice, looks at how coupling
evidence base with practical health delivery in a regional setting created best practice in health
promotion.


“This research is a wonderful example of the ground-breaking work we are undertaking in the health
promotion space across the West Wimmera region,” Ms McLaren said.

“It was very pleasing to be recognised with the popular vote for ‘Best Presentation’ at the La Trobe
conference.


“It speaks to the quality of the truly innovative and collaborative projects we are passionate about
delivering to our regional communities, and should give people confidence in the service they receive
from us.”

Aged Care Funding Boost for West Wimmera Health Service

West Wimmera Health Service is excited to receive funding from the Department of Health to boost the aged care experience for residents in our aged care facilities. 

West Wimmera Health Service operates ten aged care facilities providing services for up to 146 residents across the communities we service. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic residents were restricted from seeing their loved ones, due to lockdowns and the high level of restrictions put on visiting numbers. 

The Service was successful in receiving funding for $117,000 for enhancing telehealth and communication across our facilities. The funding will be utilised for purchasing large smart televisions, iPads, google nest hubs and sensory tables. 

The Service was also successful in funding of $125,000 for kitchen gardens for our facilities, which will enable residents to grow vegetables and fruits, which can be picked and cooked in residential activity programs. 

Ritchie Dodds, Chief Executive Officer, West Wimmera Health Service said “we are grateful to receive this funding which will provide new equipment and materials to enhance the experience of living in our aged care facilities.” 

“Our focus is to ensure that residents have a high quality of life and this funding will provide new opportunities to use technology for connection for residents,” continued Mr Dodds. 

“We look forward to sharing stories about the new programs once established.” 

Join our Nhill Community Advisory Committee

West Wimmera Health Service (WWHS) is seeking new members to join our Nhill Community Advisory Committee.

Join us on Tuesday 27 September at 5pm in the Nhill Hospital - Mira Building to learn more about what is involved and how you can help shape the future of West Wimmera Health Service.

The Community Advisory Committee consists of a group of community members that supports WWHS by highlighting what is important to those accessing our health care services and by contributing to the design and delivery of our programs.

The Committee meets every two months. Along with community members, it also consists of representation from the WWHS Board of Directors and our executive and management team.

“Our current Community Advisory Committees do a great job in keeping us informed about what people are thinking about our services and how we can improve them” said Ritchie Dodds, Chief Executive Officer.

“We encourage anyone to join! Your ideas, suggestions and opinions can make a big difference for your community” continued Ritchie.

The Service is keen to engage with all community members particularly those of the refugee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people living with a disability and members of the organisations and community groups that support these groups within the area.

If you are interested to learn more, please contact our Communications and Customer Partner, for a friendly chat on (03) 5391 4293 or email mysay@wwhs.net.au.

West Wimmera Health Service’s Jeparit campus passes Quality Standards

West Wimmera Health Service’s Jeparit campus has successfully maintained their accreditation, meeting all requirements of the eight Aged Care Quality Standards, following an impromptu assessment of their residential aged care facility in mid-August.


The eight standards focus on a provider’s ability to uphold a certain level of care, which all government-funded aged care providers must comply with, as set out by Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.


Ritchie Dodds, Chief Executive Officer, West Wimmera Health Service said the surveyors were extremely complimentary of the staff and facility overall.


“The surveyors made particular note of the care being undeniably resident focussed, with the staff providing the upmost in resident care and comfort,” Mr Dodds said.


“I’m incredibly proud of the team, in particular the way in which they handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was a trying time for everyone, but the team remained steadfast in delivering exemplary care and placing residents at the centre of their care.”


More information on the Quality Standards can be found on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission website.

Commission endorses West Wimmera Health Service’s first Gender Equality Action Plan

West Wimmera Health Service’s first Gender Equality Action Plan was endorsed by the the Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector last month, having met the requirements for compliance under the Gender Equality Act (2020).

The Action Plan details the Service’s commitment to embedding gender equality into its policies, procedures, workforce and services.

Ritchie Dodds, Chief Executive Officer, West Wimmera Health Service said “the Action Plan is an exciting development that sets out the gender equality practices and priorities to elevate the health, happiness and wellbeing of the Service’s employees and consumers.”

“Our main priority, through this Action Plan, is to provide healthcare services that respect and value all genders in the communities we service, treating everyone with fairness, compassion, dignity and respect,” continued Mr Dodds.

“The Action Plan will guide our Service in ensuring our workplace proudly reflects our values and continues to be healthy, sustainable, resilient, innovative, adaptive and inclusive.”

View the Gender Equality Action Plan on the West Wimmera Health Service website.


Employment Opportunities

Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing (RUSON), Part Time, Various Sites

Are you currently in your second or third year of a Bachelor of Nursing at university… we want you!

West Wimmera Health Service (WWHS) is looking for enthusiastic, passionate and motivated second and third year students to begin working across our facilities services as a RUSON.

A RUSON is a person employed by a health service who is currently enrolled at a university undertaking undergraduate nursing study, who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a student nurse, and who at commencement, has successfully completed not less than twelve months of the Bachelor of Nursing degree.

RUSON’s assist the health care team to provide delegate aspects of patient care in accordance with the RUSON’s scope an undertake activities contained within the RUSON Core Duties List and Exclusion List.

Those successful in obtaining a RUSON position at WWHS may be required to work across all sites as mutually agree upon and will be paid the relevant classification in accordance to the Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Health Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Enterprise Agreement 2020-2024.

Positions are available to work at a variety of our acute and aged care facilities including;

  • Iona Digby Harris Nursing Home
  • Jeparit
  • Kaniva
  • Natimuk
  • Nhill
  • Rainbow
  • Rupanyup

Further information

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

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

For all enquiries, please contact Jackie Arnell, Education Coordinator on (03) 5363 0401 or via email to jackie.arnel@wwhs.net.au

How to apply

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

Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Health Care Workers (Full Time, Part Time or Casual)

We are seeking passionate health care professionals in a full time, part time and casual capacity across our Hospitals and residential aged care facilities.

Our nursing services play an integral role in the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.

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;

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.

Hospitality and Environmental Services Assistants (Full Time, Part Time & Casual) Across all Sites

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 always looking for people to join our team as Hospitality and Environmental Services Assistants both in a full time, part time or casual basis.  

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.

Positions are available to work at a variety of our acute, community and aged care facilities, including:

  • Kaniva - Part Time or Casual
  • Nhill  - Part Time or Casual 
  • Rainbow - Part Time or Casual

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.

Physiotherapist (Grade 1 or Grade 2), 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 a Physiotherapist (Grade 1 or Grade 2) in a full time capacity, who is passionate about client care and excited by the opportunity to make a difference in rural communities

  • New graduates are welcome to apply.
  • Commencement date is negotiable.

Our Physiotherapy Department is a team of passionate professionals, striving to support our diverse range of clients across our nine West Wimmera Health Service locations and throughout our neighbouring regional communities.

We take a multidisciplinary approach; collaborating with our clients, their families and our colleagues to achieve the best outcomes through a wide range of best-practice therapy services.  

Our rehabilitation centre has recently undergone extensive upgrades. We now boast a brand new hydrotherapy pool, rehabilitation space and strength and conditioning gym.

We're looking for people who share our drive to deliver personalised, compassionate care and services that have the power to change lives and help people to thrive.

Further Information

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

Grade 1 Position Description

Grade 2 Position Description

For all enquiries please contact one of our Chief Physiotherapists:

How to apply

A cover letter, document 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 4th November 2022

Social Support Assistant, Casual

If you’re passionate about supporting people to live independently...we want you!

Our Social Support Assistants play an important role in the health and wellbeing of our community. 

Our bright and enthusiastic Social Support team plan and run group activity sessions, regular outings, and the daily administration of our inclusive and engaging programs. These activity-based groups enable people to live inclusively and maximise their social connections, through a wide variety of interests. 

Our programs are designed to cater for everyone's needs, so each person can enjoy great company, connect with people and have fun!

We are seeking an individual to join our Social Support Team in a casual capacity. You will help to provide relief support across all of our sites to cover staff leave.

This is a rewarding and diverse role! You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with our social support participants to design and achieve individualised, engaging activities in a friendly and social environment.

We are proud to be an inclusive organisation, offering a supportive workplace with an excellent education program providing ongoing learning and development. 

Make a valuable difference with your caring, welcoming and curious personality! 

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 Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health on (03) 5391 4281 or email alex.hall@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 Ms Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Home Care Packages Care Co-ordinator, Full Time or Part Time, Nhill

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

We are looking for individuals to join our Home Care Packages Team in a full time or part time capacity. 

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 Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via phone (03) 5391 4281 or email Alex.Hall@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 24 October 2022

Clinical Teacher / Clinical Support Nurse, Full Time and Part Time

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

West Wimmera Health Service is seeking Clinical Teacher / Clinical Support Nurse's in a full time and part time capacity.

As the Clinical Teacher / Clinical Support Nurse you will be responsible for providing direct clinical support and instructions to undergraduate student nurses and mentoring West Wimmera Health Service graduates, newly appointed or less experienced team members to develop high quality clinical care skills.

You will develop a coordinated needs-based education program for WWHS clinical services and other departments as required. The Clinical Teacher / Clinical Support Nurse's have the responsibility to assist staff in maintaining contemporary knowledge and skill that will enable them to maintain a high standard of care and enhance patient outcomes.

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 Jackie Arnel, Education Coordinator on (03) 5363 0401 or via email jackie.arnel@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 Mr Darren Welsh, Executive Director of Quality and Safety, and submitted via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Friday 14 October 2022

Podiatrist (Grade 1), Full Time, Nhill

If you're passionate about health and wellbeing...we want you!

Make an impact on our communities and be a part of our outstanding rural health service!

We are seeking a Grade 1 Podiatrist to join our team in a full time capacity. Applications from new graduates or early career Podiatrists are encouraged to apply.

Our Podiatry department is a team of passionate professionals, striving to support our diverse range of clients across our nine West Wimmera Health Service locations and throughout our neighbouring regional communities.  

We take a multidisciplinary approach; collaborating with our clients, their families and our colleagues to achieve the best outcomes through a wide range of best-practice services.  

We're looking for someone who shares our drive to deliver personalised, compassionate care and services that have the power to change lives and help people to thrive.

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 Bianca Jones, Chief Podiatrist, via phone (03) 5391 4267 or email bianca.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 Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Applications close 5pm Friday 7 October 2022

Nurse Unit Manager, Full Time, Rupanyup

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.

West Wimmera Health Service (WWHS) is seeking a Nurse Unit Manager in a full time capacity at our Rupanyup campus. The Nurse Unit Manager leads a team of nursing professionals and health care workers to deliver quality care. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, diplomacy and have the ability to take on a leadership role of any situation.

You will work collaboratively with the Director of Nursing to coordinate the clinical team, resident and patient assessment and documentation, and general needs related to the Rupanyup facility. 

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 Steven Townsend, Rupanyup Director of Nursing on (03) 5385 5723 or via email to steven.townsend@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.

Applications close 5pm Friday 7 October 2022

Occupational Therapists (Grade 1 or Grade 2), Full Time or Part 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 Occupational Therapist (Grade 1 or Grade 2)  to join our team based in Nhill, who is committed to quality customer care and excited by the opportunity to be hands on in making a difference in our rural communities. 

This role offers a diverse workload as well as exciting professional development opportunities. You will provide occupational therapy services to people of all ages in our community health settings, acute inpatient wards and residential aged care facilities.

You will be supported not only by the occupational therapy team, but also by the large multidisciplinary team of Allied Health Professionals who work at West Wimmera Health Service. These include Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Dietitians, Diabetes Educators, Social Workers, Exercise Physiologists and Allied Health Assistants.

Further Information

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

Grade 1 Position Description

Grade 2 Position Description

For all enquiries please contact Karen Shurdington, Occupational Therapist, via phone (03) 5391 4282 or email karen.shurdington@wwhs.net.au.

How to apply

A cover letter addressing the key selection criteria as contained 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.

Support Workers, Part Time & 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 part time or 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) 5363 0422 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.

Support Worker (TAC program), Part Time

If you’re passionate about improving the daily lives of people living with a disability in rural and remote communities...we want you!

West Wimmera Health Service’s community care team is seeking passionate support workers in a part time capacity.

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.

You will be supported not only by the other support workers and the Community Care team but also by the team of Managers and Executive Directors at West Wimmera 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 Christine McCallum, Manager of Community Packages on 0407 863 445 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 Mrs Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, and submitted via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.

Receptionists/Administration Clerks, Casual, Ongoing Opportunities

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.

We are seeking enthusiastic Receptionists/Administration Clerks who are passionate about customer service and enjoy working in a busy diverse environment.

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 Apryl Haigh, Finance Officer on (03) 5391 4212 or via email to apryl.haigh@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.


2021 West Wimmera Health Service Annual General Meeting