Wimmera Nursing Home a finalist in 2016 Victorian Rural Achievement and Community Awards

FINALISTS: Residential Aged Care Program manager Robyn English, clinical services director Don McRae, endorsed enrolled nurse Pat Moroney. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

FINALISTS: Residential Aged Care Program manager Robyn English, clinical services director Don McRae, endorsed enrolled nurse Pat Moroney. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

WIMMERA Nursing Home is a finalist in the Victorian Rural Achievement and Community Awards, with a winner to be announced on October 14.

The nursing home, run by Wimmera Health Care Group, is in the running for the Prime Super Employer Excellence Award in Aged Care.

Residential services program manager Robyn English said being a finalist in the category was recognition of the hard work and passion of staff.

“This is great recognition for all staff within residential aged care, for all the commitment and hard work carried out each and every day to improve the lives of residents in our care,” Ms English said.

The achievement and community awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses have made throughout regional and rural Victoria.

Ms English said the residential aged care nomination comes in the wake of projects including, named nurse concept, person-centred care activities such as ‘my day’ forms and pain management programs.

“Each day it is a privilege to be invited into the residents’ homes to provide their care, activities and services,” she said.

“It is the care and dedication of our Personal Care Workers, nursing staff, hotel services, administration and management, with the ongoing support from our executive team, which ensures we can continually strive to improve.”

The health service has also been selected to present at a national rehabilitation conference and is also a finalist in the Victorian Rural Achievement and Community Awards.

Wyuna sub-acute rehabilitation nurse unit manager Yula Donovan will present at the Australian Rehabilitation Nurses Association 26th Annual Conference in October.

Mrs Donovan’s presentation is titled ‘A collaborative approach to identifying key staff needs’ and was designed at solving issues in the unit.

“The aim of the presentation is to demonstrate the use of redesign methodologies to solve complex problems and find desirable solutions,” Mrs Donovan said.

“We will be showcasing out multi-disciplinary sub-acute team’s ability to brainstorm, develop maps to identify duplications and process waste.”

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