Health students get a boost
Wide Bay plans to become biggest healthcare trainer
LOCAL healthcare students will never have to leave the area to work or study under a plan released by Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.
The plan, which was launched at Isis Cultural Centre , is the product of nearly two years of hard work and could see WBHHS fully staffed by locals.
It marks the dawn of a new era for healthcare with excited WBHHS chief executive Adrian Pennington, who described the plan as the best he’d seen in his career.
“I’m ecstatic about it,” Mr Pennington said.
“It gives us opportunity to provide training on a wide basis for other employers in the health industry not only in Wide Bay but further afield.”
He said he had the goal to make WBHHS, who is one of the region’s biggest employers, the best health service in the country.
“In Wide Bay we aspire to be above and beyond,” Mr Pennington said.
“We want to be internationally recognised, and even as a regional health service there’s no reason we can’t deliver. This strategy will further enhance that and ensure we deliver it on a long-term basis.”
The strategy has a number of focuses, with ensuring the workforce can meet future challenges and how WBHHS could evolve to “attract health workers” just two main points.
WBHHS would become a one of the leading trainers of healthcare professionals, and according to executive director of clinicial governance and education Dr Pieter Pike would reduce reliance on “external educational providers” from outside the region.
Tania Wiesmayr-Freeman has worked with Wide Bay Health for 13 years in various roles.
She is the acting program manager for patient safety and quality training, and said it was “eye-opening” to see where the regional service could go.
“We do have extremely good staff in the health service who work here because they love it,” she said.
WBHHS chief executive Adrian Pennington It gives us opportunity to provide training on a wide basis for other employers in the health industry not only in Wide Bay but further afield.
GAME CHANGER: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service executive director of clinical governance and education Dr Pieter Pike (second from left) addresses the audience and (right) the WBHHS team.