Health stu­dents get a boost

Wide Bay plans to be­come big­gest health­care trainer

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

PHO­TOS: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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