Ser­vice cel­e­brates doc­tors

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

East Grampians Health Ser­vice has cel­e­brated the con­tri­bu­tion of re­gional doc­tors to the Ararat dis­trict com­mu­nity with its an­nual vis­it­ing med­i­cal of­fi­cers din­ner at its Pyre­nees House re­cep­tion cen­tre.

The health ser­vice has de­vel­oped a close part­ner­ship with doc­tors at Ararat Med­i­cal Cen­tre, which pro­vides med­i­cal sup­port for ob­stet­rics, sur­gi­cal, acute and aged-care ser­vices.

Health ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Bush said many of the doc­tors pro­vided around-the-clock on-call sup­port for the hospi­tal and ur­gent care cen­tre, for peo­ple who re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion for se­ri­ous health prob­lems.

“We thank the doc­tors and their fam­i­lies for their com­mit­ment to East Grampians Health Ser­vice,” he said.

Mr Bush said it was through the doc­tors’ sup­port that East Grampians Health Ser­vice man­aged to pro­vide treat­ment for 4231 in­di­vid­u­als through the ur­gent care cen­tre and pro­vide on-call ma­ter­nity ser­vices to sup­port the birth of 116 ba­bies in the past year.

Pro­fes­sor Euan Wal­lace, the inau­gu­ral chief ex­ec­u­tive of Safer Care Vic­to­ria – an in­de­pen­dent gov­ern­ment body which fo­cuses on pos­i­tive re­form for the qual­ity and safety of health care in Vic­to­ria – was guest speaker at the din­ner.

Pro­fes­sor Wal­lace was the Di­rec­tor of Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy Ser­vices at Monash Health, which over­saw the largest ma­ter­nity ser­vice in Vic­to­ria.

He spoke about re­forms to the Vic­to­rian Health Sec­tor, which aimed to adopt an im­proved ‘safety cul­ture’ and the po­ten­tial for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions with East Grampians Health Ser­vice.

Four med­i­cal stu­dents un­der­tak­ing in­tern­ship train­ing were also in­vited to the din­ner.

Dur­ing their train­ing, they work with health-care staff and pa­tients and ex­pe­ri­ence health care in a ru­ral set­ting.

“The health ser­vice is very sup­port­ive of our stu­dents and we en­cour­age all staff to adopt a learn­ing cul­ture ap­proach,” Mr Bush said.

Chief backs ser­vice

Mr Bush has ex­pressed his pride in the or­gan­i­sa­tion de­spite it miss­ing out on a hat-trick of ‘medium-sized’ Pre­mier’s Health Ser­vice of the Year awards.

While miss­ing out at Vic­to­rian Pub­lic Health­care Awards this year, Mr Bush said the board, doc­tors, staff, more than 150 vol­un­teers and five aux­il­iaries could be proud the health ser­vice was one of three out of 18 or­gan­i­sa­tions short­listed for this year’s award.

“Our nom­i­na­tion and short­list­ing in this year’s award is recog­ni­tion of the work of all in­volved in the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

“Their de­vo­tion to pro­vid­ing the best care to our pa­tients, res­i­dents and clients and their com­mit­ment to achiev­ing higher stan­dards is re­flected in our nom­i­na­tion for the third con­sec­u­tive year.”

Mr Bush said East Grampians Health Ser­vice had de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion as an in­no­va­tive and pro­gres­sive ru­ral health ser­vice and a leader in the de­liv­ery of safe, high qual­ity in­te­grated acute, res­i­den­tial and pri­mary health care.

He said the health ser­vice con­tin­ued to meet the needs of com­mu­ni­ties through­out Ararat Ru­ral City.

“Our nom­i­na­tion for the third time is a won­der­ful achieve­ment and demon­strates that our or­gan­i­sa­tional val­ues con­tinue to be in­te­grated into the plan­ning and de­liv­ery of care we pro­vide to our com­mu­nity by cre­at­ing ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ences for our pa­tients, res­i­dents and clients and im­por­tantly, for each other,” he said.

Now in their 12th year, the awards recog­nise or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vid­ing the best care and sup­port for Vic­to­ri­ans.

Other fi­nal­ists in the medium-size cat­e­gory in­cluded Echuca Re­gional Health and Be­nalla Health, with Be­nalla Health win­ning the award.

COM­MIT­MENT AC­KNOWL­EDGED: Pic­tured at the vis­it­ing med­i­cal of­fi­cers Din­ner At Pyre­nees House are Pro­fes­sor Euan Wal­lace, left, and Dr Pi­eter Pre­to­rius.

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