Health part­ner­ship

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Anet­work­ing and learn­ing op­por­tu­nity be­tween two ru­ral health ser­vices will help im­prove aged-care health out­comes for Wim­mera com­mu­ni­ties.

Yea and Dis­trict Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal board di­rec­tors and ex­ec­u­tive staff vis­ited Ru­ral North­west Health’s Yar­ri­ambi­ack Lodge at War­rackn­abeal as part of a col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing exercise.

Ru­ral North­west Health chair Ju­lia Hausler said the Yea team was ea­ger to po­si­tion its or­gan­i­sa­tion more dis­tinc­tively into the fu­ture as a provider of ex­cel­lence in aged care and a com­mu­nity health hub.

She said the visit gave Ru­ral North­west Health op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate Yea mem­bers on mod­els

of care, an­swer ques­tions and dis­cuss fu­ture learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween ser­vices.

“The Yea team was keen to in­ter­act with our staff and board and to tour Yar­ri­ambi­ack Lodge,” she said.

“Yea chair­man Ian Marsh­man’s fam­ily was orig­i­nally from Yaapeet and War­rackn­abeal, and he’d heard about our ex­cel­lent award­win­ning aged care through RNH board di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Amanda Kenny.

“The two boards dis­cussed mod­els of shared re­sourc­ing such as cor­po­rate ser­vices, work­ing with other health ser­vices in an al­liance and the up­com­ing in­tro­duc­tion of vol­un­tary as­sisted dy­ing leg­is­la­tion.”

Ms Hausler said Ru­ral North­west board di­rec­tor Carolyn Mor­com and well­be­ing co­or­di­na­tor Katie Rams­dale led Yea staff on the tour.

Ru­ral North­west Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Mills said host­ing Yea and in­clud­ing mem­bers in the board meet­ing was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the or­gan­i­sa­tions to learn from each other and draw on their key strengths for fu­ture com­mu­nity ben­e­fit.

“The grow­ing up­take in co­op­er­a­tion among re­gional health ser­vices will lead to greater health out­comes for our re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“It was great to be able to share what we do and what we are try­ing to achieve at Ru­ral North­west Health, and it is always nice to re­ceive pos­i­tive feed­back.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.