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Strengthening Community Response to Emergencies

East Wimmera Health Service has been successful in obtaining a grant from FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) by The RE Ross Trust.  The grant, for $4,780, will fund the purchase of a specially designed trailer to carry EWHS's 35KW generator so that a portable power solution can be utilised by communities in the Buloke and Northern Grampians Shires particularly during times of emergencies.

The trailer project, entitled "EM(ERGENCY)POWERING COMMUNITIES", is an example of how organisations that are best able by their size to assist small rural communities can help those communities prepare for and respond to emergencies.  The project is aimed to strengthen the sense of ownership of the solutions to the increasing number of emergencies that we now face.

This large generator has been used to power communities previously, such as Charlton in recent floods, however as the generator was not permanently set up on a trailer, its application and use have been limited.  This project will enable the generator and trailer to be on standby, housed in St Arnaud, and will mean that communities can respond quickly to situations requiring emergency power.

The generator and trailer will be available to communities within the Northern Grampians and Buloke Shires.

EWHS Graduate Nurses

East Wimmera Health Service is pleased to welcome our 6 new Graduate Registered Nurses commencing their careers as rural nurses across all 5 campuses.  Following the success of the expanded program, the health service decided to continue our larger intake to provide new opportunities for nursing graduates in the future, and is a positive way to attract young professionals to live and work in our communities.

The 12-month graduate program is designed to prepare our newly registered nurses for a career in rural health.

Aaron Templeton has commenced at Charlton, Rebekah Bavage at Wycheproof, Adel Highgate and Shanay Harris at St Arnaud, Kerry Leth at Donald and Vivien Poignet at Birchip.

Pictured above (left to right) Kerry Leth, Shanay Harris, Vivien Poignet, Adel Highgate, Rebekah Bavage, Aaron Templeton