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Pictured left to right are Tania Scarce, Sheryl Williams and Vishy Eswar who recently attended an update of their medication knowledge by attending a 2 day seminar in Melbourne.  They were also joined by ex EWHS employee Viijin (far right).  This is an integral part of maintaining RIPERN qualifications and ensuring best practice for our consumers.

Donald Campus News

Donald staff have recently undertaken their Basic Life Support (BLS) annual competency under the direction of our 'train the trainers', Kerry Wood (right) and Jenny Murray (left).  Kerry and Jenny always add in something new to ensure staff enjoy the experience and it also makes it a very non-threatening environment.  It is fantastic to have local staff to deliver this education. 


PAG recently worked together to create 'Dignity Bags' for #itsinthebag for women who are victims of family violence.


The Donald Campus had an afternoon tea and badge presentation on Tuesday 29th October. Service badges were presented to Maureen Sherwood 15 years, Loretta Calnin 10 years, Debi Clancy 10 years, Helen Dixon 15 years and Ann Maree Wells 10 years. Well done to all these staff for their service and dedication to EWHS.
Pictured-L-R Trevor Adem, Patricia Croft, Debi Clancy 10 years, Loretta Calnin 10 years, Maureen Sherwood
15 years, Helen Dixon 15 years, Martin McGeown (Acting CM Donald), Kris Payne, Leon Gowlett.
Absent-Ann Maree Wells 10 years.


Students from St Arnaud Primary School brought along a picture book each to read to the residents in Kara Court. It was wonderful to see such positive interaction and chatter happening between the students and residents. Thank you grade 3 and 4, see you again soon!

Neighbouring Health Service, Stawell Regional Health visits Kara Court to check out and try our meal service.
Pictured Steve Price, Support Service Manager and Stefanie Seery, Dietitian. 

“Thanks to Scott and the team for having us at Kara Court for lunch. The friendly staff, lovely residents and beautiful food made for a perfect dining experience. We’re excited to take back some ideas to Stawell Regional Health to help us enhance our dining experience, and can’t wait to come back for some more delicious food and beautiful music!” 

Education and Development

Clinical training for Nursing staff delivered at St Arnaud Campus on Wednesday 7th August 2019.

The Grampians Highway Model of continuing Nurse and Midwifery Education is facilitated by the Centre of Education and Training at Ballarat Health Services and focuses on the delivery of high quality education programs within the Grampians Region. This education model is partially funded by the Department of Health & Human Services and delivers face to face clinical training.

Training was delivered at East Wimmera Health Service on Wednesday 7th August 2019, at the St Arnaud Campus. The program covers the adult learner, Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment (BPCLE) framework, learning styles, methods of feedback, methods to teach clinical skills, evaluation strategies, standards of best practice, documentation of assessments and managing learners /staff at risk of non-progression of learning.

In order to conduct these training sessions, a minimum number of attendees are required. On this occasion, there were a total of seventeen (17) attendees; which comprised twelve (12) EWHS clinicians (representation from all campuses); one (1) Stawell Health Service and four (4) Ballarat Health Service clinicians. Whilst Department of Health & Human Services, partially fund programs delivered through the Grampians Education Highway Model of Education, there remains a cost for employees to attend. In recognition of the importance of the roles EWHS Clinicians provide with respect to creating a positive learning environment; the course fee for all (EWHS) clinicians to attend was fully funded by the health service. The training was delivered by Ms Samantha Gent, Clinical Nurse Educator – Practice Development, Centre for Education & Training, Ballarat Health Service.

Feedback upon completion of the training day was very positive and clinicians acknowledged their appreciation of the health service initiative and supporting the training initiative and providing funding for employees to attend.

An excerpt of comments from two attendees on the day:

“I would like to thank EWHS providing funding for the CSSP Foundation program. This was an extremely valuable session and we/I have taken away some new information and skills to enable me to provide the best support to the Graduates, our students and other staff within EWHS.

Sam was extremely creative in the way she delivered this session. Made staff comfortable and allowed for lots of question time.

I believe this course has instilled confidence in staff that will provide the supervisory role within EWHS. “

Meal Service changes

Changes to meal service buffet breakfasts with hot options on different days has been introduced across all campuses. A selection of cereals, including porridge are now on display allowing variety for residents with crumpets and raisin toast being very popular breakfast items. Congratulations goes to all staff for embracing change and delivering choice to our residents.


A $500.00 donation was received from the Birchip Branch of Commbank.  This money will go towards the purchase of smart TVs for the residents of Wirrim Lodge.  
In the photo are L - R :  Marcia Burns - Birchip CBA, Helen Barclay - Birchip Campus Manager, Sue Russell - Birchip Aged Care Nurse Unit Manager, Louise Lee - Birchip CBA. 

Kara Court residents, Gwen and Thelma were joined last week by Tracy Edwards, Charlton Campus Manager and Mary Brown, Education and Development Manager, for a delicous roast pork lunch. Pictured also is Christine Goode, Nurse, assisting with welcoming everyone to the table.

Resident June Matthew's from Kara Court - St Arnaud Campus was happy to be involved with reviewing food service documentation for the Health Service . The comprehensive review conducted by June involved checking the new menu, understanding the dietary daily needs for residents and the important breakdowns of meal modification to enhance resident needs. Support documentation accompanying this review included the recently finished dietitians review report and the Dysphagia Management policy which marries in with the main menu for texture modified foods for the management of nutrition and swallowing difficulties.
June was very impressed with all the documentation and the pathway management processes. She also consulted with other residents in Kara Court and explained the processes EWHS had in place. She commented on how professional and well-presented the review documents are and now has a good understanding of the legislative requirements and how much is involved with the provision of meal service. June also noted that the residents approve the documents as they are presented to them. 

Retirement for Gwenda Wescott, Carol Tuder and Laureen Tatt from EWHS

Between them, three ladies have devoted more than 120 years to nursing in the area now encompassed by the East Wimmera Health Service.  

Gwenda Wescott

Gwenda has worked for EWHS for many years and has thus taken on many roles and responsibilities in that time.   Gwenda commenced in December 1980 and retired in January 2019.  Below is a comprehensive list of her roles/hats that she fulfilled in her 40+ years at St Arnaud Hospital/EWHS, most of them at the same time for many years:
- Commenced as the welfare officer in 1984 which was largely a social worker role
- ACAS co-ordinator and assessment officer who organised monthly ACAS meetings and was the liaison between the geriatrician and local GP and followed up and ensured recommendations were attended to
- Organised VCAT appointments for hearings and accompanied many clients to these
- Co-ordinated Volunteer Visitors Program, Community Car, Planned Activity Group, Carers Group, monthly Service Providers Meetings
- Instrumental in getting the community bus up and running
- Supported Ann Boadle with the drink driving program
- Organised yearly holidays for frail and elderly people in the local community who would not have had the opportunity otherwise
-  Helped with the pre natal program
- Managed the CBO's for the local court
- Member of numerous committees at the hospital, including EQUIP Hospital Auxiliary.

Carol Tuder

Carol commenced work at EWHS - St Arnaud Campus in February 1984 and retired in May 2019; a career spanning 35 years.
She originally worked in acute, as a midwife and also conducted ante natal classes.
In between working, Carol and her husband Tony have raised two children Sarah and Luke.
Carol completed a wide variety of extra training so that she could then provide care in the following areas; female health, asthma education, diabetes education and cardiac rehabilitation.  She has also worked at the Medical Centre, as a Community Health Nurse.
Carol has been described as a most caring, multi-skilled, passionate, motivated, enthusiastic nurse who has shown great commitment towards her patients/clients over the years including displaying diligence in following up on their progress, because she has a genuine concern for and interest in their health.  She has also been a wonderfully supportive team member and colleague to many who have worked with her during the 35 years.
Carol will be very much missed and we wish her all the very best in her retirement and when spending more time with her family.

Laureen Tatt

Laureen started her career and employment at the St Arnaud District Hospital in 1969, which was then a training school for nurses.  She then commenced work in the St Arnaud District Hospital in 1989.  The majority of her career in nursing was spent in the St Arnaud District Hospital that is now known as East Wimmera Health Service.
Laureen stopped working in acute nursing in 2000 and then was nursing in Kara Court up until her retirement in 2019.  She enjoyed working in Kara Court and felt that she had been a very lucky and fortunate woman to have had so much love and enjoyment in her career.


The Donald staff and student accommodation required a makeover.  New beds, linen, lamps and bedside tables were purchased to upgrade the facility.  The outcome of the upgrade is that the facility is aesthetically more pleasing to the eye and improved comfort and living conditions for people staying in the accommodation and easier to clean.

Fundraising for hospital beds

The EWHS Donald Campus has recently been supplied with 4 King Single beds, a Karaoke machine and an IPad for use within the aged care and acute facility due to the generosity of the Friends of EWHS Donald campus who funded these items. The members of this group were recently invited to the Health Service to acknowledge the purchases and thank them for their ongoing support of the Donald Campus.

In the photo, next to one of the new beds are L-R, Pam Pendlebury, Marj Summerhayes, Lesley Pendlebury, Joan Hardingham, and Marg McLeod

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L to R: Paula Noble [Director of Primary Care], Trevor Adem [Chief Executive Officer], Kris Payne [Director of People and Culture], Leon Gowlett [Director of Finance and Administration] and Pat Croft [Director of Clinical Services].