BOARD directors and executive staff members from Yea and District Memorial Hospital (YDMH) visited Rural Northwest Health on a networking exercise last week. YDMH is also a small rural health service offering similar programs and services to RNH.
RNH chair Julia Hausler said the main purpose behind YDMH’s visit was to collaboratively explore learning opportunities with our team.
“Yea chairman Ian Marshman’s family were originally from Yaapeet and Warracknabeal and he’d heard about out our excellent award-winning aged care through RNH board director, Professor Amanda Kenny,” Ms Hausler said.
“Ian is also a former chairman of Headspace Youth Mental Foundation,” she said.
“The Yea team were keen to interact with our staff and board and to tour Yarriambiack Lodge.”
“Their board also joined with our directors for a special meeting.”\
Ms Hausler said the Yea team was keen to position its organisation more distinctively into the future as providing excellence in aged care as well as being a community health hub and to engage more effectively.
“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,” she said.
RNH board director Carolyn Morcom and wellbeing coordinator Katie Ramsdale guided the Yea team on a tour of Yarriambiack Lodge. They also educated the team on RNH’s world renowned ABLE model of care and answered questions.
RNH CEO Kevin Mills said it was a pleasure to host the Yea team and to include them in the board meeting.
“The growing uptake in cooperation among health services will lead to greater health outcomes for our respective communities,” Mr Mills said.
“It was great to be able to share what we do and what we are trying to achieve at RNH and it is always nice to receive positive feedback,” he said.
“The networking opportunity was fantastic and we will certainly look to learn from each other drawing on the key strengths of each organisation,” Mr Mills concluded.