Aug 22
Western NSW Local Health district celebrates staff graduates

The often “invisible” staff of health will receive recognition tomorrow (Tuesday, 23 August) by the Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District.

Ron Dunham will present certificates to 23 maintenance workers and 8 managers who have attained qualifications through the Centre for Rural and Remote Education.

Mr Dunham said support services such as maintenance and hotel services are often the "invisible" staff within the health system.

“I would like to acknowledge their important contribution to the effective delivery of health services and thank them for their service.

Mr Dunham added that for most of the graduates it was their first formal post secondary education course achieved and a significant personal achievement.

The LHD will also recognise the graduation of 8 staff who have attained their Certificate IV in Front-Line Management as part of their ongoing professional development as managers within the Western NSW LHD.

The Front-Line Management (FLM) course is part of the LHD’s strategy to enhance management capability across both clinical and support services, said Mr Dunham.

“We want to foster a culture where staff are supported to undertake training, to provide currency of skills and knowledge in their current roles and for career progression.

“I extend congratulations to all the graduates and wish them well in any future training they wish to pursue – all of which goes to strengthening our organisation and the provision of services to the wider community,” said Mr Dunham.

Ms Michele Pitt, Acting Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Education, also extended her congratulations to the graduates.

She said the graduation is the result of the hard work of those who are graduating as well as the support and dedication of their educators.

“Ongoing professional development of staff builds a culture of life long learning, and has many positive outcomes for the organisation, staff and the communities to whom we deliver services,” said Ms Pitt.

“It is through the provision of ongoing professional development of staff that organisations can successfully fulfil their strategic goals.”

Ms Pitt said the educators in the Centre for Rural and Remote Education are committed to enabling individuals, and teams to carry out their duties effectively and realise their full potential.

The graduates are:

Certificate IV in Frontline Management: Christine Warwicker, A/HSM Dunedoo, Wendy Hill, Area ISOH Manager, Oral Health, Pieta Harrison, Clinical Nurse Educator, DBH, Zoe Rose, Primary Health Care Team Leader and Diabetes Educator, Lightning Ridge, Gae Honeysett, Call Centre Supervisor, Oral Health Service Dubbo, Kirbi Hocking, Clinical Support Officer, DBH, Jin Chen Chan and Kimberley Morris, eMR Application Support Officer, SurgiNet, Dubbo.

Asset Management/Certificate III in Government: Gavin Lloyd (Balranald), Kevin Burke (Bathurst), Kevin Packham (Coolah), Matthew Watts (Coonamble), Michael Cooper (Dubb), Rob Shaw (Dubbo), Graham Watmore (Dubbo), Stephen Willmott (Dubbo), Raymond Dickens (Eugowra), Raymond Genge (Forbes), Mick Couley (Gilgandra), Tony Gardiner (Gilgandra), William Pokarier (Goodooga), Craig Johnson (Grenfell), John Reberger (Lake Cargelligo), Gregory McCue (Lightning Ridge), Darren Goodlock (Molong), Richard Waters (Mudgee), Sam Frost (Orange), Peter McPhee (Parkes), Michael Staff (Rylstone), Ross Clark (Tullamore) and George Blunden (Wellington).