Narromine Health Service Manager Jodie Wason is enjoying the benefits of working in rural health since starting work with the Western NSW Local Health District ten months ago.
Jodie was appointed Health Service Manager for both Narromine and Trangie Multipurpose Health Services (MPS) in August last year and said she has been made very welcome and supported by staff and both local Health Councils.
“From my first day I have felt like part of the team here and have been really impressed with the service our nurses provide to Narromine and Trangie as they have an outstanding dedication to looking after people within the community,” she said.
Having grown up on a sheep and cattle station west of Brewarrina, Jodie is happy to be back working in a country town after working for a private health care company managing Immigration Detention Centres.
“I have always loved the country and because of my rural background I have a fair understanding of the hardships that people encounter living and working in small communities, along with the connection people have with the land,” Jodie said.
“It’s this reason that I decided at the beginning of 2013 that I wanted to return to Dubbo and seek work around the area”.
Jodie said one of the biggest challenges in rural areas is recruiting and retaining staff.
“However we are very fortunate in Narromine to have gained two Registered Nurses to join our team while some of our permanent nurses are on maternity leave,” she said.
“Trangie has also recently had two new casual Enrolled Nurses start which has been extremely helpful”.
Jodie said that the benefits of working in a rural health setting outweigh any challenges, in particular the relaxed and easy going nature of people in country towns. She also likes the opportunities for multi-skilling which being a rural nurse provides.
“As a rural nurse you don’t just specialise in one area, you need to be a jack of all trades when it comes to medicine, from educating patients about diabetes, to being a wound specialist or cardiac nurse. You also gain a high level of experience in the Emergency Department and knowledge about aged care.
“Life is never dull in a rural setting especially in the health care environment where there is always something going on, which is probably the opposite of what some people from the city think. It’s still go, go, go!” Jodie said.
“I also believe that in rural towns you build a closer relationship with other emergency services such as police and ambulance officers as you rely on each other a little more than you might do in bigger health care facilities”.
She wants to encourage people to think about using their private health insurance when using services at Narromine or Trangie MPS.
“The money received from your private health fund stays with the health service when you choose to use your private health insurance here, so it benefits the whole community.” she said.
“There are no excess costs or co-payments as these will be waived and we will also look after all of the paperwork”.
Jodie said she is looking forward to working in the Narromine and Trangie community for some time to come, and that locals should be proud of its health service.
“We are very fortunate to have great staff and health councils here providing a wonderful health service in the community and I am very happy to be part of it”.
Media Contact: To organise an interview and/or photo with Jodie please contact Media Manager Vanessa Delaney on 0417 511 738