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After nine years of piloting and guiding the development of an award-winning aged care model, Warracknabeal campus manager of Aged Care, Wendy Walters has resigned.

Ms Walters has accepted a position as campus manager of aged care with Wimmera Health Care Group. She follows former RNH CEO Catherine Morley to the Horsham-based organisation as the director of residential services.

RNH CEO Kevin Mills said Ms Walters had propelled aged care at Warracknabeal and Hopetoun to a world standard level.

“Wendy has been an amazing asset to RNH,” Mr Mills said.

“Her dedication to developing a model of care that is recognised and feted worldwide has is proof of her passion for our residents and those living with dementia,” he said.

“It’s because of Wendy and her dedicated aged care team that we have world leading aged care here on the edge of the Mallee.

“I look forward to continuing a working association with Wendy through various Wimmera Southern Mallee Health Alliance projects.”

Ms Morley said she was pleased to have Ms Walters join WHCG.

“We look forward to focussing on how we can support the region to be nationally recognised through partnerships with the Wimmera Southern Mallee Health Alliance,” Ms Morley said

Ms Walters said in her earlier years at RNH, she and Ms Morley developed the world-renowned ABLE model of care with support from aged care team members.

“There was certainly input from carers and RNH nurses as we developed the model,” Wendy said.

“I am very proud of the recognition the ABLE model has received from our peers, both nationally and internationally,” she said.

“It was an honour for me to be part of a team that also achieved several state and national aged care awards so I will always be very proud of my time at RNH.

“I feel both proud and privileged of my time there.”

Wendy’s passion for the very best aged care has also rubbed off on the community. There would hardly be a resident in the Yarriambiack region that didn’t have a better understanding or awareness of aged care in the past decade.

She continues to find ways to improve on the care provided, regularly attending conferences throughout Australia and overseas.

“I feel I’ve achieved as much as I can for RNH now and it’s time for fresh eyes to take over,” Wendy said.

“The best thing for me would be that our team members feel proud to work in aged care and I know they do,” she said.

“But also for the community to want to bring their loved ones to RNH knowing they will receive the very best care possible.”

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