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Rural Northwest Health team members are over the moon with their performance level after another seemingly flawless accreditation.

Yarriambiack Lodge was accredited for 44 national standards earlier this week and auditors have recommended approval for every single standard. This comes on the back of a recently assessed full recommendation for the acute team at both Hopetoun and Warracknabeal campuses.

Rural Northwest Health CEO Catherine Morley said the result was a wonderful team effort.

“Our aged care campus manager Wendy Walters and Yarriambiack Lodge nurse unit manager Irene Perry have put a lot of time and effort toward getting this outcome,” Ms Morley said.

“But it takes the entire team working toward the same result which is making our residents feel comfortable and happy while looking after their health,” she said.

“When everyone is on the same page, this is a lot easier to achieve.”

Ms Morley said the National Standards assessors spoke with managers, board members, team members, residents and their family members as part of the accreditation process.

“There was plenty of great feedback but one particular comment brought it home for us,” she said.

“A family member told the assessors how mum was ‘blossoming since she moved in’ to Yarriambiack Lodge.

“She wouldn’t go to the letterbox when she lived at home but now she is out and about all the time.”

While thanking everyone involved at the announcement of the accreditation results, Ms Walters paid special tribute to Mrs Perry who is retiring next month.

“This is Irene’s last accreditation before she retires and she has worked hard to make it her best one,” Ms Walters said.

Rural Northwest Health has been awarded Victoria’s small health service of the year for the past two years.

Picture caption : Yarriambiack Lodge team members celebrate with board member Carolyn Morcom (fourth from right).

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