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Team members and management at Rural Northwest Health are reveling in the recognition of back-to-back brilliance after once again being announced Victoria’s Small Health Service of the Year.

Rural Northwest Health CEO Catherine Morley accepted the Premier’s award at a gala function at the Pullman on the Park in Melbourne on Monday night. She was accompanied on stage by board chair Leo Casey, vice chair Sally Gebert and executive members Wendy Walters, Wendy James and Ngareta Melgren.

Ms Morley said the award was testament not just to the team members, board members and executive but the communities of Warracknabeal, Hopetoun and Beulah.

“There is no doubt we have an amazing team at Rural Northwest Health and everyone works toward the same goal of being the best we can at keeping our community healthy and looking after our residents and clients,” Ms Morley said.

“But it takes more than a board, an executive and managers and team members to achieve what we do,” she said.

“We engage heavily with our community and the families of our residents and clients to make sure they are holding us to account and making us the best we can be.

“We develop our services around the feedback we receive.”

Ms Morley said the diversity of the programs developed at Rural Northwest Health were recognised throughout the industry.

We have some amazing community programs and organisational programs that are innovative across all areas,” she said.

“But perhaps the most poignant moment was when the picture we provided went up on the screen with our nomination.

“It was a photo of team members and executive dressed up as jungle animals for a special ‘safari style’ staff training event.

“The room burst into laughter but the picture spoke a thousand words about the emphasis we place on having fun at work, being there for everyone and making each other’s day.

“It’s why what we do works so well.”

Rural Northwest Health won the award from other finalists West Wimmera Health Services and Kyneton Health Service.


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