Growing the Wimmera | Health workers share stories on film

EXPANDING HER HORIZONS: Rural Northwest Health's Ngareta Melgren moved to the Wimmera from New Zealand. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
EXPANDING HER HORIZONS: Rural Northwest Health's Ngareta Melgren moved to the Wimmera from New Zealand. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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THE region’s health leaders hope a video released earlier this year will continue to generate conversation and attract health workers to the area.

Wimmera Southern-Mallee Health Alliance agencies produced the video, which features five health workers speaking about why they moved to the region and what they enjoy about living and working in the area.

The alliance hoped the video would encourage people to consider moving to the Wimmera and southern Mallee, by highlighting the benefits of living and working in rural areas.

Wimmera Health Care Group, Rural Northwest Health, West Wimmera Health Service, and Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital are part of the alliance. 

Ngareta Melgren was among the people profiled in the video. She works at Rural Northwest Health in Warracknabeal.

She said the skills she had learned and the workload she had been exposed to since joining the organisation were fantastic.

“The kinds of opportunities I've had since coming to Warracknabeal are the kind of opportunities that, in New Zealand, you get when you've been sitting in an organisation for 10 to 15 years,” she said in the video.

Wimmera Primary Care Partnership also worked on the project.

Executive officer Geoff Witmitz said the video highlighted the positive aspects of working in regional Victoria.

“The hits on the clip have been really pleasing – it has been viewed about 1500 times on YouTube,” he said.

“It is also on the front page of the health organisations’ websites.

“We’ve had quite a lot of comments about it.

“We hope it will attract people to the area and let them know about the professional opportunities here.”

This story Growing the Wimmera | Health workers share stories on film first appeared on The Wimmera Mail-Times.