Wimmera Health Care Group is excited to announce Wendy Walters is joining their team after nine years of excellent results in aged care at Rural Northwest Health.

Ms Walters is taking on the role of director residential services.

Currently the Warracknabeal campus manager of aged care, Wendy Walters has nine years piloting and guiding the development of an award-winning aged care model,

She follows former Rural Northwest Health (RNH) CEO Catherine Morley to the Wimmera Health Care Group.

“We are very pleased to have her join us and 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.

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 is proof of her passion for our residents and those living with dementia.

“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 Walters said she and Ms Morley developed the ABLE model of care with the support of RNH aged care team members.

“There was certainly input from various carers and managers as we developed the model,” Ms Walters said.

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

“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.”

Ms Walters 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,” she said.

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