WHEN Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton visited Wentworth recently to make an announcement about heath services for the region, it was an opportunity for stakeholders to get together to discuss the issues relating to the town’s needs.
And, that is precisely what president of the Wentworth District Community Medical Centre Glenis Beaumont and general manager of remote health services in Far West, Denise McCallum took time out to do.
Based in Broken Hill, Denise’s role requires her to travel wide and far across rural NSW visiting towns in the Far West Area Health region.
“As general manager of remote health services in Far West, I cover the communities of Tibooburra, Wilcannia, White Cliffs, Ivanhoe, Menindee, Balranald, Dareton and Wentworth,” Denise said.
“I am also somewhat of a courier with people asking me to drop things off when I do my trip.
“When you’re travelling out to the sites to help them any stores that you can take – courier out to them I am happy to help and likewise there’s always something to bring back as well.
“Even through COVID I have been able to maintain my visits to the various sites and give support to my teams. We have changed some of the ways that we have done things – we have used Telehealth a lot and where travel is concerned limiting the numbers in the cars but we have still been able to provide all of the services that we need to provide across the districts.”
Apart from her role as president of the Wentworth District Community Medical Centre, Glenis Beaumont is also on the board of the Mildura Base Public Hospital.
“The new Mildura Base Hospital is going very well and the new management team and staff are doing a great job. We were elected six months prior to the transition to public administration and we operated as an advisory committee for several months prior to the September 15 handover,” Glenis said.
“The board has been meeting via ZOOM due to COVID and exercise that caution, but we are looking forward to having face to face meetings soon.”