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AgLife: Asthma warning for the Wimmera

A Wimmera harvest combined with a thunderstorm season has prompted a Wimmera Health Care Group warning to people who suffer from asthma and-or hayfever. Respiratory nurse Heather Macdonald said there was a confirmed link between hay-fever, asthma and thunderstorms and it was important for people to be prepared. “With the combination of thunderstorms and harvest […]

PHOTOS | Ararat’s Run With The Wind

Kylie Mayne in the 21km race at Run With The Wind Ararat at Ararat Wind Farm.

The inaugural Run with the Wind Ararat is the first running festival inside a wind farm in Victoria. Experienced Kaniva marathon runner David Staehr, above, was first across the line in a 21km section. Narelle Frichot won the women’s 21km. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

Wimmera River challenge to return

Community groups and healthcare organisations will join members of the Wimmera Aboriginal community at Dimboola’s Riverside Holliday Park on November 30 and December 1 for a weekend of fun and activities on the Wimmera River.

Runners are at the ready to Run with the Wind at Ararat

Organisers are applying the finishing touches for an inaugural Run with the Wind Ararat event – the first running festival inside a wind farm in Victoria. The event at Ararat Wind Farm will feature running courses of five and 10 kilometres, as well as a gruelling half marathon. If successful, it is also likely to […]

My Care Boards aid communication at Wimmera Health Care

Wimmera Health Care Group is installing new patient information boards to help improve the flow of communication. Patient services acting director Kym Peter said acquisition of the ‘My Care Boards’ was in response to a project by a graduate nurse group that showed the communication boards helped initiate better conversations between patients, nurses and doctors. […]

Women’s Health Grampians launches equality project

A regional women’s health group has launched a new project to raise awareness of diversity and empower western Victorian women to lead change in their communities. Women’s Health Grampians is developing the Equality for All project to strengthen regional program Communities of Respect and Equality, CoRE, to prevent violence against women and their children. The […]

Influenza outbreak hits Wimmera Nursing Home

Several cases of influenza at Wimmera Nursing Home have prompted Wimmera Health Care Group to asking the community to avoid visiting the centre. Residential services director Maree Woodhouse said several people had contracted influenza and the health service was taking steps to isolate the outbreak. “In an effort to reduce the spread of infection, we […]

Experience for Nhill College student Mu Yeh Htoo

By SARAH SCULLY Nhill College year-10 student Mu Yeh Htoo has gained firsthand medical experience while pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. Mu learnt about the complexities of a modern health service during work experience at Ballarat Health Services. Mu said he gained valuable knowledge and experience throughout the week, spending time in radiology, […]

Purple dancers for cancer at Hamilton Lamb Hall

Old-time dancers participating in a regular ‘Dance for Cancer’ took to the Horsham Hamilton Lamb Memorial Hall floor to raise money for Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a ‘fun and moving’ overnight experience that raises vital money for Cancer Council research, prevention and support services. Organisers decorated the hall with a ‘splash of […]

New leader for East Grampians Health Service

Ararat’s East Grampians Health Service board has appointed Andrew Freeman its new chief executive. Board chairwoman Nancy Panter said the board chose Mr Freeman, who has been interim chief executive for nearly four years, after an extensive selection process. “Mr Freeman brings more than 13 years’ experience in executive leadership roles in rural health,” she […]


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