WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson announces resignation

1 May 2017

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) chief executive Julie Patterson has announced she will step down from her role in late October this year.

Mrs Patterson informed WDHB board chair Dot McKinnon, the board and senior staff on Friday following what she described as a great deal of thought.

Mrs McKinnon said while she will be very sad to see Mrs Patterson leave, “I have full faith that the skills Julie has brought to Whanganui DHB will be put to good use in other areas of the health sector for which she has served for close to 50 years”.

WDHB to launch two new mental health programmes for parents

7 April 2017

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is launching two new programmes designed to support clinicians working with parents or caregivers who experience mental illness.

Called Keeping Families and Children in Mind and Let’s Talk, both programmes are focused on encouraging conversations that help children better understand what their parents are experiencing and very importantly - that they didn’t cause their parents’ illness.

WDHB gets behind April Falls Month

4 April 2017

April marks the start of the annual April Falls campaign, which the Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC), district health boards and other of health service providers promote for the good of everybody.

National clinical lead for the HQSC’s Reducing Harm from Falls Programme and Whanganui DHB director of nursing, patient safety and quality Sandy Blake says April Falls Month is a good time to focus on the problem of falls and the harm that falls can cause – especially for older people.

Stop Smoking Practitioner

 

  • Do you get excited about helping people to change their lives?
  • Are you interested in a career in health?
  • Are you confident with technology and willing to learn new skills?
  • Are you self-driven and able to work well in a team environment?

 

Clinical Director/Urgent Care Doctor

 

Whanganui Accident & Medical is seeking applications from an experienced and motivated FRNZCUC qualified doctor, for the key role of Clinical Director/Urgent Care Doctor. This is a permanent .5 to 1 FTE position (hours by negotiation), responsible for the urgent care medical team.

The applicant will be working in a stimulating environment, providing urgent care to a diverse urban and rural population.

WDHB advises people to look after their mental health over Christmas

Media Release
8 December 2016

While Christmas can be a little stressful for some, it can be harder for those with mental ill-health says WDHB associate director of nursing (Mental Health Service) Jeff Hammond who this week, issued five tips to help people maintain good mental health over Christmas.

New Breastfeeding App

Health professions and mothers welcome new breastfeeding app

Mothers and health professionals have welcomed a new smart phone app because it provides “one source of information all on one app, reducing the need for lots of resources.”

BreastFedNZ is a free app available on Apple and Android devices which provides simple, consumer focused information alongside illustrations, photos, video clips, web links and personal stories.

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