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Bass Coast Health
shakes up nursing team
BASS Coast Health have made the decision to
amalgamate its District Nursing and Palliative
Care offices, downsizing from two offices, to just
one in San Remo.
The aim of the move is to concentrate all re-
sources in one place, and to better serve the
catchment area of Bass Coast.
However, the upheaval has angered some staff
members at Bass Coast Health, with one em-
ployee being pushed to breaking point, contact-
ing the Sentinel Times in an anonymous letter to
express discontent over the changes to the way
nursing services are delivered in the community.
According to the letter, all operations of the
District Nursing and Palliative Care office will
now be based at the San Remo Community
“This now means that every eight hour district
nursing shift will now be reduced to a seven
hour shift, with an extra one hour drive time for
each nurse. This loss of one hour will reduce
nursing patient care by one hour every shift,” ac-
cording to the letter.
“Also the overnight palliative care on call nurse
specialist service (one at San Remo, one at Won-
thaggi) will be cut to only one nurse for the entire
San Remo and Wonthaggi region.
“As a person who works in community health,
I feel strongly that the community needs to know
about the issue.”
CEO of Bass Coast Health, Jan Child, said
that the bringing together of the district nurs-
ing and palliative care units was a part of the
improvement of services as per the Clinical Ser-
“We’re amalgamating the team, and bringing
all the nursing teams together into one,” Ms
“There is no loss of jobs. In fact, there’s an in-
crease in service and in jobs. We’ve been looking
at the data since I’ve been here, and it says that
we’re underservicing or not able to respond ad-
equately to some referral bases.
“Phillip Island is a good example of this; there
we have a lesser referral basis to that of Wont-
haggi. We want to put our team in the centre of
that catchment, which is San Remo.”
Before the change, the District Nursing and
Palliative Care team had two bases: one in Won-
thaggi and one in San Remo.
Bass Coast Health District Nursing Service
provides a range of nursing specific services for
people in their own home to optimise indepen-
dence, health and wellbeing outcomes.
District nurses offer a range of at-home ser-
vices, including wound care management, nurs-
ing support for patients recently released from
hospital, and clients receiving cancer care for
This change is now bringing together all the
nurses at one base in San Remo in the centre of
the Bass Coast catchment area.
“The point of having one base is that when the
team are having down time, or are in meetings,
it’s all at the one base,” Ms Child said.
“We are actually entering a five week consul-
tation period with staff members. We recognise
this change is really difficult, but the clinical ser-
vices plan says strongly that we need to build
our community nursing program.
“We need better coordinated care, and that’s
easier to achieve with one team policy and one
strategy. We’re going to invest in our staff, so they
can cover the care needs of our community with
The changes to the District Nursing and Pallia-
tive Care come on the back of the announcement
that the release of the Clinical Services Plan for
the hospital has been delayed until March 2017,
not November 2016 as previously stated.
Jessica Wiseman learns from Pro Windsurfer Guy Cribb during an elite coaching session
at Inverloch last week. a080417
Why Inverloch’s the ‘best
windsurfing place in the world!
WORLD-renowned windsurfing coach, Guy
Cribb, held a windsurfing clinic in Inverloch
over the past week, from January 19 to the
21 of January.
The 13 times UK windsurfing champion
came all the way from Bournmouth in the
south of England.
And this is his seventh year running wind-
surfing clinics in Australia.
“I come to Australia twice a year,” he said.
“Inverloch is absolutely awesome. Its design
is perfect for windsurfing. It’s tailor-made be-
cause you can go from one sandbank to an-
Dan Poynton, the President of the Inverloch
Windsurfing Club (IWC) agrees.
“Anderson Inlet is a world-class windsurfing
venue. It has flat water perfect for speed sail-
ing, slalom and free riding. It is also great for
wave sailing at the surf beach.”
He should know, he has travelled the world
windsurfing and he agrees with Guy that In-
verloch is one of the best places in the world
There are 13 people taking part in the clinic.
All are experienced windsurfers and relished
the opportunity for professional coaching
from a windsurfing icon like Guy Cribb.
Most are from Melbourne with one guy trav-
elling all the way from Adelaide to take part
in the clinic.
The weather was perfect, the water superb
and the wind did all the right things, they said.
Although when the change came through on
Thursday afternoon, and easterly wind speeds
topped 50km/h across the inlet whipping up
white horses right across the entrance, it cer-
tainly challenged the best of them.
UK windsurfing champ and world-renowned coach Guy Cribb with keen students at a
three-day windsurfing clinic at Inverloch last week. a090417
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