Photo: Training Organisation of the Year: Central West Health Nurse Educator Danielle Causer holds
the award recently won by the health service.

Central West Hospital and Health Service has been named Training Organisation of the Year
for 2016 by a nationally recognised provider of clinical training services.

The award was conferred on the health service by Brisbane-based HealthCare Training

The training organisation was founded in 1994 and provides clinical training programs for health
professionals across Australia, as well as England, Sweden, Dubai and Mongolia.

Central West Health Nurse Educator Danielle Causer said the award recognised the work the
health service had done during 2016 to ensure health professionals in the region had access to
high-quality training programs and were able to maintain and build specialised skills.

The award citation noted that:

“Central West Hospital and Health Service has once again shown extraordinary organisationalwide
commitment to training. Your collaboration and support to ensure the delivery of quality
training for your staff and the wider health care community is outstanding.”

Ms Causer said Central West Health contracted HealthCare Training Service to deliver a
number of training programs during the course of the year, including advanced life support and
paediatric advanced life support programs.

“These programs are part of Central West Health’s commitment to provide all our staff with
access to appropriate training opportunities during the course of the year so as to allow them to
build and maintain vital clinical skills,’’ she said.

“We also make access to our contracted training programs available to other health care
organisations within our region as part of our commitment to working closely with them to
improve services and ensure seamless health care delivery to Central West residents.’’

Central West Health Acting Chief Executive Dr David Rimmer said the health service had made
access to appropriate training opportunities for all staff a priority since the establishment of the
independent hospital and health services in July 2012.

“We recognised early on that one of the major obstacles to successful recruitment and retention
of health professionals in rural and remote areas was a perceived lack of access to training and
continuing education opportunities when compared with metropolitan areas,’’ Dr Rimmer said.

“As such, we invest a lot of time and effort ensuring health professionals in our region are not
disadvantaged in terms of access to training opportunities by their remote location.’’