IN THE wake of the delta outbreaks across Victoria, at a local government level Stawell Regional Health are expanding its workforce to assist with testing and vaccination in the region.
Stawell Regional Health chief executive Kate Pryde, is reaching out to the medical, paramedicine, nursing and allied health workforce in the community to think about joining the local pandemic response efforts at Stawell Regional Health.
More appointments for vaccinations will be opened up as the health service starts looking to vaccinate community members 16 years and above.
"We need you to help expand our vaccinator team," Ms Pryde said.
"There are a number of doctors and nurses out there that have recently retired, or are on a break, we want to offer them opportunities to pick up half day sessions to support the Vaccination team."
With more qualified vaccinators on staff, Stawell Regional Health will be able to increase the service's vaccination and have the potential to open over the weekends.
"Our team are doing an amazing job - we are currently vaccinating 140 people a day - but with this recent change in eligibility we want to meet the demand and support our community in getting the job done," Ms Pryde said.
Nurses (registered or enrolled), paramedics and doctors that have any hours available will be able to help in the dedicated COVIC clinic with the vaccination administration or recovery of people just vaccinated.
Ms Pryde said anyone considering coming back into working with Stawell Regional Health would have the support of a very experienced and skilled team who will guide them and keep them safe.
All that is needed for currently registered nurses is the completion of COVID-19 online training - which takes less than a day to complete.
Stawell Regional Health are also looking for staff to support the COVID-19 testing service.
Ms Pryde said every time there was scare within the community, residents responded incredibly responsibly and went to get tested.
"Having additional staff than can be rostered on will ensure we will be able to continue to meet our community's demand and deliver these services in town," she said.
If you want more information or can help email Covid19.Workforce@srh.org.au.
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