New Waroona Multipurpose Service Director of Nursing Helen Wilson brings a wide experience in
primary and aged care to her role.

“I’ve been nursing for more than 40 years but I have a particular passion for working in the aged care
sector, in both residential and community care,’’ she said.

“Our older people have contributed greatly to their communities over the years and are entitled to have
the best quality of life in their later years.

“As such, I’m looking forward to working with the residents and staff here to continue to make Waroona a
great place in which to live.’’

Mrs Wilson has previously worked in residential aged care as a service manager with a not-for-profit
provider in the Central West and managed multipurpose health services with aged care components in
both Queensland and New South Wales.

Immediately prior to joining the South West Hospital and Health Service as Waroona Director of Nursing,
she worked for the Brisbane North Primary Health Network, leading the roll-out of national primary care
reform with selected general practices in the PHN’s service area.

“But I love living and working in rural and remote areas and in aged care, so I was looking forward to
taking up my appointment here at Waroona,’’ she said.

“I enjoy the greater opportunities to work across government, non-government and community sectors
and develop integrated models of service delivery.

“This work is much more achievable in rural areas than metropolitan.’’

Mrs Wilson said her husband and other family members would be joining her in Charleville later in the
year.

She said her experience in Charleville so far had been fabulous.

“The staff, residents and families at Waroona have been very welcoming and the community very
friendly,’’ she said.

“I absolutely love camping and I’ve heard there’s a river near here with lots of good camping spots, so
I’m planning on tapping into some local knowledge to find some of those places, and any others that
people can tell me about.’’

South West HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Chris Small said Mrs Wilson was
very highly experienced in and knowledgeable about aged care and was a valuable addition to the health
service team.

“I welcome her to the South West and to Charleville and Waroona,’’ he said.

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For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au