MORE individualised care, expanded allied health services and increased operations are all earmarked for the coming 12 months at the Camperdown hospital.
The South West Healthcare campus has also welcomed a new leader with Janine Dureau-Finn taking on the role of acting manager, after long-term manager Rod Jubb embarked on more than 12 months long-service leave.
Camperdown local Natasha Swayn will be second in charge at the hospital, taking on the role of unit manager after Grant Holmes vacated the position to return to full-time acute care duties at Warrnambool’s emergency department.
Now in her third week in the role, Ms Dureau-Finn said 2016 is shaping up to be “very busy and very exciting” for the hospital.
“One of the biggest changes will be the adoption of Montessori care principles for our residents in Merindah Lodge,” she said.
“It marks a move away from more regimented care where residents’ day-to-day activities are pretty much mapped out for them in a daily routine.
“Montessori principles are more personalised – if the residents don’t want to shower at a particular time they don’t have to, if they don’t want to take part in an activity, they don’t have to.”
Each resident’s past interests are also considered, with a view to continuing them.
Ms Dureau-Finn said the more person-centred care approach will be a challenge to implement.
Camperdown’s Allied Health Services will also be expanded with specialists in speech therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics and physiotherapy already secured.
“Those services will be provided either here at the hospital itself or at Manifold Place,” Ms Dureau-Finn said.
“We haven’t had regular access to these specialists until now.
“Having them here regularly means we will have an effective multi-disciplinary approach for the Camperdown and district community’s care needs.”
The hospital’s operating theatre is also expected to increase its throughput numbers with the possibility of new procedures now being explored.
Ms Dureau-Finn said she is excited about her new role.
“There is a real hype and buzz around the hospital with a lot of positivity about moving forward,” she said.
“I’ve been very welcomed and am looking forward to all the challenges ahead.”
Ms Dureau-Finn was appointed to the role after holding the role of community health manager for South West Healthcare’s Warrnambool and Macarthur campuses.
She previously worked in the field of chronic illness management across the region, including Manifold Place, and was integral in developing the Hospital Assessment Risk Program (HARP).