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Caring for the Wimmera and Southern Mallee Region of Victoria

We Value Our People

Wimmera Health Care Group is committed to supporting and developing all members of our staff so that you can function safely and effectively at work, and experience satisfaction in your chosen jobs. To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to you all, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to provide confidential and professional counselling services. This program is fully funded by Wimmera Health Care Group and is available to help with both work-related and personal difficulties. Wimmera Health Care Group also a range of other benefits to employee including salary packaging, job security and excellent training opportunities.

Chris Scott
Chief Executive

Benefits of working at Wimmera Health Care Group

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Job Security
  • State of the art equipment and facilities
  • Excellent training opportunities
  • Salary Packaging
  • Liberal leave and holiday allowances
  • The opportunity to work with and alongside a wide range of professionals

Benefits of living and working in the Wimmera

The Wimmera is a large and diverse region that has something to offer everyone. 

WHCG Employer of Choice Business Partnership Program FAQs

What is an Employer of Choice program?

Modern organisations, large or small, private or public, strive to be recognised as Employers of Choice. This involves a range of incentives or benefits that form part of an employee’s conditions. The aim of these incentives is to facilitate recruitment of high-quality staff and ensure they remain employees of the organisation.

How can my business benefit?

Businesses that are part of WHCG’s Business Partnership Program gain direct access to our 850 staff across our campuses in Horsham and Dimboola. Your business and its offer to our staff is listed on our website and as part of our recruitment documentation. It will also be advertised in staff newsletters.

What could my business offer?

Some examples of benefits business could offer WHCG staff include:

  • Discount on purchases
  • Discounted membership rates
  • Loyalty programs
  • Buy 1 get 1 free
  • Discounted loan interest rates
  • Free ‘come and try’ passes or invitations
  • Free initial consultations

What benefits to WHCG staff already receive?

WHCG employees have access to salary packaging, flexible leave provisions and excellent training opportunities. We also offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide confidential and professional counselling services. This program is fully funded by Wimmera Health Care Group and is available to help with both work-related and personal difficulties.

The Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides assessment, counselling and support services to any employee who would like assistance to deal with any challenging issue. The EAP provides brief and timely intervention to help staff deal effectively with difficulties and assists with referral to other professionals or agencies if longer term assistance is required (up to three counselling sessions are provided free by Wimmera Health Care Group through the EAP).

What Issues Can the Employee Assistance Package Help With?

The range of issues that may be addressed through the EAP are broad and may relate to either personal or work-related matters, including:

  • stress and trauma
  • conflict with others
  • alcohol and substance abuse
  • gambling problems
  • career path planning
  • emotional problems
  • relationship / family problems
  • coping with change
  • lack of confidence
  • other health issues

This initiative aims to help you make decisions, identify your options, boost your coping skills and overall, to improve your management of the issue. It does not take control away from you.

Is It Confidential?

Yes. Whether you contact a Psychologist direct or through your department head, your confidentiality is assured. At times there may be benefits to a staff member to have the counsellor make contact with their department head. This may only occur with the written authority of the staff member involved. The nature of any information disclosed will be limited to that which the department head needs to know to support their staff member.

What Is Involved In Seeing A Counsellor?

A counselling session generally takes about an hour. Some people like to prepare for the session by jotting down notes about the key elements of the issue they wish to discuss. Others prefer just to meet with the counsellor and let it take a more natural course. Either way, the counsellor will aim to put you at ease and help you feel comfortable with the choice you have made to use the Employee Assistance Program.

When Can I Meet With A Counsellor?

Appointments are generally available between 8.30 am and 6.30 pm Monday to Friday. Specific requests for times outside of this will be met if possible. You are able to attend during work time at the discretion of your department head. The department head does not need to know why you are attending.

Who Provides The Assistance?

Wimmera Health Care Group has engaged a number of independent psychology and counselling practitioners who provide assistance. All practitioners are well qualified and experienced in this field to provide a professional, practical and caring service.

Where Do I Go?

Marie Aitken and Jenny Keir have comfortable and private rooms at Wimmera Medical Centre, Read Street, Horsham.

David Hovey has private rooms located at 283 Old Hamilton Road, Haven.

How do I Access The Employee Assistance Package?

You may call Wimmera Medical Centre on 5381 9090 to arrange an appointment with Marie Aitken or Jenny Keir.

Or

Phone David Hovey on 5382 4495 to arrange an appointment.

There may also be times when your department head, a colleague, or another person from work suggests that it would be helpful for you to talk with a counsellor and will help you to organise this, if you are agreeable. Remember, it is your choice.  When you call, please advise if the matter is urgent. You must state you are a staff member of Wimmera Health Care Group.