Tracy jumps on board
This month, we sat down with new Inglewood District Health Service Chief Executive Officer and Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership Board Member, Tracy Wilson, and got to know the woman behind the Inglewood team.
What drew you to the role of IDHS CEO?
I was looking for the next challenge in my career and thought I was ready for the role of CEO of a small rural health service.
What has surprised you most about working with Inglewood?
The level of care and dedication of the staff never ceases to amaze me.
The community are very welcoming of new people; I have relocated to Wedderburn and I have been warmly welcomed by this community.
What do you find most challenging about working in rural health?
The thing I find the most challenging is ensuring people have access to the services they need, regardless of where they happen to reside. It would be great if there was equity in the health system.
If you could change one thing in the Bendigo and Loddon regions what would it be?
I think it would be great if the people of the community took a louder stand for health and community based services.
Rural people are often very accepting of what they receive. Sometimes, I wish they got a bit more vocal about receiving equal services to their metropolitan counterparts.
When your friends and family find out that you work for IDHS, what do they say or ask most often?
Firstly, what was I thinking relocating further from Melbourne, and where is Inglewood exactly?
Then they ask me what is it exactly that you do. As you can appreciate, it is a very diverse role and in one day I discussed budgets and financial reports to be then asked my opinion about the cleaning of the blocked sewer pipes! As I said, it is a diverse role.
What do you wish other people knew about IDHS and/or Inglewood?
I hope soon more people will know where IDHS is located and what a fabulous staff team we have here, providing incredible care for our clients, patients and residents.
We have great plans for IDHS and with a new executive team, Dallas Coghill (Director Clinical and Community Services) and I have a fantastic opportunity to reshape this service ready for the future. It has great potential for us to explore and implement changes across the service. Watch this space!
What might we be surprised to know about you?
I am a dedicated home renovator. I am always looking for the next project to undertake. I am currently into wallpaper and have a project underway in my new home in Wedderburn.
If you weren't working in health what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like?
Firstly, I can’t imagine not doing what I am currently doing but I think I would have followed the interior design / home renovation pathway.
What do you do when you aren't working?
Usually, I enjoy time with my family and friends. I have a fabulous husband and two grown sons with partners who are just wonderful - I could be slightly biased there. I enjoy spending time with them and travelling with my husband.
Our latest adventure was cruising from Sydney to Hawaii. This photo was taken in a village in Fiji where I drank Kava, got covered in mud and finished off with an amazing massage, which is why I am looking so relaxed!
What benefits do you hope to gain for your organisation and/or community by being a member of the Bendigo Loddon primary Care Partnership?
I am looking forward to the opportunities that partnership brings. We cannot be all things to all people alone but when we partner, incredible things can happen.