John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Partnership to ease the pain in Goldfields

    26/05/2006 9:42 AM

    Goldfields residents are set to get a renewed spring in their steps as a result of a partnership between the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) and the Goldfields South-East Health Region (GSEHR).

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler today welcomed a new addition to the staff at the Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital, podiatrist Katherine Craig.

    Ms Craig’s appointment fills a much needed position and was a result of the GEDC representing Western Australia at migration expos in the United Kingdom and Ireland last year.

    “I am delighted to finally meet Katherine after the close working relationship between the GEDC and the GSEHR resulted in this great outcome for the region,” Mr Bowler said

    “It has been well documented how much this community needs a podiatrist and finding Katherine was all based on the luck of the Irish!”

    GEDC senior project officer Stephanie Fletcher co-ordinated accessing the migration programs available to address skills shortages and Ms Craig was among the hundreds of people to inquire in Dublin, Ireland.

    Ms Craig’s boyfriend was already in Kalgoorlie and had previously been assisted by the GEDC through the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

    “I had a podiatrist who wanted to come to Kalgoorlie asking me if there was work. I could not believe it,” Ms Fletcher said.

    By the time Ms Fletcher returned from Ireland, Ms Craig had participated in a phone interview and reference checks had begun.

    GSEHR regional director Geraldine Ennis said Ms Craig would make a great difference in the delivery of health services in the region.

    “The hospital and health services have obtained many skilled workers through the migration programs and having GEDC available to assist us with the process has made it much easier,” Ms Ennis said.

    “It has been an amazing story, from Dublin to Kalgoorlie,” Ms Craig said.

    “I cannot believe it. I am happy to be here, enjoying the job and I am looking forward to staying.”

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