“I HAVEN’T moved here to move away.”
It’s a strong commitment to Walcha from the town’s newest dietitian. Kimberley Peacey has set up base in town and she hopes to be there for the long haul.
Growing up 100km out of Longreach, QLD, Ms Peacey said “little towns often miss out” when it comes to locally-based health professionals.
Ms Peacey took up the gig to be closer to her partner who works on a farm in Walcha and spoke highly of the small community.
“I can relate to the people and they’re very down to earth,” she said.
“You’ll never get an experience like working rurally.”
While she hasn’t been on the ground long, Ms Peacey said Walcha was facing similar issues to the rest of the state in dietetics, including diabetes, heart disease and chronic illness. Ms Peacey said funding was a big factor in rural health recruitment and retention at the moment.