Friday 08 February 2019

Pictured Above: MIIC Nurse Unit Manager Linda Goltz taking patient Archer's temperature with Mum Rachael and brothers Finlay and Leith looking on.

Bass Coast Health’s Minor Injuries & Illness Clinic (MIIC) is in expert hands, with one of its most experienced nurses overseeing the daily running of the service.


Linda Goltz first started working at Bass Coast Health (BCH) 30 years ago as a Nurse and Midwife. Since then, she has had many and varied roles within the health service – each reflecting the versatility of her skills and each providing an opportunity to extend her skills and expertise.


“I’ve done just about everything”, laughs Linda. “I’ve had stints in the Surgical Ward and Emergency Departments, in Residential Care and most recently as Manager of the Women, Children and Families Department, which incorporated the Maternity Ward and Maternal and Child Health Services”.


Now, as Nurse Unit Manager of the MIIC, Linda is responsible for the oversight of the clinic, also using her advanced nursing skills to treat people presenting with minor ailments such as earaches, fish hooks, rashes, sore throats, insect bites and sunburn.


She’s thoroughly enjoying her new role, due in part, to the gratitude expressed by MIIC patients.


“This clinic has been well supported by the Phillip Island Community to the Phillip who are relieved to have a 24/7 health service available locally. They’re very satisfied with the service we’re offering, which makes my role all the more rewarding”, she says.


An Islander herself, Linda says she loves that the role allows her to work in her local community.


“I’m also passionate about being able to offer people instant care when they need it. It’s very rewarding to see the difference that the MIIC makes”, she says.


Linda is already one of BCH’s most qualified nurses, with a post graduate in Midwifery, post graduate in Child Family and Community Nursing and Masters in Nursing (Emergency) .She has also completed Certificates in Immunisation at Latrobe University and Sexual Health through Family Planning Victoria. Linda is now continuing her professional development journey to obtain her Nurse Practitioner qualification within the next two years. This will enable her to treat patients independently without the direct supervision of a doctor.


Linda is grateful that BCH has given her the opportunity to experience so many areas of nursing over the years where she could the opportunity to build and utilise her skills, and serve her community.


In her spare time, Linda is likely to be exploring great restaurants, collecting Australian lithograph prints, and enjoying long (10km) walks in our beautiful communities.


“I guess you could say I have fairly eclectic interests. I love being creative. I make macramé and love immersing myself in extensive knitting projects. I also enjoy going to live music venues and festivals. At the moment I’m also doing a Reflexology course just for something different”, she says.


For more information about the MIIC, call 5951 2101 or go to