The many achievements of Victoria’s rural health professionals will be celebrated at the Victorian Rural Health Awards this March in Sale.
Over 30 men and women will take centre stage to be formally recognised for their outstanding contributions to their communities.
The awards, hosted by RWAV since 2005, acknowledge doctors, medical specialists, Aboriginal health workers, general practices, nurses, allied health workers, practice managers, GP locums and medical students making a difference across rural Victoria.
“These healthcare workers make a significant contribution to the well-being of rural Victorians,” said RWAV Board Chair, Dr Sue Harrison.
Doctors who have dedicated more than 35 years of service to rural healthcare will also be honoured.
“The people nominated for these awards are the face of primary healthcare in Victoria and we want to celebrate their hard work and dedication,” said Dr Harrison. “The awards are also a way for communities to show their gratitude.”
Every year nominations are put forward by members of the public, community organisations and local healthcare providers and are assessed by a panel of representatives from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals Australia.
The awards will be held in Sale, Friday 4 March, 6-8pm at the Sale Turf Club.
Length of Service Award
Dr David Ball – Mooroopna
Dr Nicholas Barker – Red Cliffs
Dr Ian Barratt – Warrnambool
Dr Daniel Silver – Castlemaine
Dr Graham Stephens – Healesville
Dr David Tynan – Maryborough
Rural Doctor Award – Outstanding Contribution
Dr Chris Perry – Leongatha
Dr Hoe Sin Ooi – Golden Square
Dr Donald Liu – Warracknabeal
Dr Mehdi Sanati Pour – Mildura
Dr Bala Pillai – Echuca
Dr Peter Nesbitt – Echuca
Rural Doctor Award – New Rural Doctor
Dr Alison Wilde – Toora
Medical Specialist Award
Dr Safwat Bassili – Balwyn
Aboriginal Health Award
Garry Giles – Echuca
Margaret Murray – Wodonga
Johanna Nesbitt – Echuca
Rural General Practice Award
Mount Beauty Medical Centre
Echuca Moama Family Medical Practice
Rural Nursing Award
Robyn Butler – Leongatha
Rural Allied Health Professional Award
Kay Knight – Echuca
Practice Manager Award
Judy Robb – Leongatha
GP Locum Award
Dr Siobhan Reddel
Medical Student Award
Samantha Walker – Deakin University