Celebrating
Outstanding
Rural Health
Professionals
Since 2005 RWAV has proudly hosted the annual Victorian Rural Health Awards to recognise the outstanding contributions made by health professionals working in rural communities.
The awards honour the exceptional medical professionals, nurses, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers and practice managers working across rural Victoria.
The Victorian Rural Health Awards are supported by the Victorian Government.

The Awards Categories

The Victorian Rural Health Awards includes the 8 categories

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY A RURAL GP

This award recognises a general practitioner who has shown commitment to regional and rural communities, and has gone above and beyond to provide care to the community.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY A RURAL GENERALIST

This award recognises a rural generalist who has shown on-going commitment to providing exceptional care to meet the current and future health care needs of their community.

RISING STAR AWARD

This award celebrates the future face of rural health care. Each year we recognise a junior health professional who has shown a true passion for rural health.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY A RURAL ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

This award recognises an allied health professional who has shown commitment to regional and rural communities and has gone above and beyond to provide services to the community.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY A RURAL PRACTICE MANAGER

This award recognises a practice manager who has shown professional and personal commitment to regional and rural communities through their leadership and innovation.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY A RURAL OUTREACH PROVIDER

This award recognises a health professional who has gone above and beyond to provide outreach services in communities where there is limited patient access to care.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION BY A RURAL NURSE/MIDWIFE

This award recognises an exceptional rural nurse or midwife who has delivered outstanding patient care, positive outcomes and performs above the expectations of their role.

CLOSING THE GAP AWARD

The award recognises a health professional, team or organisation who has made significant contributions in providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities.

In 2021, the Victoria Rural
Health Awards ceremony were
held online on 10 June 2021.

In 2021, the Victoria Rural Health Awards ceremony were held online on 10 June 2021.

Congratulations
to our 2021 VRHA Winners!

Outstanding Contribution By a Rural GP
Dr Peter "Justin" Madden
Otway Medical Clinic
Recently retired from General Practice, Dr Madden is recognised for his contribution to the Colac community over nearly four decades. Dr Madden has been a credentialed VMO at the Colac Hospital for 38 years and for the last 25 years he has provided weekly clinics to aged care residents.
Outstanding Contribution by a Nurse/Midwife
Louise Holland
Bendigo Community Health Services
Nurse Practitioner Louise Holland has been at the forefront of sexual and reproductive health and women’s health for over 25 years. She plays a vital role in responding to the needs of the community including young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, gay men, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Practice Manager
Miffanwy Shelton
Corangamite Clinic Colac
Miffy Shelton runs a busy general practice clinic that provides medical services to Colac Area Health. Miffy is recognised for guiding the clinic through the Covid-19 pandemic including arranging adaptations to practice, facilitating working from home for at risk GPs, telemedicine, time out for all staff and organizing Covid-19 immunisation clinics.
Rising star award
Muhammad Yousuf
HeadtoHelp Wellington (Sale)
Muhammad joined the team at HeadtoHelp Wellington as a provisional psychologist after recognising increased demand following drought, bushfires and more recently Covid-19. To meet the needs of his clients, he has undertaken further studies and is currently completing a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Generalist
Dr Elizabeth Garoni
Mt Beauty Medical Centre and The Gardens Albury
Dr Garoni has been working in the Mount Beauty community for more than 20 years. She provides comprehensive general practice and emergency care including x-ray services, fracture management, obstetrics and palliative care and is a credentialled Visiting Medical Officer at Alpine Health.
Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Allied Health Professional
Dr Naomi Malone
A Life Simply Lived Psychology, Boort
Dr Malone has worked in rural practice for almost two decades. Since establishing her practice in Boort, she has worked hard to provide outreach services in neighbouring communities. Dr Malone’s reputation for providing quality clinical supervision has also led to her being a highly sought-after clinical supervisor Australia wide.
Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Outreach Provider
Dr Andrew Horwood
Outreach to Wimmera region
Dr Horwood has been undertaking outreach visits to the Wimmera region one week a month for the last two and a half years. He works closely with multi-disciplinary teams, in particular the Persistent Pain Program at Wimmera Health Care Group, to improve patient education and reduce patient’s reliance on opiate medication.
Closing the Gap award
Dr Karoline Gunn
Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative, Warrnambool
Dr Karoline Gunn has been working at Gunditjmara health clinic since October 2018. She is involved with the Clontarf Foundation, performing health checks for young Aboriginal boys, undertaking women’s health screening days, breast screening and bowel screening, alongside regular health checks specifically for Aboriginal people.
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