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June 2019

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Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos with award recipients Chon Witherden, Jamilla McCoy, Alan White, Emma Finch, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s Barry Hay, Renae Thorson and Joanna Weir and Gateway Health’s Jain Thompson, Sarah Sewell and Kelly Bayley.

Recognition for volunteers

Victoria’s tireless health volunteers have been honoured for their important work enriching the lives of patients.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced six health volunteer award recipients who were commended for their invaluable contribution improving the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

These volunteers and organisations are from right across the community – professionals visiting the elderly after work, retirees running support groups, young people using their own illness experience to raise awareness and first-aiders running response teams.

Their generous work makes a real difference to the lives of Victorians when they need it most.

Recipients of the 2019 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards are:

•       Jamilla McCoy, Very Special Kids – outstanding achievement by a young volunteer award;

•       Emma Finch, Link Health and Community – outstanding lifetime achievement

•       Peter Mac Radiation Therapy Mask Art, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Koala Kids – Better Care Victoria innovation award;

•       Listening to Voices Theatre, Gateway Health – supporting diversity award;

•       Alan White, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – improving public healthcare;

•       Chon Witherden, Barwon Health – improving the patient experience;

The awards included an honour roll paying tribute to volunteers who have contributed 50 years of service.

This included John Crennan from St John’s Ambulance Victoria, Yvonne Josephine Henderson from the Robinvale Ambulance auxiliary, Norman Wynne from the Maffra Ambulance auxiliary and the late Rod Patton who was an active member of the CFA and showed dedication to Ambulance Victoria and the Cowes community.

‘Our tireless local volunteers are the heart and soul of our healthcare system,’ said Ms Jenny Mikakos.

‘This is why we recognise and celebrate their amazing work.

‘The dedication and passion of our health volunteers truly changes patients’ lives for the better.

‘Volunteers step in and provide strong and meaningful support to some of Victoria’s most vulnerable.’

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