Healthcare workers recognised
Passionate and dedicated
HEALTH workers, community members and organisations from across the North Burnett were honoured for their passion, dedication and outstanding service in Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s annual Australia Day Awards.
At a special ceremony in Bundaberg, WBHHS announced seven Australia Day Awards for teams and individuals across the North Burnett, while nine team members who have served WBHHS or the Queensland public sector for more than 40 years were also recognised.
A separate presentation ceremony will be held at a later date in Monto, where five awards will be presented to teams, individuals and one member of the community.
WBHHS chief executive Adrian Pennington said our Australia Day Award winners represent the very best of what our staff do each and every day.
“Our employees are our greatest asset – without them our service is just buildings and expensive pieces of equipment. So it’s important that we recognise their efforts, especially when they go above and beyond expectations to deliver for patients.
“But it’s important to recognise that while these employees are being presented their awards by the executive and the board, they have been nominated by their peers. They make the whole organisation proud.
“Importantly, some of the recipients this year were not WBHHS staff, but volunteers who have given our organisation and our patients wonderful support, whether through fundraising or by sharing their cancer treatment journey for the benefit of others.”
WBHHS board chair Peta Jamieson – who presented the awards to recipients alongside Mr Pennington – said it was a privilege to be able to see close up the extraordinary work being done by staff across the region.
“Not only is it extraordinary to hear about some of the ways in which our staff have been going the extra mile, but it’s been a pleasure to meet the people who have been doing these special jobs for more than 40 years.
Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary – for fundraising efforts to build Palliative Care Unit
Michelle Kinbacher (Biggenden) – for her exceptional contribution to Biggenden Multi-Purpose Health Service and positive influence on aged care residents when co-ordinating activities.
Denise Vrantas (Eidsvold) - for constantly going above and beyond in her operational role, including helping clinical staff during an acute emergency situation.
Wendy Barber (Monto) - for constantly going above and beyond for patients in a career spanning almost 40 years
Valerie Radel (Monto) - for exceptional service to Monto Hospital and its auxiliary, including her early-morning scone-baking for fundraising drives
Bevan Benecke (Monto) - for his exceptional dedication and willingness to help in areas regularly outside his job description)
Kim Pointon (Monto) - breast cancer patient who bravely agreed to work with our communications team on filming a video diary for cancer awareness.
SERVICE RECOGNISED: WBHHS board member Paul Dare, WBHHS chief executive Adrian Pennington and Mundubbera MPHS director of nursing Jan-Adele Hotz congratulate MundubberaMPHS staff members whowere recognised for their long service of 40 plus years with Queensland Health.
Biggenden’s Heather MacKellar and Helen Proctor were recognised for 40 and 44 years’ long service respectively to Queensland Health.
Members of the Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary with Biggenden MPHS director of nursing Heather MacKellar were among the winners of WBHHS Australia Day Awards.
Biggenden's Michelle Kinbacher receives an award for her exceptional contribution to Biggenden Multi-Purpose Health Service and positive influence on aged care residents.