The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

CARE & COM­PAS­SION

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DR DEB­O­RAH MOONEY

Dr Deb­o­rah Mooney is the founder and di­rec­tor of the Gold Coast Spe­cial­ist Be­reave­ment Ser­vice. She started the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 1993 as a pro-bono agency but it has since de­vel­oped into a small busi­ness. Dr Mooney, an ex­pert in nurs­ing, has al­most 40 years’ worth of train­ing in the field of grief coun­selling and is one of three Aus­tralians to achieve the sta­tus of Fel­low in Thana­tol­ogy, the study of death and be­reave­ment.

MARK McDON­NELL

Mark McDon­nell is a men­tal health nurse who cares for de­men­tia pa­tients and the el­derly and has been recog­nised for his char­ity work at West End. He has also been awarded a Queens­land Po­lice Credit Union Lo­cal Hero award for his work with his home­less char­ity, Com­mu­nity Friends. He rented out his apart­ment to home­less peo­ple at a very low rate about four years ago. Com­mu­nity Friends pro­vided 55,000 meals for the home­less at West End. He is also a pa­tient ear for the peo­ple he helps.

RUTH JEBB

Ruth Jebb, a clin­i­cal nurse con­sul­tant at Princess Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency depart­ment, is a Red Cross aid worker who has b been on 10 in­ter­na­tional mis­sions in the past 12 years. Ruth was se­lected to co­or­di­nate the com­mu­nity health re­sponse in Nepal fol­low­ing the mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake that killed more than 8000 peo­ple on April 25. Just af­ter she ar­rived in Kathmandu, a mag­ni­tude 7.4 earth­quake struck, caus­ing more wide­spread dev­as­ta­tion.

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