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Honouring Our Local Health Volunteers

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Victorians have the opportunity to honour a local volunteer whose work has made a difference to people’s health and well-being in the 2017 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards.

For nine years running, the awards have celebrated the contribution of an individual or team dedicated to Victoria’s public health system.

Recognition can be for outstanding commitment through volunteering at community hospitals, ambulance service, community health, mental health and aged care services.

This year’s awards will recognise volunteering excellence across six categories:

  • Outstanding achievement by a young volunteer
  • Outstanding lifetime achievement
  • Outstanding achievement by a volunteer: Better Care Victoria innovation award
  • Outstanding achievement by a volunteer: Supporting diversity
  • Outstanding achievement by a volunteer: Improving public health care
  • Outstanding achievement by a volunteer: Improving the patient experience

Victorians are being urged to recognise local volunteer champions whose inspiring work has made a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today called for nominations for the 2017 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony on 23 May.

For nine years, the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards have highlighted and celebrated Victoria’s many volunteers and the significant contribution they make to public health care in Victoria.

They pay tribute to individuals and teams that demonstrate outstanding dedication and commitment through volunteering in their community at hospitals, ambulance services, community health, mental health and aged care services.

Past volunteers have been honoured for their compassionate patient care, helping people to stay well and embrace healthier lifestyles, and supporting the vulnerable and marginalised to better access the services they need.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said the awards are an important way of honouring those who improve lives.

“While volunteers don’t seek recognition, it’s important we thank them and pay tribute to their inspiring work, kindness and commitment to improving quality of care for patients, clients and the community,” she said.

The Victorian Health Volunteers Honour Roll is a particularly notable award, recognising volunteers who have given 50 years of service.

Everyone who has contributed 50 years or more volunteering in public health care is eligible to be on the Honour Roll.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams highlighted the importance of the awards.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our health system. I urge all Victorians to nominate a health volunteer for their tireless work,” she said.

Nominations are now open and will close on Friday, 10 March.

For more information or to nominate a volunteer visit www.health.vic.gov.au/volunteerawards

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