Read about the individual and team honours and all those nominated in the 2010 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards.

Individual Volunteer awards finalists

Metropolitan health service

Outcome

Nominee name

Organisation

Achievements

Winner

Bev Piper
Play Education Volunteer

Southern Health

Bev has volunteered for more than 45 years and provides comfort to sick children in the hospital.

Special commendation

Natalina Paganoni

Auxiliary worker

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Natalina is 96 years old and has provided 31 years of volunteering service. She has raised substantial funds through cake stalls.

Highly commended

Joy Crampton

Manager, Busy Fingers Craft and Gift Shop

Northern Hospital

Joy is 80 years old and has provided 36 years of volunteering services. She is a founder and leader of the auxiliary that has raised substantial funds for the Bundoora Extended Care Centre.

Highly commended

Clair Duffus

President, Rosebud Hospital Pink Lady Group

Peninsula Health

Clair first volunteered as a Rosebud Hospital Pink Lady in 1994 and started the Rosebud Hospital Op Shop in 1997. The op shop has donated considerable funds for equipment for the health service.

Primary health service

Outcome

Nominee name

Organisation

Achievements

Winner

Dennis O’Sullivan

Board Director (unpaid)

Central Bayside Community Health

Dennis has been a board member for 23 years. He has played a significant role in the establishment and development of the health service. Dennis established several gardens around the Parkdale site and receives out-of-hours calls from the security monitoring service.

Highly commended

Judy Berry

Volunteer

Dianella Community Health

Judy started the Craigieburn Arthritis Self Help Group. She has shared knowledge and developed aides to help arthritis sufferers for the past 19 years.

Highly commended

Bill Robson

Planned Activity Group

Moreland Community Health

Bill is 85 years old and has been a volunteer since 1989. He provides a garden-based program to allow socially isolated people with a passion for gardening to continue this hobby.

Regional health service

Outcome

Nominee name

Organisation

Achievements

Winner

Pat Mackay

Entertainer

Ballarat Health Services

Pat has been a volunteer for 28 years and provides support and musical entertainment to frail aged care residents.

Highly commended

Mick Campbell

Project Coordinator

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service

Mick has provided 24 years of volunteer service. Most recently he has coordinated volunteer labour and donated material from more than 70 traders to construct a home that will be auctioned, with profits directed towards construction of a new oncology and dialysis facility at the hospital.

Highly commended

Bruce Clare

Volunteer on the Community Advisory Group

Swan Hill District Health

Bruce has been a volunteer since 2003. He has worked to make sure patients are aware of available volunteer assistance and has been active as a consumer and community advocate.

Rural health service

Outcome

Nominee name

Organisation

Achievements

Winner

Jake Lappin

Aged Care Volunteer

The Kilmore and District Hospital

Jake is a 16-year-old student who provides weekly support to aged care residents.

Highly commended

Beverley Ellen

Main
Transport Driver

Bass Coast Regional Health

Beverley is a driver with the volunteer transport service since 2003, as well as an acute wards volunteer, general volunteer and administrative volunteer.

Highly commended

Tanya Sullivan

Team Leader

Ambulance Victoria

Tanya is the Nagambie Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) team leader and has been in this leadership role since 2004. She has provided ‘on call’ medical emergency response services and community education across the Nagambie district.

Volunteer Team awards finalists

(The nominee organisations are listed in alphabetical order.)

Metropolitan health service

Outcome

Nominee name

Organisation

Achievements

Winner

ICU Volunteer Team

The Alfred

A team of nine volunteers support staff and provide comfort to ICU patient family members. During the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires, the team provided 222 hours of care and support over 14 days.

Winner

Kinglake Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Ambulance Victoria

Active for eight years, the CERT team responded to more than 100 calls during 2008. During the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires, the team negotiated flames to access and treat injured community members.

Highly commended

Angels at St V’s

St Vincent’s

Established in 2003, 32 volunteers respond to approximately 70 referrals per month. The Angels provide companionship to patients identified as being at risk of falls or poor nutrition.

Primary health service

Outcome

Nominee name

Organisation

Achievements

Winner

Community Liaison Committee

North Yarra Community Health

Sixteen volunteers from different cultural backgrounds support and assist the community by using their diverse cultural and language skills to support services to clients and being an ‘active voice’ for the community.

Highly commended

Active for Life Volunteers

Grampians Community Health Centre

A team of five volunteers provide fitness programs to clients over 50 years of age, providing a friendly, safe and supportive environment for participants of all abilities.

Highly commended

Planned Activity Group

Nillumbik Community Health Service

Nineteen volunteers provide hands-on support to staff to deliver planned activity groups six days per week for a diverse range of clients.

Regional health service

Outcome

Nominee name

Organisation

Achievements

Winner

Cancer After Care Group

Barwon Health

This group helped to establish the Andrew Love Cancer Centre, organises a calendar of events and provides one-on-one support to cancer sufferers and their families.

Special commendation

Hamilton Community Transport Service

Western District Health Service

Forty drivers and 12 escorts providing transport to clients for medical appointments. In 2008 this amounted to 2,002 hours of service or 90,213 km.

Highly commended

Planned Activity Group

Ballarat Health Services

Twenty-five volunteers assist staff with meal preparation, client transport and support services for the daily planned activity group program.

Rural health service

Outcome

Nominee name

Organisation

Achievements

Winner

Volunteer Team

Seymour District and Memorial Hospital

The volunteers assist with palliative care, aged care and planned activity groups. The teams also provided support during the bushfires in the 2008 Murrindindi catchment area.

Highly commended

Volunteer Team

Hepburn Health Service

More than 280 volunteers deliver meals on wheels, provide transport to medical appointments and raise money for equipment.

Highly commended

Telecare Volunteers

Portland District Health

A team of 22 volunteers provide reassurance and social support through phoning HACC clients living at home. The program has been going for 25 years and many volunteers have provided more than 10 years of service.

Highly commended

Ibis Volunteer Group

Yarram and District Health Services

Since 1993 this group has provided transport assistance, meals on wheels deliveries, assistance with planned activities, home visits and many other support duties for Yarram and surrounding areas.