Health workers honoured

CENTRAL Victoria was well represented at the Victorian Rural Health Awards.

Bendigo picks up at rural awards

A doctor working in Aboriginal health and a physiotherapist were recognised for their contribution to the Bendigo community.

Gary Bourke and Ashlee Lance were presented with their awards by Victorian Health Minister David Davis during a gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.

Dr Bourke was commended for his work at the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative.

Dr Bourke was also recognised for his locum work in remote Indigenous communities. 

Ms Lance was instrumental in the establishment of an innovative paediatric allied health service at Bendigo Community Health Services last year.

The service provided one-on-one or group therapy for children with developmental delays, gait and functional issues.

Ms Lance has also worked with maternal and child health nurses and hospital nursing staff on the early identification and referral of infant musculoskeletal conditions. 

RWAV chairman Philip Webster said Dr Bourke and Ms Lance personified the significant role played by health professionals in Victorian communities.

They have shown tremendous commitment to the health and wellbeing of their patients,” he said.

Mr Davis congratulated all award winners – describing them as true health heroes.

“Victoria is fortunate to have the services of so many wonderful health professionals and the Victorian Rural Health Awards are a great way of celebrating the fantastic contribution they make to the community," he said.

In another coup for the region, Elmore Primary Health Services practice manager Kathy Tuohey was named Practice Manager of the Year.

“It is such an honour to be recognized with the award," Ms Tuohey said.

Ms Tuohey thanked the Elmore community for its ongoing support.

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