Eighteen rural doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, practice managers and medical specialists were recognised for their outstanding service to Victorian communities at a ceremony in Marysville on the 25th of March 2017.
These outstanding award winners took centre stage in Marysville for the twelfth Victorian Rural Health Awards, hosted by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) and sponsored by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
The award recipients have made significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of their local communities.
The awards honour exceptional medical specialists, GPs, nurses, Aboriginal health workers, general practices, practice managers, allied health professionals, GP locums and medical students working across rural Victoria.
More than 130 guests attended the ceremony representing health service providers, local community leaders, award recipients’ friends, colleagues and families.
“The influence each of the award winners have made to rural and remote communities is life changing and their collective efforts build a sustainable healthcare system for rural Victoria,” said RWAV Chair, Yousuf Ahmad.
Every year nominations are put forward by members of the public, community organisations and local healthcare providers and are assessed by an independent panel of judges.
Nominations open in October of each year and RWAV encourages the public to nominate local healthcare professionals who provide vital health services to rural and remote communities.