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Peninsula Health auxiliary wins Minister for Health Volunteer Award

Friends of Carinya Auxiliary members Marion Sparrow and Jan Graham, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams MP.

The Friends of Carinya Auxiliary has been recognised at the annual Minister for Health Volunteer Awards, winning the award for Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer – Improving Public Healthcare.  

Peninsula Health CEO Sue Williams commended the auxiliary for their 25 years of supporting Carinya, Peninsula Health’s Residential Aged Care Service. The Golf Links Road facility provides highly specialised care for elderly members of the community who have dementia or mental health diagnoses and cannot be managed in generic nursing homes due to behavioural issues.

“Congratulations to the Friends of Carinya Auxiliary for winning this Award,” said Ms Williams.

“These Awards are very important as they recognise the outstanding work undertaken by members of the local community who have given up their time to help others across the health service.”

The auxiliary has raised more than $100,000 for Carinya which has funded farm visits, limousine rides, shopping tours and fashion parades. It has also funded improvements to the care environment including canvas awnings for windows, recliner wheelchairs, an outdoor BBQ area and a tactile wall.

“The auxiliary’s work has had a significant impact on the lives of so many people,” said Ms Williams.

The tight-knit auxiliary has 10 members – two original members who have served 25 years, two members who have served 15 years and three members who have served 10 years. 

Founding members Marion Sparrow and Jan Graham accepted the award from the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessey MP, at the ceremony on 23 May.

“We’re very honoured to have won the award and very appreciative of Peninsula Health for nominating us,” said Ms Sparrow.

This is the eighth consecutive year that one of Peninsula Health’s volunteers or auxiliaries has been recognised at the Minister for Health Awards.

Two other Peninsula Health volunteers were also nominated for Awards – Dolores Jaeger was nominated for Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer: Improving the Patient Experience and Adam Raftopoulos was nominated for Outstanding Achievement by a Young Volunteer.

 

Jessica Mills
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au
0419 868 824