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Victoria’s rural health professionals honoured in Sale

Thirty rural doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, practice managers and Aboriginal health workers were recognised for their outstanding service to Victorian communities at a ceremony in Sale, Friday 4 March.

The group took centre stage at the Sale Turf Club for the eleventh Victorian Rural Health Awards, hosted by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) and sponsored by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

The awards were presented by MP for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing, on behalf of the Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.

Ms Shing congratulated all the recipients who have made an outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of their local communities. She also commented on the government’s commitment to supporting the rural health workforce ensuring rural Victorians can access the care they need, when they need it, closer to home.

“We are working hard to support our rural medical workforce with a $4 million investment in the development, recruitment and retention of skilled GPs with procedural skills across rural and regional Victoria,” said Ms Shing.

More than 80 guests attended the ceremony representing health service providers, local community leaders, award recipients’ friends, colleagues and families.

“All the recipients have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to the health and wellbeing of rural Victorians,” said RWAV Chair, Dr Sue Harrison.

“It is also uplifting to see the support and collaboration shown across the various health disciplines to provide the best outcomes for patients,” said Dr Harrison.

Every year nominations are put forward by members of the public, community organisations and local healthcare providers and are assessed by a panel of representatives from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals Australia.

2016 VRHA Photo Gallery

2016 VRHA recipients, Sale 4 March.

2016 VRHA recipients, Sale 4 March.


Length of Service Award  

Dr David Ball – Mooroopna
Dr Nicholas Barker – Red Cliffs
Dr Ian Barratt – Warrnambool
Dr Daniel Silver – Castlemaine
Dr Graham Stephens – Healesville
Dr David Tynan – Maryborough

Rural Doctor Award – Outstanding Contribution 

Dr Chris Perry – Leongatha
Dr Hoe Sin Ooi – Golden Square
Dr Donald Liu – Warracknabeal
Dr Mehdi Sanati Pour – Mildura
Dr Bala Pillai – Echuca
Dr Peter Nesbitt – Echuca

Rural Doctor Award – New Rural Doctor

Dr Alison Wilde – Toora

Medical Specialist Award

Dr Safwat Bassili  – Balwyn

Aboriginal Health Award

Garry Giles – Echuca
Margaret Murray – Wodonga
Johanna Nesbitt – Echuca

Rural General Practice Award

Leongatha Healthcare
Mount Beauty Medical Centre
Echuca Moama Family Medical Practice

Rural Nursing Award

Robyn Butler – Leongatha

Rural Allied Health Professional Award

Kay Knight – Echuca

Practice Manager Award

Judy Robb – Leongatha

GP Locum Award

Dr Siobhan Reddel

Medical Student Award

Samantha Walker – Deakin University

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