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Awards recognise top-class health care

24 April 2018

Central Queenslanders can show their appreciation for great health care through CQ Health’s Staff Recognition Awards.

Consumer, Louise Cody from Rockhampton has nominated her Nurse Navigator Maxine Sebbens for an award for changing her life for the better.

Louise suffers from a very rare life-threatening autoimmune disease, requiring care from specialists in Brisbane. After two years of travelling back and forth, Maxine has made a big difference by linking Louise’s specialists in Brisbane and with her consultant at Rockhampton Hospital, meaning her care is now provided in her home town under the direction of her specialists in Brisbane.

“Maxine has been invaluable in linking me with services in Central Queensland, meaning I don’t have to travel to Brisbane as often,” Louise said. “The support I am receiving from my medical consultant, the infusion clinic and Sub Acute Chronic Care Rehabilitation team has made a huge difference.

“I really wanted to acknowledge Maxine for all her dedication, compassion and support she gives to me. The less time I spend in Brisbane gives me more time with my family. Just being present in their life for as long as I can is immeasurable.

“Maxine has established an excellent team here in Central Queensland to support me. I am so grateful for everything she does.”

Maxine is humbled to be nominated for an award, saying her reward is knowing she has helped someone in need, and in Louise’s case achieving their goal of linking her with a local consultant who can manage her complex needs in Rockhampton under the supervision and direction of her Brisbane specialist team.

“It’s great to have these connections and support and it’s been a big relief for Louise,” she said. “We have been able to provide medical and allied health support locally which is imperative for Louise’s ongoing health management.”

CQ Health Board Chair Paul Bell said the Triple M People’s Choice Award was a fantastic way for any member of the public to nominate a star performer at any CQ public hospital for recognition. Nominations close on May 8.

Get a nomination form at your CQ public hospital, or online at https://www.health.qld.gov.au/cq/cqhealth-awards.

“It is well known that we have an amazing team of health workers and support staff at our hospitals and facilities, but we think it’s important they get the recognition they truly deserve and that’s why we have our annual awards,” Mr Bell said.

“This is all part of creating a great place to work for our staff so they’re not just willing to come to work and save lives, they absolutely thrive on it and a happy, engaged workforce means they can deliver even better care to our patients.”

CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson said CQ Health’s staff were the organisation’s most valuable asset and it was vital they were recognised for their contribution to Central Queensland.

“Whether it is those at the front line of service delivery or those who support the delivery of great patient care, our health service is a team that achieves,” he said. 

Mr Williamson thanked the major sponsor for the awards program, MedRecruit, a major medical locum agency placing doctors in centres across Australia and New Zealand.

“MedRecruit sponsored the awards last year and we’re grateful to have that support again this year.”

Award categories are:

  • Improvement and Innovation
  • Compassion Award
  • Triple M Community (People’s Choice) Award
  • Inclusion and Diversity Award
  • Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • Chief Executive’s Behind the Scenes Award
  • CQ Health Values Award
  • Employee of the Year
  • Team of the Year

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Rockhampton in July.

Last updated: 30 August 2018

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