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Thursday Island scientist honoured

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Five staff from Thursday Island's pathology team
Marita Sagigi (far left) with the Pathology Unit team (from left) Penny Mills, Kathy Lewin, Moana Ahwang and Narelle Bennett.

Marita Sagigi, Senior Scientist from the Pathology unit on Thursday Island has been recognised for her hard work in improving pathology services in Queensland's northern sector.

Marita said she was surprised to receive the Torres Shire Council Australia Day award, which acknowledged her work in the Pathology Laboratory on Thursday Island.

“I was under the impression I had been nominated for my involvement as a volunteer in community events over my past 11 years living on Thursday Island.

“Then to realise it was in recognition of the work I do day in and out at the Pathology Laboratory on Thursday Island made me feel very proud and that my work is appreciated by people in the community," she said.

In 2016 Marita’s team nominated the Badu Island Health Check team for the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service's Quality Improvement Excellence Award as a result of their excellent results in health checking.

Of the 154 samples checked by the team, they were 100% eligible for Medicare billing with no invalid samples.

The Thursday Island Pathology team also exceeded the National Standards for blood safety, achieving zero blood product wastage for the Northern Sector in 2016.

Queensland Health would like to acknowledge the traditional land owners, the Kaurareg people, and elders of the Torres and Cape community past, present and future.

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Last updated: 23 August 2017