Travel Scholarships Help Staff Develop Skills

Photo from left: Lucy Telfer & Emily Hinch - Roy Aitken Travelling Scholarship Recipients
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Four Portland District Health staff will develop new skills to help patients and clients after winning travel scholarships.

The Bert Wilmot and Roy Aitken travelling scholarships were announced during the 2016 PDH Annual General meeting.

The scholarships are awarded each year to recognise the past contributions made to the health service by Mr Aitken and Mr Wilmot.

Mr Wilmot served on the Hospital Board and its sub committees for 31 years, between 1964-1995 and was chairman of the joint committee of management which oversaw the hospital’s 1988 redevelopment program.

Mr Aitken was on the Board from 1960-1993 including time as president and as a member of all sub-committees.

The 2016 Bert Wilmot scholarship was awarded to Kim Cook and Sue Johnson from the alcohol and other drugs team to attend the ‘UK and European Symposium On Addictive Disorders’ Conference in London in May 2017.

In announcing the winners, Board member Andrew Levings said the networking, contacts and new treatment options available would bring a wealth of expert knowledge back to the organisation and region.

The alcohol and other drugs team is always looking for ways to improve the service in the region and provide high quality care to clients, Mr Levings said.

Emily Hinch and Lucy Telfer were named joint winners of the Roy Aitken Award which will support nursing staff to bring knowledge and insight back to their peers at PDH.

Ms Hinch will attend the Australian College of Midwives Student Conference 2017 in Adelaide. With the development of the midwifery unit at PDH, this will be beneficial for Emily and the organisation, Mr Levings said.

Ms Hinch completed her graduate year at PDH in 2004 and has continued to work in the operating theatres. She has completed a graduate diploma in peri-operative nursing and has enrolled to complete a graduate diploma of midwifery at Federation University.

Ms Telfer will use the scholarship to attend fourth International Conference for Peri Anaesthesia for Nurses.

With a growing need of theatre support at PDH, this will be beneficial and give Ms Telfer the opportunity to bring back a wealth of knowledge to the organisation and colleagues.

Ms Telfer began working at PDH in 2010 as a theatre technician and after studying nursing she started as a theatre nurse in 2014.

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