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All Staff Forum December 2011

The Doutta Galla Community Health All Staff Forum is a bi-annual opportunity for Doutta Galla staff to share experiences and knowledge with their colleagues.

In the forums, Doutta Galla also acknowledges the staff and volunteers for their achievements with awards such as the Service Excellence Award, the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Peter Sullivan Award.

Furthermore, there were various informative sessions, which included:

Staff Recognition Awards 2011

Doutta Galla introduced the Staff Recognition Awards in 2007 - in a response from staf in our staff directory - to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams - that go above and beyond their day-to-day role. Congratulations to all nominees.

Excellence in Partnerships Award

Excellence in partnerships award winner

This award recognises achievements of individuals / teams in their ability to build and maintain strong and meaningful partnerships – that benefit our clients and community:


  • Food Security – Dietetics Service
  • HARP Aged and Complex Care Services
  • ARION Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC)
  • Katherine Neuendorf – Social Inclusion Program
  • Renee O’Donnell – Chronic Care and Intake
  • Complex Needs Program – Homeless Team

Congratulations to the Complex Needs Program – Homeless Team (pictured with their award).

Leadership in Quality and Safety Award

Leadership in quality and safety award winner

As quality healthcare and continuous improvement process continue to evolve at Doutta Galla. This Award recognises achievement of teams and individuals responsible for leading innovation in quality and safety across the organisation:


  • Centralised Steri Project Team
  • Debra Hamilton – Janoak
  • Keeping Young People Safe – Youth Services
  • Lana Woolf – Social Inclusion Program

Congratulations to the Keeping Young People Safe - Youth Services (pictured with their award).

Responsive Programs Award

Responsive Programs Award

Doutta Galla has a reputation of not only delivering quality services and programs, but for also embarking on new ways of doing things – and identifying our community’s needs and striving to fill the gaps.

Congratulations to the teams and individuals recognised in this category – continuing to innovate and respond to our clients needs:


  • Complex Needs – Allied Health Outreach Service
  • Mental Health – Assertive Outreach Team
  • Hodan Abi – Health Promotion
  • Janina De Silva – Medical Practice
  • Social Inclusion Program
  • Janoak – Getting Together Program

Congratulations to Hodan Abi - Health Promotion (pictured left with Acting CEO Dianne Couch with her award).

Service Excellence - corporate and client services

Service Excellence award corporate and client services

Staff working in corporate and client services roles are often referred to as the backbone of the organisation. Without these roles, the organisation would not be able to deliver the services we do, nor support our internal and external clients. Congratulations to everyone for the flexibility, support and customer focus you bring to the organisation.


  • Nicole Webster – Business Services and Health Information Administrator
  • Payroll Team
  • Michelle Bourke – Manager Facilities and Contracts
  • Yolanda Kemp – Client Services (Kensington)
  • Craig Moore – Quality Manager

Congratulations to Nicole Webster - Business Services and Health Information (pictured with her award).

Service Excellence - Service Provider

Service Excellence - service provider

Without our highly skilled and dedicated service providers, our client’s needs would not be met. It is as part of this award that we acknowledge the commitment and dedication of all service providers with the work they do with our clients – be it in one of our centres, or in the community.


Fiona Gillies – Social Inclusion Program
Nuray Ozden – Children’s Services Team
Rebecca Szewczuk – Children’s Services Team
Kim Duong – Assertive Outreach Team
Leonie Odgers – HARP Partnerships in Health

Congratulations to Fiona Gillies - Social Inclusion Program (pictured with her award).

Volunteer of the Year

volunteer of the year award winner

Volunteers at DGCH are a key part of our workforce, and enable and support many of our programs and services. Staff who supervise volunteers and the clients that work with volunteers, highly regard and value their contribution. This Awards enables the broader organisation to recognise the work of all volunteers, and to highlight the achievements of some.


  • Ornelia Jones – Social Inclusion Program
  • Shane Evans – Social Inclusion Program
  • Elle Wolfhagen – Organisational Development
  • Community Advisory Group Members: Christine Moffat, Gillian Hamerston and Valerie Farfalla
  • Emily Jardine – Clinical and Aged Program

Congratulations to Emily Jardine - Clinical and Aged Program (absent)
Pictured: volunteer of the year nominees.

The Peter Sullivan Award - Building a Positive Culture

Peter Sullivan award winner

Peter Sullivan is a much loved and valued member of staff – and he left his mark with us all. Following Pete’s passing in September this year – and as the 2010 winner of this Award, it seemed only right that any Award that recognises and celebrates staff and their ability to build a positive culture – be named in his honour.


  • Angela Micheletto
  • Neil Russ
  • Liz Leorke
  • Natasha Carlesso
  • Kaye Roberts-Palmer

Congratulations to Liz Leorke (pictured left to right: Cheryl Sullivan, Liz Leorke, CEO Caz Healy).

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