Orbost Regional Health Service (ORHS) was this week named the Rural Health Service of the Year at the 2011 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the award reinforced the organisation’s high standing in the community and ORH was a deserving recipient.
“It is clear that residents of Orbost and Far East Gippsland in general are proud of their local health service and all involved with ORH should rightfully be thrilled with this announcement.
“A good health service makes decisions based on the best interests of the local community, acts in the best interests of the local community and has strong community confidence,” said Mr Bull, who toured the facility earlier this year.
At a ceremony attended by leaders from across Victoria’s health system, Premier, Ted Baillieu; Minister for Health, David Davis; and Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge presented awards to outstanding contributors to Victorian public health services across 20 categories.
“The passion, talent and dedication of the Victorian health workforce is highlighted by the individuals and organisations that have been selected for these awards,” Mr Baillieu said.
“Tonight we are paying tribute to Victoria’s outstanding healthcare leaders and acknowledging their leadership in ensuring Victoria’s public health services continue to provide the highest quality of care to Victorian families and communities.
Health Minister, David Davis, said the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards – now in their seventh year – profile innovative, informed and effective healthcare leadership across the Victorian public health system.
“As our population grows and ages – and as our health needs change and become increasingly complex – we also need to change our health services to ensure a focus on individual need and contemporary evidence-based practice,” he said.
Among the other organisations recognised on the night were Bairnsdale Regional Health Service and the Latrobe Regional Hospital, which both received a “highly commended” in the Regional Health Service of the Year award.