Simon Ramsay commends health professionals

REGION - Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay has commended all recipients of the 2013 Rural Heath Awards for making a real difference in the Western Victoria community through their dedicated work in rural health.

A number of health professionals from the Western Victoria region were presented with awards at the presentation ceremony in Melbourne.

These included Dr Norman Castle of Stawell who received a long service award, Mr Garry Hurst of Ararat who received a Rural Practice Manager Award and Dr Peter Karlik of Halls Gap/Sebastapol who was presented with a General Practitioner Locum Award.

Awards were presented across nine categories: Outstanding contributions to Rural Communities by GPs, GP Locums, Medical Specialists, Aboriginal Health, Rural General practice, Rural Nursing, Rural Allied Health Professional, Rural Practice Manager and 35 years of service.

"Rural health professionals provide indispensable support to communities, delivering a vast array of services to people in local clinics, rural and regional hospitals, community and Aboriginal health centres and even in the home," Mr Ramsay said.

"This year's Victorian Rural Health Awards provide an important platform to promote an enriched career working in rural communities to the health professionals of tomorrow.

"Through the 2013 Victorian Rural Health Awards, now in their ninth year, we acknowledge not only the award recipients and nominees, but all the health professionals and their families working and residing in rural Victoria, for their significant and ongoing contribution to these communities."

Speaking at the 2013 Rural Health Awards in Melbourne, Minster for Heath, David Davis said the Awards were a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the ongoing and significant contribution rural health professionals make in maintaining the health and wellbeing of rural communities.

Mr Davis said Victoria's rural and regional communities deserved access to top quality health care.

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