Regional health award

Regional health award

LHAC representative Linda Swales, MLHD Board Chair Gayle Murphy and Wagga Wagga Mayor Rod Kendall at the award presentation.
LHAC representative Linda Swales, MLHD Board Chair Gayle Murphy and Wagga Wagga Mayor Rod Kendall at the award presentation.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is celebrating after its Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) volunteers were named Riverina Regional Winner at the 2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards (Volunteer Team category) held in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an initiative of The Centre for Volunteering, the peak body for volunteering in NSW.

Local Health Advisory Committees play a key role in forming a link between the community and MLHD.

There are 33 LHACs across MLHD with more than 200 volunteers who advocate for their local community’s health needs.

The LHAC members work alongside clinicians and facility managers as a voice for their local communities and keep local people informed about health and wellbeing.

MLHD Chief Executive Jill Ludford said it was gratifying that the passion and enthusiasm of LHAC volunteers had been recognised.

“Across the District, our LHAC members have actively campaigned to raise awareness around important health initiatives and issues including mental health, drugs and alcohol, preventative health issues, chronic disease, aged care and preventative health and fitness,” she said.

“They have provided invaluable advice about their individual and unique communities, helping us to consider changes and improve our processes and services.”

The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards mark the 10th year of the program, recognising and thanking volunteers in NSW who generously give more than 235 million work hours each year in NSW, contributing $5 billion to the State’s economy.

The State Gala Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 2.