THE many achievements of Victoria’s rural health professionals were celebrated at the Victorian Rural Health Awards, held at Sale last Friday evening.
Over 30 men and women took centre stage to be formally recognised for their outstanding contributions to their communities – including Foster and Toora Medical Centres’ own Dr Alison Wilde, who was the recipient of the Rural Doctor Award for New Rural Doctor.
Since graduating in 2007 from the University of Melbourne, Dr Wilde, who is the grand-daughter of long-time local doctor Robbie Fleming, has focused her career in rural Victoria working in both Ballarat and Werribee. She has also spent time overseas on a medical elective in Tonga before returning to her birthplace of Foster to work as a GP registrar in 2013.
Dr Wilde is a committed and active member of the Foster community and runs weekly Youth Access clinics. She is a regular mentor for registrars and medical students and is passionate about women’s health –-maintaining obstetrics services, midwife education and taking part in women’s health forums.
Outside work Dr Wilde enjoys helping out on her family’s farm at Fish Creek, bike riding and spending time at the local beach.
The awards, hosted by RWAV since 2005, acknowledge doctors, medical specialists, Aboriginal health workers, general practices, nurses, allied health workers, practice managers, GP locums and medical students making a difference across rural Victoria.
Other South Gippsland medical professionals to be honoured with nominations included Dr Chris Perry of Leongatha, Rural Nurse Robyn Butler of Leongatha and Practice Manager Judy Robb – also of Leongatha.
Every year nominations are put forward by members of the public, community organisations and local healthcare providers and are assessed by a panel of representatives from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals Australia.
RWAV is a non-profit government funded organisation improving healthcare for rural, regional and Aboriginal communities in Victoria, specialising in recruitment, support and sustainability. The agency places GPs, nurses and allied health professionals, arranges locum relief and provides access to government grants and outreach services.
RWAV also works to ensure sustainability in rural healthcare by advising practices on workforce planning and promoting rural healthcare careers to students.