STAR Award winners honoured

Recipients of Monash Health’s STAR Quarterly Awards were honoured yesterday at a presentation which formed part of the Senior Leadership Team meeting.

S.T.A.R (Special Thanks and Recognition) focuses on supporting Monash Health’s relentless pursuit of excellence by acknowledging and celebrating individuals and teams that demonstrate their commitment to our guiding principles and values. A record number of nominations (74) were received for the latest quarter.

Executive Director, People and Culture, Karen Lowe shared uplifting stories of how several employees are pursuing excellence in their work, and providing outstanding care and compassion to our patients and each other.

The program provides an opportunity for every Monash Health employee to have a colleague recognised. Nominations can be made by all Monash Health employees and you can nominate an individual or a team.

The STAR Quarterly Awards form a key part of Monash Health’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023.

List of categories and award winners


Excellent Experiences

Winner: Rebecca Arnold – Speech Pathologist, Dandenong Hospital

Nominated by Abby Foster

Excellent Experiences

Winner: Roz Shand – Speech Pathologist, Kingston Centre

Nominated by Ellen Goh

Exceptional Teamwork

Winner: Youth Consultation and Treatment Team – Mental Health

Nominated by Amy Thomas

Excellence in Research, Teaching and Innovation

Winner: Audrey Price – Speech Pathologist, Kingston Centre

Nominated by Stephanie Thermos

Improving Care and Access

Winner: Guardianship in Hospitals:  A Health Services/Office of Public Advocate Pilot Program –

Fiona McAlinden, Jacinta Re, Justine Little & Jaye Toulson

Nominated by Stuart Cavill

Managing Wisely

Winner: Gillian Butcher – Head of Podiatry and Allied Health Administration

Nominated by Stuart Cavill

In Pursuit of Excellence

Winner: Leanne Van – Nurse, Monash Health Drug and Alcohol Service

Nominated by Michelle Pacunskis

Outstanding Care or Service Delivery 

Winner: Susan Ottewell* – Nurse, Dandenong Operating Theatre

Nominated by Leanne Stephenson

*Susan was not able to attend the STAR Awards presentation

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