STAR Award winners honoured on Allied Health Day

Monash Health’s Allied Health team celebrated Allied Health Day last week with a virtual event to reflect on the valuable contribution our members make to the lives of our community. A number of them were honoured with Say Thanks And Recognise (STAR) Awards.

Dani Ryan, our Chief Allied Health Officer, welcomed attendees and officially opened the event with a fabulous patient story, which demonstrated the importance the work Allied Health teams do every day and how much they work together to improve patient outcomes.

Attendees were incredibly appreciative to hear from our Chief Executive Andrew Stripp, who shared some valuable insights into the role and future of Allied Health and he provided his thanks for the contribution of our teams.

We then had the privilege to hear from our guest speaker, Emma Gee. With a background in occupational therapy, Emma told us about her journey after a stroke and she expressed how important Allied Health clinicians continue to be in her recovery. She explained the impact of limited treatment options due to COVID-19 and the innovative ways clinicians have continued to deliver care.

Emma is the author of Reinventing Emma*, and she left all in attendance feeling empowered and also honoured through her personal and authentic delivery.

Our event then moved onto recognising the valuable contribution of members of our team, with the presentation of our annual Allied Health STAR awards from Members of our Executive team.

Excellence in Education Awards – presented by Andrew Stripp


Phoebe Naughton and Jackson Wood – who developed and delivered critical care education packages and on-site training in preparation for COVID-19. These ensured junior, re-deployed, and casual Allied Health employees gained the capability and confidence to support unwell and critically unwell patients across our acute hospitals.

Michelle Paton – who led training to upskill physiotherapists with experience in critical care to support the COVID-19 response. She also developed a curriculum and presented a virtual, two day training course for 300 NSW Health physiotherapists. This course was recorded and is now available to physiotherapists nationally and internationally.

Excellence in Research Award – presented by Dr Anjali Dhulia


Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology & Neurophysiology Scientists’ Research & Quality Committee – who transformed their annual conference to a new online format and delivered a sensational event for over 300 attendees. The committee members were: Jane Carlin, Fiona Barton, Jacquilyn Carr, Chris Ellis, Carla Gordon, Katrina Quaine, Katie Oxenbury, Katie Palmer, Michelle Paton, Phoebe Sansom, David Steinburg and Jackie Turner.

In Pursuit of Excellence Award – presented by Anjali Dhulia


Kathryn Potter and Audrey Price – speech pathologists who held critical roles in the successful implementation of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) at Monash Health, which has contributed to improved swallowing safety for patients with dysphagia.

Exceptional Teamwork Award – presented by Karen Lowe


Child Life Therapy and Pathology teams – who reduced distress and anxiety in children during pathology procedures by working together to improve the pathology round process to better support patients and families.

Improving Care and Access Award – presented by Karen Lowe


Sharon McLean – an allied health assistant from our Community program whose work supported clients with access to care during COVID-19. Sharon worked with clients to step them through setting up telehealth and troubleshooting their issues, requiring a lot of patience and diligence.

Excellent Experiences Award – presented by Louise Kanis


Raj Limbachiya – an allied health assistant from Mental Health who went above and beyond to ensure that our programs in Ward E continued to run smoothly and met the needs of our mental health consumers, despite the many hurdles that presented themselves in an ever-changing COVID environment.

Outstanding Care or Service Delivery Awardpresented by Martin Keogh


Dagmar Jenkins – a social worker from our Community SECASA team who won the award for her work supporting Jane (pseudonym), a client with an acquired brain injury and other health conditions. As part of Dagmar’s work with Jane, a referral was made to Springvale Monash Legal Service and the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

Allied Health Recognition Awardpresented by Dani Ryan


Kylie Saccotelli – an allied health assistant from Community Rehabilitation, who received four outstanding nominations across a variety of categories and from different people and teams across Monash Health. A strong team player who showed ‘above and beyond’ dedication to student placements who was applauded for her calm leadership and can-do attitude.”

The event concluded with a wonderful creation from our brand new Allied Health Assistant Choir – who are each to be congratulated for their sensational work, courage and brilliant musical delivery.

The opening video of What Inspired Me about Allied Health, photos, and the recording of our Allied Health Assistant Virtual Choir will be available on the WISER intranet page soon.

* Emma Gee has provided a discount code: REMONASH2020AHD – to get 10% off her paperback book ($27.00) and free shipping via her website. This code expires on the 21/10/20. It is also available for $9.99 as an ebook.


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