STAR Award winner: Shining In Pursuit of Excellence

Congratulations to Debroah Saunders, Allied Health Assistant (AHA) Team Lead for winning the STAR Award for In Pursuit of Excellence.

This category recognises an individual, group or team who have personified our intent to be relentless in the pursuit of excellence. This may include:

  • Demonstrating continued improvement in their approach to work.
  • Embodying the principles of teamwork, kindness, achievement and quality.
  • Making an outstanding contribution to the experience of our people, patients or consumers.
Profile photo of Debroah Saunders

Debroah is a remarkable leader within her team and the wider Monash Health AHA workforce. She regularly goes above and beyond in promoting the AHA and Allied Health (AH) workforce and supporting her peers, students and the AHA team in the Work Innovation, Strategy, Education and Research (WISER) unit. Debroah supports the team with humility and always wants to share any accolades and accomplishments with her team.

Through both Debroah’s volunteering and selection from her peers, Debroah has been the AHA Team Lead at Casey Hospital for the last few years. She took up the responsibility of coordinating AHA locums at Casey Hospital over the last two years. Her contribution has been a great support to multiple discipline managers and AHA Workforce Advisors. Her support, leadership and willingness to invest in new employees has also helped start and orientate more than 20 AHA locums to Monash Health – with some of them now transitioning into fixed-term or permanent positions.

Deb is also a remarkable student supervisor. She is regularly nominated for the “Outstanding Clinical Educator Award” by her students. In fact, she was nominated twice by her students in the last block. One of her students shared in her nomination, “Debroah went out of her way to make me feel welcome and comfortable in a new environment. She was so friendly and supportive with explaining how things worked and answering the many questions I had. I’m so thankful for everything she taught me.

“I appreciated her showing me ‘the Monash Health way’ of how things are done at Casey Hospital which was most insightful and useful.

“She gave me the confidence to be more hands-on in my first week which I didn’t expect. Her interpersonal manner is lovely and I’m so happy she was a part of my journey at Monash Health.”

Over the last few years, Debroah has also played a prominent role in AHA Day, a national conference run by our very own Monash Health AHAs. Last year, we had over 650 attendees from across Australia and New Zealand in attendance. Deb has volunteered to be one of our Masters of Ceremonies (MCs) in the last few years and does an excellent and professional job representing Monash Health.

Debroah Saunders and a colleague posing at a Monash Health stall at the Allied Health Assistants Day event

In May, Debroah volunteered to represent Monash Health in the South East Local Learning and Employment Network (SELLEN) Careers and Trade Expo, which had over 7000 Year 9-12 students in attendance. Debroah’s colleagues described her enthusiasm, kindness and patience in engaging with the students and promoting AH and Monash Health, was wonderful to witness.

Thank you and congratulations, Debroah, for the excellence you have shown in all that you do!

Remember, you can nominate a colleague or team at any time by heading to the STAR Portal. For more information on the STAR Program, visit the Monash Health COVID-19 website.

Approved by Chris McLoughlin, Executive Director, People and Culture

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