Celebrating our Allied Health Award winners!

Join us in a big round of applause for the 2024 Allied Health Award Winners! 

“I had the absolute pleasure of announcing our sensational, talented Allied Health Award winners at our Gala Ball on Saturday evening,” says Danielle Ryan, Chief Allied Health Officer. 

After successfully hosting the inaugural Allied Health Ball and awards evening in 2019, the challenges of the last years meant that a second event has been 5 years in the making. But what a celebration it was, with over 320 allied health clinicians, assistants and friends attended the Allied Health Awards and Ball at Sealife on Saturday, 10 February. 

An absolute highlight was the recognition of the wonderful work of our team members through our awards process. With over 150 nominations across Monash Health our awards judges had an important but inspiring job finding this year’s winners. “There are sensational stories behind each one of these award winners. If you see one of these teams this week, please pass on your congratulations.” 

“It was a wonderful celebration and an important opportunity to recognise some of the amazing work that our teams do throughout the year, each and every day,” says Danielle Ryan. 

Our Allied Health Award Winners 

  • Excellence in Allied Health Practice Winner: Prue Walker (Social Worker, Monash Children’s Hospital). Prue was nominated for her contribution to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder services both within Monash Health and across health services more broadly.   
  • Leadership in Allied Health Winner: Dr Alicia James (Interim Director of Clinical Operations for Community Rehabilitation). Alicia was nominated for her contribution to significant growth within the Podiatry department at Monash Health over the last 18 months, in addition to her leadership of the Community Rehabilitation Team Leader 3B Enterprise Agreement and the Allied Health Recruitment Committee.   
  • Future Emerging Allied Health Leader Winner: Oshara De Silva (Dietitian, Adult Inpatient Allied Health). Oshara was nominated for her leadership within the Dietetics team, and the Allied Health team more broadly, in setting up services at the Victorian Heart Hospital.   
  • Innovation in Allied Health Winner: Aged and Community Care Team (ACCT) - Alana Lavery, Andrew Lou, Dennis Lo, Ebony Anderson, James Van Elewoud, Sally Cameron, and Libin Varghese (Aged and Rehabilitation Community). The ACCT were nominated for their exceptional efforts in optimising pressure injury management and falls screening for older Australian’s residing in their homes.  
  • Allied Health Research Winners: Dr Abby Foster (Allied Health Research Advisor, WISER) and Alice Sheehan (Speech Pathologist, Aged and Community Rehabilitation). Abby was nominated for her leadership in the enhancement and promotion of research culture and capability across all Allied Health disciplines at Monash Health. Alice was nominated for her research focusing on a pilot mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Speech Pathology students and new graduates.   
  • Allied Health Early in Career Winner: Kosta Voukelatos (Social Worker, Adult Inpatient Allied Health). Kosta was nominated for his outstanding clinical practice within his first year of work in the complex discharge planning of an NDIS patient.   
  • Wellbeing, Support and Connection Winner: Oscar Lee (Physiotherapist working within the Care Coordination team, Adult Inpatient Allied Health). Oscar was nominated for his implementation of the Joy at Work framework.   
  • Allied Health Team Winners: Atherton Road Allied Health Group Program (Mental Health) and Jacana First 1000 Days Clinic Team (Monash Children’s Hospital). The Atherton Road Allied Health Group Program team were nominated for their program expansion to support connection, empowerment and skill development for their consumers. The Jacana First 1000 Days Clinic team were nominated for their leadership in addressing a critical gap in community support for mothers and infants affected by alcohol.   
  • Chief Allied Health Officer Award Winners: Miranda Kouspou (Neurophysiology Scientist, Adult Inpatient Allied Health) and Jacinta Winderlich (Dietitian, Monash Children’s Hospital). Miranda and Jacinta were nominated across multiple categories for their contributions to clinical practice, leadership, professional development, and research.  

Congratulations to all the winners, and to all the allied health teams for the amazing work they deliver throughout the year!  

Approved by: Dani Ryan, Chief Allied Health Officer

We would like to extend our thanks to Maxxia for their support and to Monash Health Foundation for helping to secure sponsors for prizes for award winners.

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