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volunteers into the
Long-serving Flinders Medical
Centre (FMC) volunteer Sylvia
Wolverson was recently
appointed as the new president
of the FMC Volunteer Service.
The recent endorsement marks Sylvia’s
second term as president, following her
initial stint from 2002 to 2006.
Sylvia is confident the next four years will
be an exciting and productive period for
the Volunteer Service, with many new
projects on the agenda.
“Aesthetic improvements to the hospital
are in the pipeline, including an overhaul
of the central courtyard and volunteer
barbecue area,” Sylvia said.
“That will be an exciting facelift for the
hospital and the volunteers are certainly
keen to be involved in that.”
For Sylvia, who volunteers in the Emergency
Department, it’s the hospital’s staff and
patients that have inspired her 17 year
service to FMC.
“We’re not just volunteers, we are part
of a team and, especially in the patient
care areas, the staff thank us for the care
that we provide. They really look on the
volunteers like we’re part of the hospital,”
“The staff look after the patients and
we look after the families and the carers
because they are having a bad time in their
life as well. They’re frightened and angry
and we just help them to the best of our
Sylvia said leading the FMC Volunteer
Service – one of the most successful
hospital fundraising bodies in the country –
was a source of great pride.
“I always say to the volunteers, ‘You need
to be very proud of what you do, not
just for the hours that
you put in, but
for the money
that we give to
the hospital as
well’,” she said.
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Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)
Chief Operating Officer Jackie Hanson has
been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN).
SALHN Chief Executive Officer Belinda Moyes
said Jackie’s appointment is recognition of her
professionalism and capabilities and she will be a
great asset to NALHN. A recruitment process for
the Chief Operating Officer role is underway and
an update will be provided to readers of Southern
Health News in an upcoming edition.
Southern Adelaide Palliative Services Professor
David Currow was recently named as the joint
recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence
in Scientific Research in Palliative Care by the
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative
It is the first time the award has been given to
an Australian and only the third time it has gone
outside of the United States. Professor Currow
is a joint winner with Karen Steinhauser, a
Health Scientist in North Carolina. Professor
Currow is the Chief Investigator of the Australian
Government-funded Palliative Care Clinical
Studies Collaborative, which is the world’s largest
clinical trials group conducting studies in people
nearing the end of life.
Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Director
of Allied Health Adam Govier has been
appointed to the position of Director of
Exercise Physiology and Physiotherapy for the
Central Adelaide Local Health Network.
Adam has had a long association in the south,
after commencing in the FMC Physiotherapy
Department in 1994 before becoming the
FMC Director of Allied Health in 2009. He
will start his new role in January 2015.
Dr Christine Burdeniuk was recently welcomed
as the Director of Clinical Training for the
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network's
(SALHN) Trainee Medical Officer Unit.
Dr Burdeniuk completed her basic medical
training at SALHN and in 2008 worked in the
Heart Transplant Unit at the Alfred Hospital in
Melbourne. In 2009, she returned to SALHN as a
She is committed to education and is involved
in medical school teaching and preparing
candidates for the Royal Australian College of
Physicians (RACP) examination. Throughout her
career she has embraced mentorship roles both
for medical students and physician trainees.
Ride Like Crazy was established in honour of Sergeant Mick ‘Crazy’
Koerner of the South Australia Police, who lost his battle with an
inoperable brain tumour in November 2009.
In 2015, the Lightsview Ride Like Crazy in Vietnam will give participants
the opportunity to take their fundraising and cycling to another level –
hitting the road for eight days (485km) through the stunning Vietnamese
Since 2010 Ride Like Crazy has attracted over 8000 riders and raised a
staggering $800,000 for charity.
For more information or to register contact Kristen at the Flinders Medical Centre
Foundation on (08) 8204 5216 or visit www.fmcfoundation.com.au/vietnam
Ride Like Crazy in Vietnam
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