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BY TRACEY HUTTON
In its 38th year the Flinders
Medical Centre (FMC)
Volunteer Service is as strong
There are now over 650 volunteers
who make up the volunteer community
and over 100 volunteers committing
to their various programs daily.
In the 2012/2013 financial year
alone, the service donated $457,095
to FMC including $140,000 for
research grants via the FMC
Foundation, $31,432 for monitors,
televisions and bedside lockers, and
$70,000 for a new Fibroscan, a vital
piece of equipment helping patients
with liver problems.
"As a service we continue to
evolve and strive for excellence
in whatever we do, whether it
is in the retail areas or in patient
support. Our donations have
now exceeded $13 million since
the inception of our service, a
remarkable achievement and one
of which we are very proud.
"Our volunteers are found in almost
every area of the hospital providing
support, comfort and information
to everyone they come in contact
with and I feel sure that without
that continued presence, the
hospital would be a very different
To fi nd out more about the
FMC Volunteer Service, or to
join, call (08) 8204 3009.
FMC's Robert Bryce with
the President's Medal.
BY MONIQUE PASCHKE
Flinders Medical Centre's
Robert Bryce has been
recognised with the
prestigious Royal Australian
and New Zealand College
of Obstetricians and
Associate Professor Bryce is the
Clinical Director of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology at FMC and has been
working at the hospital in a range of
roles since 1989.
The President's Medal is the highest
award presented to a Fellow by the
College and is awarded to Fellows
who have made an outstanding
contribution to the work of the
Associate Professor Bryce was
recognised for his work in
medical education and women's
health, particularly in the area of
"I felt honoured to be recognised
by my peers, although somewhat
surprised that I should be singled
out, considering how many College
Flinders volunteers making a di erence
At the volunteer service's recent
annual general meeting, four
volunteers were awarded a Premier's
Certificate of Recognition for
Outstanding Volunteer Service.
Clara Rayner, Ruth Seager,
Jill Aikin and Joan Young were
recognised for their long-term
dedication to the service with all
four having volunteered with the
service for 37 years.
FMC Volunteer Service
President Barbara Howard
said volunteers had provided
135,000 hours of service to FMC
over the past 12 months.
"This is a truly magnificent
achievement and is a testament to the
dedication, loyalty and commitment
of our volunteers," Barbara said.
National recognition for FMC director
Fellows are doing good work,"
Associate Professor Bryce said.
"I have been passionate about
improving our assessment of
trainees because I believe it has
improved fairness for the trainees
and for our patients by providing
consistent and valid assessments of
competence. The fact that I have
enjoyed this work has fuelled my
"It was also especially gratifying to
have my wife, daughter and brother
present when I received the award."
Bryce said he hoped
his work would
inspire colleagues and
students in the field.
"I am nearing the end
of my professional
career and have made
my contribution. It
is over to the others
RANZCOG trains and
and New Zealand
in the specialties of
by forging productive relationships
with individuals, the community
and professional organisations, both
locally and internationally.
gynaecology so that they are
capable, professionally and
psychologically, of providing the
highest standards of health care.
The College also supports research
into women's health and acts as an
advocate for women's health care
The volunteer service also
undertook a nearly $40,000
renovation of its level 2 Coffee
Shop to improve service for
patients, visitors and staff. The
coffee shop is also now open on
weekends from 11am to 3pm.
The FMC Volunteer Guide Service
has also continued to flourish over
the past 12 months. The number
of people who now make up the
guide team has risen to 70, with
the opening of the Flinders Centre
for Innovation in Cancer.
On any one day there may be 14
guides working across the FMC
campus, helping people find their
way to appointments or to visit
family members and friends.
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