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OUR PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHERN ADELAIDE LOCAL HEALTH NETWORK
The Aberfoyle Park woman
was born with a brain tumour
as a result of her father being
exposed to the notorious Agent
Orange during the Vietnam
Over 70 million litres of the
highly toxic chemical were
sprayed over South Vietnam,
leaving a legacy of cancers,
nervous system disorders and
skin diseases among Veterans
--- not to mention sicknesses
inherited by their children.
Despite undergoing 17 brain
operations before the age of
three, Kelle was determined
not to let the tumour prevent
her from living a fulfilling life.
At the age of 32, she began
her career as a volunteer.
Today Kelle can be found
behind the counter of
Repatriation General Hospital's
(RGH) Volunteer Coffee Shop,
where she has worked since
September last year.
Kelle is among 210
hardworking Repat volunteers
-- and an estimated 900,000
volunteers across the state --
who were recognised as part of
SA Volunteers Day on 9 June.
For Kelle, volunteering not
only presents an opportunity
to give back to the community
-- it remains a source of great
satisfaction and joy.
"I have no idea where I
would be if I couldn't do my
volunteering - it has literally
"Being a volunteer has given
me a sense of being a part
of something significant, but
most importantly - out of my
work here at the Repat -- I
have made new friendships, an
entire volunteering family.
"I feel useful in my community
and the new skills I have picked
up are very valuable to me."
Kelle works one day at the
coffee shop and three days
at The Repat Foundation's
Prior to joining the Repat, Kelle
spent 18 months volunteering
at Flinders Medical Centre
and, before that, various other
"Volunteering can provide job
opportunities and allow you to
get your foot in the door."
"It's a great place to learn and I
recommend anyone thinking of
getting involved to just do it."
To find out about becoming
a volunteer, call the Repat
today on 8276 9666.
Kelle's life-changing decision
BY KYLA GOODFELLOW
For 44-year-old Kelle Godwin, paid employment
remains just out of reach.
Lydia Belet has been appointed
Perioperative Nursing Director for
the Southern Adelaide Local Health
Lydia has been Nursing Director,
Outpatients and Clinical Support at
the Northern Adelaide Local Health
Network (NALHN) for the last 18
months. Prior to this she was Nursing
Director, Surgical and Ambulatory
Services at Modbury Hospital.
Lydia brings to SALHN more than
25 years of nursing and hospital
management experience across both
the public and private sectors.
She has a special interest in
perioperative nursing with 20 years
of experience in this specialty and is a
member of Australian Confederation
Operating Room Nurses in
affiliation with the South Australian
Perioperative Nurses Association.
Clinical Director of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology at Flinders Medical
Centre (FMC), Associate Professor
Robert Bryce, will farewell the
hospital next month after more than
three decades of service.
Assoc Prof Bryce has worked at
FMC in a range of roles since 1989
and in 2013 was awarded the
prestigious Royal Australian and New
Zealand College of Obstetricians
and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
President's Medal for his work in
medical education and women's
health -- the highest award presented
to a Fellow by the College.
Assoc Prof Bryce praised the
professionalism of the department's
doctors, nurses, midwives and
clerical staff, which has resulted in
"FMC Obstetrics and Gynaecology
being regarded as second to none in
Australia and New Zealand".
"The quality of our trainees also gives
me great confidence in the future of
our profession," he said.
"It has been an honour to work as a
part of this team."
Assoc Prof Bryce hopes his work will
inspire colleagues and students in
the field and offered these parting
words: "With any power comes
responsibility. If you have to choose
between being liked and being
respected, choose respected."
Assoc Prof Bryce's final day at FMC
will be Friday, 8 August.
As for the future, it holds "a life of
relaxation and limited responsibility".
Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Nurse
Ginger Murphy and Midwife
Dianne Harry took out the top
prizes at the 2014 FMC Nursing and
Midwifery Excellence Awards in May
for their exceptional contribution to
patient care at the hospital.
Ginger, an Enrolled Nurse in the
Paediatric Ward, was nominated by
several consumers who praised her
for her kind and sympathetic nature.
Dianne, a midwife in the Birthing
and Assessment Suite, was
recognised for her calm and
supportive demeanour when
Thanks to the Flinders Nurses
Education and Research Fund who
kindly donated $250 gift vouchers to
each winner. The FMC Foundation
generously donated ottomans, while
the FMC Volunteer Service donated
two beautiful clocks.
Erica Modra -- wife of former Adelaide
Crows player Tony Modra -- was guest
speaker for the event, which was also
attended by SA Health Chief Nurse and
Midwifery Officer Lydia Dennett.
Repatriation General Hospital
Volunteer Kelle Godwin
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