- 2017 WA Health Excellence Awards recognise wide-ranging achievement
- Dr Diane Mohen and Dr Dan O'Donnell joint recipients of prestigious Minister for Health's Award
Two champions of rural and remote health have been named joint recipients of the 2017 Minister for Health's Award for Outstanding Commitment to a Healthier Western Australia, presented at the annual WA Health Excellence Awards.
Medical Director of the Statewide Obstetric Support Unit Dr Diane Mohen and retired Fremantle Hospital Medical Consultant Dr Dan O'Donnell were the first to share the prestigious honour since it was introduced in 2014.
The Minister for Health's Award recognises an individual who demonstrates a commitment to helping achieve 'healthier, longer and better quality lives for all Western Australians'.
Dr Mohen was recognised for a career spanning 30 years, throughout which she was a tireless champion for maternity services across country WA. Her passion and hard work has ensured that many rural women could receive care closer to home.
Dr O'Donnell was acknowledged for three decades of service to socially disadvantaged patients from the South Metropolitan corridor, as well as to the rural and remote communities in the Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands and the Kimberley. He had a special interest in cardiac disease following childhood rheumatic fever which saw many patients brought down from the Kimberley for investigation and management.
Also honoured at the WA Health Excellence Awards was the Diabetes Telehealth program, which took out the night's ultimate prize, the Director General's award for best category winner.
The program is the first diabetes educator-led telehealth service in Australia and brings equitable and flexible diabetes education closer to home for rural Western Australians.
In its first two years, the program received more than 700 referrals, and saved more than 113,000 kilometres in travel for consumers and 54 days of travel for diabetes educators.
For more information, visit http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/ExcellenceAwards
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The WA Health Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements to improving healthcare delivery, sustainable use of resources, quality and safety, and patient care.
"This year we have recognised two stalwarts of the health system in Dr Diane Mohen and Dr Dan O'Donnell.
"Dr Mohen has worked tirelessly over the past 30 years to ensure that Western Australian women in rural and remote areas have access to high quality, safe and culturally appropriate obstetric and gynaecological care.
"Dr O'Donnell was a fierce advocate for rural and remote patients, and for indigenous patients in particular. His visits to remote communities in WA were instrumental in setting up ongoing services in the regions.
"I thank both Dr Mohen and Dr O'Donnell for dedicating their professional lives to the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our State."
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