Australia Day Honour for Oban Director31-Jan-2016

Diane Sullivan has recently been awarded an AM in the Australia Day Awards “for significant contribution to community health, particularly through aged care, Indigenous, and rural health organisations”

Diane’s passion for the past thirty years has been the delivery and access and governance of health services in rural and regional Victoria. This has been mainly in aged care, particularly for the ageing Aboriginal population, and in the development of cancer services and comprehensive community based palliative care together with governance of small rural health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations.

“It is indeed humbling to be honoured in the 2016 Australia Day Awards. Hopefully my appointment as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia can enable me to be more fully involved with appropriate governance of these health services as well as improving the standards of care. The community really needs greater awareness of the standards of care for our elderly predominantly in residential care. They are particularly vulnerable as are those receiving care for cancer and palliative care. We need strong advocates and people committed to the highest levels of clinical governance in all these areas and especially in rural and regional Victoria. Hopefully my appointment will allow me to be even more effective in achieving this.”