Hervey Bay hospital scooped a clutch of awards for its Look Good Feel Better sessions for cancer patients.
Hervey Bay hospital scooped a clutch of awards for its Look Good Feel Better sessions for cancer patients.

Looking good and feeling better

THE MOOD was more than upbeat at Hervey Bay Hospital yesterday.

Twenty-two cancer patients were on hand to join in the celebrations after the hospital scooped a clutch of awards for its Look Good Feel Better sessions.

“Hervey Bay is a small town and we beat Brisbane and places like Ipswich,” co-ordinator for Look Good Feel Better on the Fraser Coast Pat Harvey said. “It was so seriously important for Hervey Bay to get recognition.”

Ms Harvey took out state and national honours when she was named Australian and Queensland Volunteer of the Year at the LGFB awards.

She was one of 1500 volunteers from whom judges had to select.

All of the others, including two new names from the Fraser Coast, will not have Ms Harvey to contend with next year after she stepped down from her position of seven years.

The signs of progress are conspicuous. When she took on the job in 2002 there were three volunteers, today there are 30.

Two co-ordinators – one in the Bay and one in Maryborough – will organise future workshops here.

There are 12 LGFB programs pencilled in for 2010, with Maryborough – for the first time – to stand alone as an LGFB centre.

Hervey Bay Hospital’s oncology team, led by nurse unit manager and cancer care co-ordinator Lyn Brebner, also picked up a state award, winning the gong for Queensland Workshop Location of the Year.

“We used to run it in the chemo unit but it grew so much we had to outsource,” Ms Brebner said.

The no-show rate to the workshops at Hervey Bay Hospital is just three per cent, the lowest in Qld. Most workshops accommodate the maximum number.



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