Wide Bay Medicare Local team a Deadly finalist

THE Wide Bay Medicare Local team has plenty to be excited about, with news the organisation is a finalist at the prestigious Deadly Awards.

The annual Deadly Awards celebrate the work of some of the nation's highest achievers in the indigenous community and Wide Bay Medicare Local, which services Maryborough, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay, has been nominated for its work during the January floods, and in trying to reduce smoking in the indigenous community.

The group has been nominated for two awards - one in the Health category and the other in the Excellence in Promoting Healthy and Smoke-Free Lifestyles category.

Wide Bay Medicare Local chief executive Shane Dawson said he was proud of the work the indigenous health team carried out to help create a healthier future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

"During the January floods, countless hours were spent helping out at evacuation centres and attending to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders," Mr Dawson said.

"They sprang into action during the crisis, checking on the health and welfare of clients in evacuation centres and assisted with arranging medical care, transport and access to medications.

"Indigenous residents were happy to see a face they knew and trusted from their Medicare Local during the floods," Mr Dawson said.



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