From little things, big things grow

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Every year in September there is an important week in Mater’s calendar to celebrate the legacy of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy by acknowledging the organisation’s ongoing commitment to Mercy.

The week is held to coincide with Mercy Day, 24 September, and this year staff were encouraged to think about the role Mater plays in community and environmental sustainability in the context of their day-to-day tasks. This reflection was illustrated by the notion of all small things we do every day and how they can make a big difference for other people. This theme was extended through a number of events and activities throughout the week.

An important part of Mercy Week, the Mercy Week Awards, were announced on Wednesday 24 September and highlighted the efforts of some special staff members in “making a difference”.

Dr Andrew Cotterill—Clinical Award

Dr Andrew Cotterill was named the Clinical Award winner for his passionate advocacy for children and young people with diabetes in Queensland. Dr Cotterill has been the Director of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Mater Children's Hospital for 13 years. During this time he has developed an outreach program that provides support and assistance to regional, rural and remote paediatricians and other health professionals and he was instrumental in obtaining Queensland Health funding to develop a state-wide program for the effective transition of young people with diabetes from paediatric to adult care. He has also overseen the development of state-wide Best Practice Guidelines which will provide a framework to assist health professionals to deliver effective care to young people. Dr Cotterill is well known and highly regarded for his collaborative and inclusive approach to paediatric care.

Robyn Tasker—Support Services Award

The Support Services Award went to Robyn Tasker, the Director of Mater ChildCare after the service achieved an exceptional result from its re-accreditation process through National ChildCare Accreditation Council. The quality of the service was assessed against 692 quality indicators and Mater ChildCare received 98.85 per cent as well as a result of 100 per cent across five of the seven quality areas (including staff relationships with children and peers and partnerships with families). The results were a true reflection of Robyn’s team leadership and her focus on putting the care of the children of Mater staff first.

The Mater Broker Team—Team Award

The Mater Broker Team won the Team Award for its innovative Mater initiative focusing on the coordination of long overdue, in some cases life-saving, surgery for thousands of patients who have waited on public health lists for extended periods. Under the leadership of Darren Sonter, with Cathy Ross and Selah Williams, the Team puts the patient first. The complexity of logistics required to coordinate thousands of patients with hospitals, surgeons, anaesthetists and travel agencies across the state are substantial and the team has delivered quality and value to its various stakeholders. It has also found an appropriate balance between “Mission and Margin”, ensuring much needed compassionate care to thousands of people.

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    Mater Broker TeamRobyn TaskerDr Andrew CotterillMercy Award winners the Broker Team, Robyn Tasker and Dr Andrew Cotterill.Mercy Week BBQMercy Week BBQ at the Mater Private Hospital Terrace Cafe.Executive Director Mission Leadership Madonna McGahan with some Mater staff at the Mercy Week BBQ.Mercy Week displaysThe Mercy Week morning tea with the Sisters of Mercy

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