RAMSAY AUSTRALIA CEO MESSAGE 2016 International Nurses and Midwives Week saw some fantastic recognition for Ramsay Health Care nurses topped off by Ramsay Health Care nurse Angie Monk taking out the 2016 HESTA Nurse of the Year Award. This is wonderful recognition for Angie, a Joondalup Health Campus nurse since 1997, who oversees one of the best private programs in patient blood management in Australia. Angie already won recognition earlier this year at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards and has followed this up with this major award. Congratulations to Angie! Ramsay also had two other finalists at the awards ceremony in the Outstanding Graduate Award category. We are extremely proud of St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital Graduate Nurses Thembie Ndebele and Ashleigh Morris. In addition, two Peel Health Campus nurses were recognised recently after winning their categories in the 2016 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards. • Jemma Freegard, Clinical Midwifery Manager on Peel’s maternity ward won the Excellence in Leadership award; and • Donna Cook, a Breast Care nurse won excellence in Primary, Public and Community Care. These are all outstanding achievements and Ramsay Health Care is extremely proud of these nurses and midwives who are the embodiment of the 14,000 nurses who work across Ramsay Health Care every day. During May, we celebrated International Nurses and Midwives Week which was a great opportunity to pass on a note of gratitude, on behalf of the management and Board of Ramsay Health Care, to all our nurses and midwives who work in our facilities around Australia – for the compassion and dedication with which they go about their work every day. The Ramsay Way is what makes our Company great, and our nurses and midwives are the very essence of The Ramsay Way – people caring for people. In addition to the feedback they get from patients every day, it is important for the rest of us working with them and the community at large to pause and reflect on the amazing work that they do and to let them know that it is appreciated. During the last month we held our National Doctors Forum in Brisbane where we brought together our hospital Medical Advisory Committee Chairmen. It was a great event with some excellent presentations. We discussed ICHOM; the Vanderbilt Program; genomics and the future global megatrends. We are very appreciative of the work that our Medical Advisory Committees undertake to support our hospitals. I thank all of the doctors who serve on these Committees. Danny Sims CEO, Ramsay Australia 2 The Ramsay Way 2016 | 02 Darius Boyd Signs as Mental Health Ambassador with Ramsay Ramsay Health Care have officially re-signed NRL player Darius Boyd as a mental health ambassador. Darius sought treatment for depression in a Ramsay mental health clinic some years ago and has openly shared his experience through the media and at public lectures, since that time, in order to encourage other people to seek treatment when required. He has also recently been appointed a mental health ambassador with the NRL. “I hope to inspire people suffering from mental illness not to be afraid to speak out and seek help from the right health professionals,” Darius said. “When it comes to physical injuries – a broken leg or arm – we wouldn’t think of trying to fix it ourselves but with mental illness we suffer in silence. “Admitting myself to a Clinic made me realise that there are effective treatments, health professionals and services for anxiety and depression, and by seeking this support I was able to recover quickly.” Nearly half of the Australian population will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, contributing to a high rate of suicide. As an ambassador for Ramsay Health Care for the past year, Darius has given his time freely to community seminars and articles on mental health which has been well received. Ramsay is delighted to have Darius re-signed as an ambassador. To watch Darius' video "Two Years On", go to: www.ramsaymentalhealth.com.au Paul Ramsay Foundation Announces Education Grant The Beacon Foundation, Paul Ramsay Foundation and Tasmanian Government have announced a partnership that will pilot a change to the way young Tasmanians are educated. In one of the largest private investments in public education in Australia, the five-year project is funded by a $10 million commitment from Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia’s largest philanthropic group, along with a $5 million co-contribution from the Tasmanian Government. Building on the long term success of Beacon’s national education model, the initiative will directly increase resourcing for Tasmanian schools with a higher level of disadvantaged students. The project will focus on collaborative education, where businesses, parents and educators work together to provide relevant and engaging education. It is estimated that close to half the state’s teenagers do not finish high school. The project will focus on collaborative education where representatives from local companies work with and mentor high school students to encourage them to stay in school till year 12 and receive training and advice designed for them to be job-ready after completing their studies. "There are families (in Tasmania) where unemployment has been entrenched for four to five generations. We help these kids get their first jobs," said Mr Greg Woolley, Chairman of the Beacon Foundation. 'They forge these relationships with these potential employees when they're at school and in turn when they're ready for work these companies know about them already - and in reality it saves them a lot in HR costs." Beacon chief executive Scott Harris said Beacon was confident it could help at least 90 per cent of students at the schools involved stay through to the end of Year 12. The foundation's My Education program is already in 120 schools across Australia and a further online program is being funded by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation. Ramsay Foundation CEO Simon Freeman said they were delighted to be part of this initiative. "Paul Ramsay was a huge believer that a good education can empower and equip young people for success, which is why it forms one of the key areas of focus for the Foundation today," he said. "As an organisation we have been looking to invest in proven models that help drive systemic change across education and inspires young people to fulfil their potential and we see Beacon as an ideal model for this." Paul Ramsay, founder of Ramsay Health Care, left approximately $3 billion to the Paul Ramsay Foundation after his death in 2014, which is the largest bequest in Australia’s history. The Paul Ramsay Foundation remains a major shareholder of Ramsay Health Care meaning that a large percentage of profits from Ramsay Health Care are put back into charity.
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