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The rate of preterm birth in Western Australia is 8-9%, and is 15% in Aboriginal people.

Volunteering WA grant enables event to recognise outstanding volunteers

The contributions of more than 100 volunteers to the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) were celebrated as part of a recent event to mark National Volunteers Week 2017.

Patron of the Women and Infants Research Foundation and Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, attended as the guest of honour and said the event was a fantastic opportunity to recognise an exceptional group of people.

“Volunteers at KEMH perform countless tasks that add that extra special touch to a mother and newborn’s journey. They form an invaluable resource, making a significant contribution to the ability of the Hospital to deliver the highest level of service,” Mrs Sanderson said.

“This annual event is all about recognising the contribution and achievements of this amazing group of volunteers.”

Chief Operations Director of the Women and Infants Research Foundation, Deb Attard Portughes said during the past year, WIRF had grown its volunteer base to more than 110.

“This team of volunteers contributes over 10,000 hours each year which is valued at more than $460 000,” Ms Portughes said.

“The work of our volunteers extends to many of the Hospital’s departments. By engaging in patient and client activities, volunteers are a vital link between the clinical and nursing services, and together form a holistic approach to the quality health care that people need.”

As part of the event, volunteers celebrating 5, 10 and 15 year long service awards were recognised. 5 year recipients were: Cathy Wilkins and Ros Lightman. 15 year recipients were: Lois Egerton-Warburton and Denise Kristal. Liz Chidlow and Karen Chitty were also presented with individual special service awards

Volunteers at WIRF and KEMH provide vital services across a range of departments and services including: the hospital’s café and gift shop, op shop, perinatal loss service, social work, physiotherapy, the centenary clinic and nurseries.

The morning tea event, and the development of a suite of posters illustraing the many KEMH departments that WIRF volunteers support, were made possible by a generous grant from Volunteering WA.