Secretary Gail Smith and President Janice Ward attended the United Hospital Auxiliaries (UHA) Conference held at Bankstown recently.
As well as the usual conference proceedings the pair made the most of the opportunity to talk to lots of other auxiliary members during breaks, which they found turned out to be a great opportunity to see what other Auxiliaries do to support their hospitals.
Over the two days of the conference there was between 218 and 230 in attendance.
Young had the privilege of receiving two Merit Certificates for raising over $500 net per member and raising over $20,000 net.
However, the highlight of the second day was when Young’s very own Chris Page was presented with a well-deserved UHA Life Membership by former NSW Governor, Dame Marie Bashir.
Gross Funds raised by NSW UHA in 2015 – 2016 was $10,888,000.94 with nett funds raised equating a total of $5,996,282.31.
The total value of items gifted to Hospitals by NSW UHA for 2015 – 2016 was $5,429,390.81.
There was a total of 1835 meetings between 193 branches with 5,680 members.
Volunteers devoted a total of 910,202 hours which is the same as 506 full time employees.
There were a total of 11 resolutions presented, and Young’s resolution – renal dialysis within an hour/100km – was very well supported.
The other resolution we introduced – ambulance transport to hospitals where specialist care has already been received rather than to designated hospitals – was also passed. These will now go on to the Minister for Health.
There were a variety of guest speakers involved in health including; Paddye Parnell of Alzheimer’s Australia, Jennifer Duncombe of Médecins Sans Frontières and Father Chris Riley of ‘Youth off the Streets’.
Overall the ladies found it to be a very interesting and thought-provoking conference. The Auxiliary’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 10.30am in the meeting room at the Hospital. If you would like to serve the community with our friendly group, you’re very welcome.
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