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    Michael Connellan
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    Heather Fleming

East Grampians service honours members

Michael Connellan and Heather Fleming are part of an exclusive group of people to receive special recognition for their commitment to East Grampians Health Service.

Service board treasurer Don Cole awarded Dr Connellan and Mrs Fleming with Life Governorships at a general meeting.

Community liaison officer Jodie Holwell said the pair were dedicated and appreciated members of East Grampians Health Service, EGHS, and the community.

She said Dr Connellan, who received the Rural Doctors Association of Australia Rural Doctor of the Year Award 2019, had provided support to EGHS for the past 25 years.

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She said he joined the Ararat Medical Centre partnership in 1994 and practised both obstetrics and anaesthetics as part of his rural general practice.

Ms Holwell said he was also the visiting medical officer representative on the clinical review working group and attended clinical consultative committee meetings.

“The health service particularly appreciates and values his willingness to participate on the on-call roster, which provides out of hours care,” she said.

“He has strongly supported medical training over many years and his passion to teach others has been a big focus during his career. 

“Rarely has a term gone by without him hosting an intern, registrar or medical student.”

Ms Holwell said the EGHS board appointed Mrs Fleming in July 2008. She retired 11 years later, in June last year.

Ms Holwell said during this time, Mrs Fleming had served as a director, vice-chair and acting-chair.

“Previous to her board role Heather was secretary of the Ark Toy Library from 2001-2009 and spent three years on a community advisory committee,” she said.

“She is an extremely passionate member of the community, who feels strongly that her achievements are due to the hard work and endeavours of all her fellow volunteers, and the support received from a broad range of other agencies.”

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