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Friday, 30 August 2013 20:06

St John of God Sister honoured for lifetime of service, leadership

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Sr Isobel's work spans over 60 years, which took her from the training grounds of country Victoria to an Irish university, en route to hospitals in Western Australia, Hong Kong and Pakistan and back to Australia again.

Her enduring contribution to the Catholic health and aged care community in Australia was recognised with her announcement as the fourth recipient of the Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award at the Catholic Health Australia awards dinner in Melbourne on 27 August. 

Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty said Sr Isobel's work on the front lines of health care have been exemplary, not least in answering the call to work in developing parts of the world like Pakistan.

"Sr Isobel took over a struggling 210-bed hospital in one of Pakistan's poorer areas, deftly handling the difficulties that would be obvious for a Catholic ministry – established by the St John of God Sisters – in a Muslim country, but also transforming it into a thriving hospital with an extra 50 beds, high standards of affordable care, the inauguration of surgical procedures, the development of obstetric services and improved anaesthetic and intensive care services," he explained.

But, Mr Laverty said, Sr Isobel's work as a leader in the establishment of two of Australia's first public juridical person will also have a long-lasting legacy for Catholic health and aged care services.

"Many Catholic ministries are still coming to grips with the complexities of the creation of public juridical persons, but Sr Isobel helped create St John of God Australia and a PJP for Catholic Healthcare, working in this space very early on and showing how the process can be followed."

Read the media release in full.