Dr Penny Vine was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow  Award for a lifetime of service to both the health of our community as well as support for refugees.

 

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The photo shows President Geoff Haberecht presenting the award to Dr Vine. The award is in recognition of her lifetime of service, including the following;

  • Penny established the Cot Death Support Group as she noted that there was very little support for those impacted by cot death and neonatal and stillbirth deaths.
  • Took on the Medical Officer position at Woodstock, a disability services provider for children with severe disabilities.  She worked there for 13 years.
  • Set up a local chapter of the National Association of Loss and Grief and was the local chair for many years.
  • Retrained herself in all aspects of loss and grief and became a key support person in the area of youth suicide.
  • During the Kosova crisis she supported the 400 Kosovan refugees at Bandiana.
  • Penny has always made herself available for “community grieving”eg helping small towns come to terms after youth suicides or car accidents.
  • Awarded membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2000.
  • Established her private practice in Grief and Loss for many years and as well as continuing her work in the other fields, she gave a series of lectures at La Trobe University Albury Wodonga to each cohort of Social Work students on Grief and Loss.
  • Also a volunteer in Displan coordinated by the Red Cross, where counselling support and wellbeing help is offered after major events  eg flood in South Albury.
  • Since retiring from her private practice shehas been involved in supporting refugees who have been granted Visas to come to Australia mainly from African countries.
  • Has chaired the local Murray valley Sanctuary Group for several years.