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.



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.