Because of Her, We Can!

Under the theme – Because of Her, We Can! – NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight, for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

They continue to influence as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, chefs, nurses, architects, rangers, emergency and defence personnel, writers, volunteers, chief executive officers, actors, singer songwriters, journalists, entrepreneurs, media personalities, board members, accountants, academics, sporting icons and Olympians, the list goes on.

They are our mothers, our elders, our grandmothers, our aunties, our sisters and our daughters.

Sadly, Indigenous women’s role in our cultural, social and political survival has often been invisible, unsung or diminished.

For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried our dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were there at first contact.

They were there at the Torres Strait Pearlers strike in 1936, the Day of Mourning in 1938, the 1939 Cummeragunja Walk-Off, at the 1946 Pilbara pastoral workers’ strike, the 1965 Freedom Rides, the Wave Hill walk off in 1966, on the front line of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972 and at the drafting of the Uluru Statement.

They have marched, protested and spoken at demonstrations and national gatherings for the proper recognition of our rights and calling for national reform and justice.

Our women were heavily involved in the campaign for the 1967 Referendum and also put up their hands to represent their people at the establishment of national advocacy and representative bodies from the National Aboriginal Congress (NAC) to ATSIC to Land Councils and onto the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples.

They often did so while caring for our families, maintaining our homes and breaking down cultural and institutionalised barriers and gender stereotypes.

Our women did so because they demanded a better life, greater opportunities and – in many cases equal rights – for our children, our families and our people.

They were pioneering women like Barangaroo, Truganini, Gladys Elphick, Fannie Cochrane-Smith, Evelyn Scott, Pearl Gibbs, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Celuia Mapo Salee, Thancoupie, Justine Saunders, Gladys Nicholls, Flo Kennedy, Essie Coffey, Isabel Coe, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Eleanor Harding, Mum Shirl, Ellie Gaffney and Gladys Tybingoompa.

Today, they are trailblazers like Joyce Clague, Yalmay Yunupingu, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Nova Peris, Carol Martin, Elizabeth Morgan, Barbara Shaw, Rose Richards, Vonda Malone, Margaret Valadian, Lowitja O’Donoghue, June Oscar, Pat O’Shane, Pat Anderson Jill Milroy, Banduk Marika, Linda Burney and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks – to name but a few.

Their achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion give us strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come.

Because of her, we can!

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NAIDOC Week ceremony

Central Gippsland Health is holding its ninth annual Flag Raising Ceremony to mark NAIDOC Week on Monday 9 July with the community invited to join with staff, volunteers and board members.

Chief Executive Officer, Frank Evans, will welcome everyone then Sandra Neilson will perform a Welcome to Country. Jodie Douthat will speak on behalf of the local Aboriginal community and CGH Board chair, Tony Anderson, will give an address.

CGH Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee members, Lynette Bishop and Debbie Leon, will raise the flags.

The 2.30pm ceremony will be followed by afternoon tea in the Lecture Hall.

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High Tea a great success


The inaugural Stretton Park Auxiliary’s pre Mother’s Day High Tea was attended by around 180 guests, including 24 people from the Stretton Park Hostel.

Dave Harrington and Bill Stothers (pianist and drummer) provided the music and Margaret Adams the bush poet entertained with her recitals.

Four students assisted the Auxiliary to provide for a successful afternoon of fun, laughter and dining.

Raffles prizes were generously donated by local businesses.  All donors were listed and placed on each table with a story about ‘The Meaning of Mother’s Day’.

Every guest received a small gift as appreciation for their attendance.  Community feedback has been so overwhelming the venue has been booked for a repeat function next year.

Auxiliary chairperson, Lorraine Young, thanked all who helped in setting up and gave a special thank you to Ron Graham for his assistance with the hall and to Lorna Bates and Lucy Graham who lovingly prepared the delicious food served to all guests.

The resulting cheque for the Stretton Park Building fund of $4290 was given to help Stretton Park fulfill its potential for the Maffra community.

Pictured top are (from left) Margaret Williams, Suzie Currie, Lorraine Payne, Lorraine Young, Carol Kitchen (Auxiliary) Phill Clifford (Stretton Park Board Chair++ and Di Hellings (Auxiliary).


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Busy time for McDonald Wing


The McDonald Wing at the Maffra Hospital has had an exciting month of events including fundraising, hosting interesting guests and a volunteer get-together.

 During May, the Regional Manager at Conservation Volunteers Australia, Samantha  Hallo, visited the wing. She gave an informative talk on the Sale Common and The Ramsar Wetland site.  Some of the subjects that Samantha discussed were the impact on the environment through recreation and litter, native plants versus weeds and the different migrating birds that frequent the area.

 Diversional Therapist, Kirsty Snyder said the residents, friends and family who attended thoroughly enjoyed the talk around their local nature environment. “A big thank you to Samantha for her insightful discussion,” Kirsty said.

 Friends and family of residents were invited to participate in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Four community groups were represented along with the local kindergarten with 23 children attending.  Stretton Park Aged Care residents also attended.

 The day was a success with all money raised going to cancer.

Wine and cheese accompanied an afternoon of ABBA music on the big screen for residents.  This gave residents and volunteers an opportunity to socialise.

 Kirsty said the afternoon was such a success it would be held monthly.

 In other news, the Maffra Lions Club donated an aid to assist residents with playing carpet bowls and mini golf.


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CGH helps keep animals warm

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Pictured above is Western Highland terrier, Hamish, testing out his new “used” blanket from CGH at Kaya’s Mission where he has been rescued and is receiving treatment.


On these cold days and nights, it is nice to rug up or snuggle by the fire to keep warm.

 Well thanks to CGH, through CEO Frank Evans and Linen Service Manager, Adam Crotty, lots of homeless animals are being kept warm through clean linen such as old blankets, towels and blueys,  donated to a local animal shelter.

 This year, Kaya’s Mission in Traralgon was delighted to receive several bags of linen. Kaya’s Mission is a registered charity with the primary aim to rehouse dogs from breeding establishments.

 Victoria was the first state in Australia to ban the practice of large volume puppy farming (as opposed to breeding). From 1 July 2018, pet shops can only sell from approved sources (shelters, pounds or voluntarily registered foster carers) which means the number of abandoned dogs is expected to increase.


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HR Stuff (everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask!)

 The following article was contributed by the CGH HR Department.


Medical certificates

A number of staff recently have submitted medical certificates informing  they are unfit to work for a set period of time. Subsequently these staff members have turned up and worked during the period in which they were supposed to be off work.

A medical certificate is a legal document of which the employer is required to recognise. If the certificate states you are unfit to work, this means that you cannot attend work. Staff turning up for work under these circumstances will be sent home.

If you believe that you are fit enough to work before the expiry date of the medical certificate, then you will be required to provide an amended medical certificate or new medical certificate. The certificate will need to confirm that you are now fit to return to work. Without this, you are not permitted to work.


Personal Leave Accruals

You may in the future notice a change to the accrual of personal leave on your payslip each fortnight. At  present,a lump sum amount of personal leave is credited on the anniversary of your appointment each year. This will change to a fortnightly accrual, similar to annual leave. This means you will be able to access personal leave now as it accrues.

The change is being progressively rolled out so don’t be concerned if your rate of accrual has not changed at this time.


Harassment Contact Officers (HCOs)

CGH has welcomed four new HCOs. These new members are Celia Johnston, Suzanne Spink, Annette Cross and Jan Schacht who have attended accredited training at LRH. They join the existing team of HCOs which includes Michelle Papp, Tom Breakspear and Kira Wilkins.

Information concerning the HCOs is being updated and will be available on Noticeboards shortly.


Health and Safety

The health and safety of our staff at CGH is paramount. Recently there has been a spike in the number of manual handling incidents (14 in the last six months) which has caused concern. It has been identified as an issue requiring addressing by the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

Under the Health and Safety Act, CGH has a duty to provide a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of workers. This duty is undertaken through education/training and clearly defined procedures.

Under the Act, staff also have an obligation to take reasonable care of their own health and safety along with that of others in the workplace. Therefore if you undertaking a manual handling task which is outside the procedural guidelines you run a very high risk of injuring yourself and/or others.

The OH&S Committee intends to focus on a number of workplace injuries during Health and Safety Week  later in the year. In the interim, staff are encouraged to refresh their understanding of manual handling processes by reviewing the Manual Handling procedure available on Prompt. It may be beneficial undertaking the online manual handling competency training on Moodle.

Our aim is to have ZERO injuries resulting from poor manual handling techniques in the work place.


You may not be aware that the Payroll team processes thousands of pay data lines every pay period for more than 900 staff. When you combine this with the complexity of interpreting different industrial agreements and the various entitlements that apply to staff, it’s a highly complex task.

Add in the odd pay increase or back pay adjustments and it will become evident of the pressure these staff are under just to get your pay done correctly every fortnight. It’s a challenging task indeed!

That’s why it’s important the information you provide is both accurate and in a timely manner.

To give you some better understanding of the processes involved the following usually applies:


  • On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the week preceding the pay day, time is spent inputting a range of data (ie leave forms, overtime etc) This includes making changes to the master file which may include a change to a staff members banking details, deductions, or rates of pay in the system.


  • On the following Monday morning, the staff are busy processing claims from the weekend (ie shift payments, overtime etc) and closing off Kronos prior to the pay run. This is the busiest time of the fortnight as all work needs to be entered into the system by 9am the deadline for processing the pays. It’s likely that a call to payroll with a query at this time may well fall on deaf ears. Now you know why!


  • Monday afternoon and Tuesday is pay processing. This is when all the work done over the previous fortnight comes together for you to receive your pay. It’s also a busy period when financial reports and pay close offs are completed. A process that includes a combination of a high number of manual entries coupled with the need for a high degree of accuracy within a tight timeframe can be a challenge.


Payroll staff are acutely aware of the impact that an error can have if your pay is incorrect, so they feel your pain when one occurs! So keep this in mind when you are submitting a leave form, completing Kronos or have a query around processing time. Following up on queries takes time and takes Payroll staff away from processing your pay.

So please assist them by getting your submitting your information in an accurate and timely manner. They will thank you for it!

Want More Info?

Contact a member of the Payroll Team or HR Personnel.

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New sitting room

Rehab room 1The Medical Ward at Sale Hospital now has a sitting room for Rehabilitation patients.

 The room has been set up for sub-acute patients to have an area to eat their meals in a relaxing home-like environment, relax after their allied physiotherapy sessions and retreat of an evening. 

 This room will assist with the transition of patients to home, helping them to feel more independent and making their time in hospital a much more pleasant experience. 

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