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Let’s get to know one of our volunteers, Anne-Maria Falvey

By | Recent, Volunteer

As a part of this year’s National Volunteer Week celebration, we will share stories about our wonderful volunteers and highlight their contributions to the local community.
Let’s get to know Anne-Maria Falvey!

Anne-Maria Falvey is one of the three finalists in the Volunteering Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award 2022. Presented in honour of an individual who has made an exemplary voluntary contribution and who through their volunteering has made a significant impact on Queensland’s well-being.

Anne-Maria has been volunteering at Ipswich Hospital for 11 years since starting in 2010.

During this time, Anne-Maria has been a long-standing Meet & Greet hospital volunteer, the friendly face of the hospital entrance, assisting patients and visitors find their way around the hospital.

Anne-Maria also plays the piano for patients and usually plays Santa visiting the patients and staff of West Moreton Health at Christmas.

She volunteers in the Oncology Day Unit, supporting patients as they await and undergo their Chemotherapy treatments in more recent times.
All the work Anne-Maria does in our community in addition to IHF. For example, on most afternoons, Anne-Maria will drive out to collect end-of-day baked goods from various bakeries around the Ipswich Area and deliver them to Rosie’s – Friends of the Street for outreach teams to distribute to local churches and nursing homes.

Anne-Maria volunteers with Rosies on two of their street van teams. She also assists St Vincent de Paul Society Ipswich with their Monday outreach home visits and volunteering at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ipswich’s Coffee on Wednesday (COWS) morning tea program. They serve free coffee and a chat to those in need of social support.

Anne-Maria is a tireless volunteer who cares for every person she meets.

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Let’s get to know one of our volunteers, Elizabeth Franklin

By | Volunteer

As a part of this year’s National Volunteer Week celebration, we will share stories about our wonderful volunteers and highlight their contributions to the local community.
Let’s get to know Elizabeth Franklin!

Tell me a bit about your background and what made you want to be a volunteer?

After a period of ill health, I needed to do something to get out of the house and had read about the craft club in the local newspaper. I thought what better way to give back to the community than helping other people while doing something I enjoy doing.

How long have you been with IHF? Any stories from back then you’d like to share?

I have been volunteering for about 3.5 years. What happens at craft club stays at craft club!!

What is the best thing that happened to you whilst being a volunteer?

Being connected with a group of fabulous and entertaining women and knowing we make a positive impact on less fortunate people.

What motivates you to be successful in your volunteer role?

It makes it easy when you are doing something you enjoy.

What would be your advice to anyone considering to be a volunteer?

There are plenty of jobs to do so there will always be something suited to your skillset. Many hands make light work! And there’s never a dull moment.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about making sure people feel they belong and can be involved.

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Let’s get to know one of our volunteers, Ruth Jorgensen

By | Volunteer

As a part of this year’s National Volunteer Week celebration, we will share stories about our wonderful volunteers and highlight their contributions to the local community.
Let’s get to know Ruth Jorgensen!

Tell me a bit about your background and what made you want to be a volunteer?

I had worked for Queensland Health for 19 years, retiring in 2008. Most of those years were spent at Ipswich Hospital, firstly as an administrative officer and then as a training officer with IT.

How long have you been with IHF? Any stories from back then you’d like to share?

When I was asked to be a volunteer at the inception of the hospital volunteering corps in 2010 I jumped at the chance.  I loved the atmosphere of the hospital with its core values of service to the community.  It was great to come back to that environment and feel a part of it again.

The original group of volunteers was a tight knit little team and initially we just manned the information desk on level 6.  It was interesting to note how staff members reacted to us initially – firstly with a little suspicion maybe and then acceptance and now, with our roles having expanded to encompass many areas of the hospital, with some dependence and thankfulness.

We took a little time to work ourselves into our role but after a period we had to be careful that we didn’t think that we ran the hospital because we were often the first people visitors saw when they entered.  Secretly I think we did think that the hospital would fall apart without us but we tried hard to stay humble (lol as they say on Facebook).

What is the best thing that happened to you whilst being a volunteer?

One of the best things about being a volunteer is the friendships we make and the feeling that we are giving back to the community, that we are a part of the hospital team and that we do make a difference.

Another wonderful aspect is the people we meet – the many types of people who walk through the door, the hero staff, the battling patients and the concerned visitors.  Most people are appreciative of us and our role although I know that some volunteers have faced unhappy scenarios over the years.  Fortunately, not many.

It is wonderful seeing patients coming in every week for post surgical treatment and watch them improving all the time.  You get to know them and regular visitors and, of course, the staff and know that perhaps you are appreciated a little bit.

One of my close colleagues seems to be a magnet for labouring mothers.  She knows who she is.  But many times we had mothers on the verge of birth at the doorstep, in the lift, in their cars or just making it to the Birth Suite.  She was a nurse and had the experience and skill to deal with these and other scary scenarios.  I am so glad I was working with her at those times.

What motivates you to be successful in your volunteer role?

The satisfaction of helping people, of being able to sympathise and empathise with people of many walks of life and of feeling useful in retirement.  Now my focus has changed to being a volunteer with the hospital museum and this work of helping to preserve the history of the hospital brings another aspect of using my skills into play.

What would be your advice to anyone considering to be a volunteer?

The IHF volunteer team provides many roles that people can slot into depending on their abilities, skills and experience but I think that you just have to want to help people and the community.  The fact that you make wonderful friends and are appreciated as part of a large multi-functional team is an added bonus.  Tolerance, patience and acceptance are important characteristics to have in the healthcare environment but just be aware that many unexpected events occur – both good and bad.  It is an exciting environment and one that I have loved and enjoyed for many years.

What are you passionate about?

Wanting people to be tolerant of each other, no matter their background or story.  Everyone is unique in their own way.

Acceptance of people as they are, respect for those who we think are different to us but who are probably struggling as we are to live a good life.

As volunteers in a health environment I think these are core values we should all hold high.

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Let’s get to know one of our volunteers, Cloe Devlin

By | Volunteer

As a part of this year’s National Volunteer Week celebration, we will share stories about our wonderful volunteers and highlight their contributions to the local community.
Let’s get to know Cloe Devlin!

Hi my name is Cloe Devlin, I’m 20 years old and I’m a volunteer at IHF. I’m currently enrolled in a Diploma of Event Management at TAFE Queensland at the Ipswich campus.

So how did I become part of the IHF family?

In mid-April my TAFE teacher approached our class and said that Coco, the Volunteer Coordinator from IHF, had been in contact with her for some students to be part of IHF for some volunteer work. I thought what could be a greater opportunity than this, fundraising and learning how events work in the real world!

So I jumped straight on board.  I have been part of the Ipswich 100 and also the Woolworths Wall Token Campaign, raising funds for sick kids in hospitals. It was so much fun dressing up as the Easter Bunny and handing out Easter eggs to children in the local area.

The best thing that has happened since I have started volunteering is the high positive feeling you get knowing that you are volunteering for a good cause. The thing that motivates me through my volunteer role is knowing it’s for a good cause, but also all the friendly people that you meet along the way with IHF.

If you are considering volunteering for IHF, trust my advice—jump on board! The time you give is so important and so appreciated. The one thing I’m most passionate about is bringing joy to those that need it and this is exactly the job for it.

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Five siblings donate two iPads to Ipswich Hospital

By | Fundraising, Recent

Five siblings have donated two iPads to the Palliative Care Unit at Ipswich Hospital in memory of their late parents.

The donation by siblings Sheila, Sara, Ian, Helen and Celia fulfilled their father’s last wish by giving other palliative care patients the means to communicate with their loved ones during COVID-19 restrictions.

Both of their parents passed away in 2021 after lengthy illnesses.

One sibling, Helen Jarvis, said the palliative care team at Ipswich Hospital respected and supported her parents’ wishes to pass away at home.

“My mum had dementia, and Dad was her primary carer. His journey with prostate cancer started 14 years ago, so it was a tough role for Dad. That’s why we stepped in and did what we could to look after them.

“But we couldn’t have done it without the support of the palliative care team. They made the experience so much more pleasant. We always knew the palliative care team was there for us when things got difficult.”

Helen’s sister Sara said her parents settled in Camira after migrating to Australia in 1974 and brought up nine children in the house where they lived for 47 years.

“That was their castle,” Sara said. “They didn’t want to be in the hospital at the end of their journey, so giving them the ability to pass away at home was huge.

“Dad was mostly at home with us caring for him, and the palliative care team would visit to give him a tune-up. Dad had a couple of days in the hospital to adjust his medication, and then came back home when he was stable.

“COVID made it difficult to contact Dad when he was in hospital as he couldn’t use a mobile phone. One of his last wishes was to donate some iPads. Hopefully other families will benefit from being able to see their loved one on FaceTime or Skype. Every minute with your loved one counts at the end of their journey.”

Palliative Care Unit Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Kylie-Anne Dempster, said the donation would mean a lot to patients and their families.

“COVID restrictions have brought many challenges that we’ve never had to deal with before,” Ms Dempster said. “Not being able to be with a loved one at the end of their life greatly affects patients and their families. Now they will be able to communicate with their loved one via FaceTime thanks to this thoughtful donation.”

Ms Dempster said she remembered the siblings’ father Colin very well, describing him as “a very strong character with a very gentle soul”.

To find out how you can give back to the community through a donation to your local public hospital, visit: https://www.ihfoundation.org.au.

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Gather, Support, and Donate to Regina Doig Fund Morning Tea

By | Fundraising

The beloved Ipswich charity event, Regina Doig Fund Morning Tea 2022 will be hosted by Ipswich Hospital Foundation and Regina Doig’s younger sister, Vicki Doig, at Brothers League Club, 20 Wildey Street, Raceview on Saturday, May 28th this year.

The Regina Doig Fund is a charity fund established by the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and Vicki Doig as a legacy for her sister who died tragically of lymphoma cancer at the age of just 39.

Regina Doig was a qualified music and language secondary school teacher. She gave her living body over to her doctors before her passing and fervently believed that with research, other lives could be saved in the future.

A familiar face to many, Vicki Doig is the former Director of the Milford Street Ipswich Kindergarten for 40 years and a proud, third-generation Ipswich resident.

Vicki is passionate about building the capability of the region through innovative research and wishes to leave a lasting legacy in her sister’s name to enrich the lives of people in the Ipswich and West Moreton community.

“I guess I never thought my sister would die of cancer. In 33 years, they have come so far in research. If she fell sick now, she may well have survived.

“This is why I want to start the Regina Doig Fund – to assist with local research.

“She was a ballet dancer, a teacher, fluent in German and French, well educated, she was musical, highly intelligent, and shy.

“She believed girls could always achieve their dreams through education and when she believed in something, she would battle for anything,” Vicki said.

With the support from the event attendees and donors, the Fund will provide much-needed assistance in funding local research by local researchers, for the benefit of the local community.

Last year many people attended the Morning Tea and donated to the Regina Doig Fund. It was an event enjoyed by all.

Those wishing to secure their seats or donate to the Regina Doig Fund please visit: https://www.ihfoundation.org.au/rdf/ or visit the Ipswich Hospital Foundation office at 1 Bell Street, Ipswich.