Friday 26 May 2017

If you happened to be at Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) Wonthaggi Hospital last week and noticed that everyone seemed to have a bit more of a bounce in their step, you weren’t imagining things.


They had probably just received word that their long time volunteer Julie Kilgour had won the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards in the area of Outstanding Lifetime Achievement for her inspirational contribution to the community of Wonthaggi and surrounding areas through her work at Bass Coast Health.


Some 35 years ago, Julie underwent training with a Bass Coast Health social worker - her purpose was to assist women and children affected by domestic violence.  Julie not only assisted our vulnerable clients in need, she took them into her home providing warmth, comfort and a safe place to stay.  Julie never turned a mother or child away regardless of the time of night.  


Julie has been a founding member of the Palliative Care Volunteer Team and a mentor to other team members in this difficult and often confronting role.  She has been an acute ward volunteer for the past 18 years visiting patients and supporting them with day to day hospital life, and she is a Life Member of the Bass Coast Health Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. These days you can also find her organising morning teas for people with diabetes and revelling in her role as a member of our Volunteer Steering Committee.


BCH CEO Jan Child said “BCH is incredibly proud of Julie and she absolutely deserves to be recognised by this prestigious state-wide award.  She is a passionate woman who truly cares about people.  She is a community role model who has a zest for life, and she has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to our community, patients and our staff”.   Julie was nominated by Bass Coast Health in recognition of her 35 years of volunteering in the local community.  


Anybody interested in volunteering at Bass Coast Health should make contact with the BCH Volunteer Coordinator Mandy Gilcrist on 03 56713333 or email