Recognising special care
BLUE uniforms were replaced with glamorous attire at this year's Blue Care Staff Recognition Night, when 63 employees were honoured for reaching a career milestone of 20 years' continuous service with the not-for-profit organisation.
The awards also recognised 35 services where staff showed amazing courage, resilience and innovation during the Queensland natural disasters earlier this year, including Emerald's Blue Care Avalon Aged Care facility.
Blue Care Avalon service manager Lea Magin and clinical nurse Rose Chibanda accepted an award on behalf of staff efforts during the floods.
"Blue Care staff showed great commitment to residents, each other and the local community during the floods," Ms Magin said.
"Staff walked through floodwaters to get to work and some slept at the facility for days at a time.
"As a team, we did an exceptional job to ensure residents continued to receive high quality care during such a testing time."
Blue Care executive director Robyn Batten paid tribute to all staff at the event and made special mention of services where staff demonstrated outstanding commitment to clients and residents under extraordinary circumstances when 99% of Queensland was declared a disaster zone this year.