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Phyllis Tighe from Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Limited (WAMS) in western NSW has received the 2010 Director General's Award for Aboriginal Health. Phyllis, an Aboriginal Regional Eye Health Coordinator, is an extraordinary, selfless individual who, since 2003, has worked tirelessly to improve eye care access for Aboriginal communities in NSW. Aboriginal Health Workers like Phyllis help to bridge cultural gaps that limit access to health services for Aboriginal people, ultimately delivering better quality health care.
Phyllis commented on her achievement: "I am extremely proud to receive this award and I accept it on behalf of the communities and clients that I provide a service to."
Ms Sandra Bailey, CEO of the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council, said that Phyllis had been an invaluable Aboriginal Health Worker whose work has ensured communities under her care having regular, reliable eye care services. Ms Bailey said "Phyllis is very well deserving of this award. She, with support from the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service, has made a truly remarkable impact on the accessibility of eye services for Aboriginal people in her region."
Professor Brian Layland OAM, ICEE Director of Aboriginal Eyecare Programmes has worked closely with Phyllis for 6 years. He said, "In my knowledge, Phyllis is the longest serving NSW Regional Eye Health Coordinator. She has been one of the most successful in that she is responsible for such a large geographical area but has never failed to make herself available."
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