New physios at The Friendlies

New physios welcomed at The Friendlies

The Friendlies have welcomed three new physiotherapists who joined the Allied Health team this week as recent graduates. Ronnie Erasmus (pictured right) is from the Bundaberg Region and completed his studies at CQU, while Liam Bolton and Ashleigh Raulinaitis came from Brisbane after studying at ACU and Griffith respectively. Allied Health team leader Sara Atkinson welcomed the trio and said it was fantastic to have three new enthusiastic staff on board. “There’s a nationwide shortage of allied health professionals, andMore
Friendlies Foundation Coordinator Julie Anderson presenting the new companions to Unit Five Nurse Unit Manager Donna Habermann.

New interactive pets and dolls to aid cognitively impaired patients

Patients at The Friendlies Hospital with cognitive impairment now have special new companions thanks to a very generous donation from The Friendlies Foundation. The interactive cat and dog along with a lifelike weighted newborn baby doll can provide comfort as well as stimulate memories for patients with cognitive impairment. Director of Clinical Services and Patient Safety, Sandy Blake, has seen first- hand the benefits that interactive pets and dolls can bring to patients. Sandy has worked with Unit Five NurseMore
Graduate nurses

New nurses start their careers at The Friendlies

The Friendlies have welcomed their biggest-ever cohort of new registered nurses, with 14 graduates starting this month. The 12 women and two men have begun with induction sessions led by clinical facilitator Rebecca Grimes, becoming familiar with the hospital and meeting nurse unit managers. Director of Clinical Services and Patient Safety, Sandy Blake, said it was fantastic to have a diverse and enthusiastic group join the organisation. “It’s really exciting for me to welcome these new graduates,” Sandy said. “It’sMore
New uniforms

New uniforms provide colour and functionality

Vibrant colours and functional materials are features of the new Friendlies uniforms for hospital and pharmacy staff. Uniforms at The Friendlies are reviewed every five years to refresh the design and align with corporate branding and industry best practice. Chief operating officer Andrew Smith said a staff committee had researched the new uniforms and consulted with employees over several months. Andrew thanked everyone for their input and creativity. “The committee took a good look at the requirements of various rolesMore
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