Maureen Kimber

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Maureen Kimber. She epitomised the spirit of the Friendlies, she truly reflected a servant’s heart and her involvement with the Friendlies was well known throughout Bundaberg. In her teens, Maureen joined the Junior Protestant Alliance Lodge, and in due course, she rose to be its first-ever Grand Mistress in a time when only men ever rose to that exalted position. Her Lodge life naturally led to an involvement in The Friendlies, andMore

The Friendlies 8th annual Awards Evening

The Friendlies was proud to recognise the hard work of people within the organisation at the eighth annual Friendlies Awards Evening, on Friday, March 12. Close to 300 people attended the annual event that acknowledged the excellent work of many across the organisation from the hospital, pharmacy and physiotherapy and allied health. The Friendlies awards night recognised the years of service staff have worked from 10, 15, 20, 25 and even 30 years. In addition, there were 27 individual andMore
Dr Michael Gruchy

Dr Michael Gruchy

In the fifties and sixties, if you mentioned The Friendlies Doctors in Bundaberg, everyone would know exactly who you were talking about. It came about in the early fifties when the General Committee decided to set up its own GP clinic.  But to offer the service The Friendlies had to source suitable doctors willing to work on contract.  At the time the AMA was strongly opposed to allowing salaried doctors, as opposed to independent fee for service doctors, so theMore
FSPH Specialists Cardiology

World Heart Day

World Heart Day is held annually on the 29th of September, which highlights the importance of looking after your heart health.  Bundaberg Cardiologist, Dr Andre Conradie said fighting against heart disease is an important cause as it is the single leading cause of death in Australia. Each day, an average of 21 Australians die from a heart attack. One patient is admitted to an Australian hospital with a heart attack every nine minutes*. Part of managing Heart Disease is knowingMore
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