Remote Health Pioneer Retires

3 February, 2012

Having contributed to the health and wellbeing of Territorians for more than thirty years, Central Australian identity Margie McLean has decided to pass on the baton.

With a career spanning four decades and across three states, finishing up in the Barkly as Area Service Manager for the Department of Health's Remote Health division, Margie was farewelled at a special morning tea today, attended by many of her colleagues and clients from her time with the Department of Health.  

General Manager for Central Australia Remote Health Services, Peter Frendin remarked on the valuable contribution she has made to remote healthcare in the NT.

"Since commencing her remote health career at Victoria River Downs Station, Margie worked in a range of clinical and management roles, including helping to develop and implement the Primary Care Information System (PCIS) that is in use today," he said.

"Her contributions to the health and wellbeing of Territorians, and in particular Indigenous people, has been significant and her skills and knowledge amassed over such a long and varied career are revered."

Margie's latest achievement was just a week ago on Australia Day when she was named Elliott's Citizen of the Year for her contribution to health and the community.

"Margie has been a tireless worker for the Barkly people, sitting on numerous local community advisory boards and committees including a period as an elected member of the Elliott Local Community Government Council from 2005 to 2008," Mr Frendin said

"She is well known for her commitment and passion towards Aboriginal employment and training and has been a champion of the Aboriginal Health Worker profession."

 Other career highlights for Margie McLean include:

  • Ministerial appointment to Women's Advisory Council of NT 1990-1992
  • Member of Steering Committee for Aboriginal Health Worker Career Structure and Competencies 1992-1993
  • Ministerial appointment to Board of Menzies School of Health 1995-2000
  • NT Chief Ministers Women's Achievement award for work in Remote Communities in the Barkly 2000
  • Appointment to committee to oversee development of National Competencies for Remote Area Nurses 2005-2006
  • NT Australia Day Award Achiever of the Year 2007
  • NT Remote Area Nurse of the Year and NT National finalist in HESTA Nurse of the Year 2007
  • Nomination for Living Legend Award in NT Nurse of the Year awards 2011

Mr Frendin thanked Mrs McLean for her many achievements and wished her well in her retirement.

"Margie's boundless passion for a job well done and dedication to improving the lives of Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people and particularly the people of the Barkly Region is the legacy she leaves behind," he said.

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