Graphic: Belinda Latham in White Cliffs
The efforts of Belinda Latham - a Far West Area Health Service nurse who first started working at Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern (RFDS SE) Section's White Cliffs clinic in 1999 – were praised by the service's CEO Greg Sam during a recent visit to the town.
After speaking with the local health council, Mr Sam said a very special thanks to Belinda.
"Belinda often goes above and beyond to help us and the White Cliffs community so we wanted to present her with a small token of our appreciation," Mr Sam said.
"The Certificate of Appreciation I presented Belinda with is in recognition of her hard work and ongoing commitment to delivering improved health outcomes in remote, rural and regional communities."
Dressing wounds, collecting patients from homes, driving community members to Broken Hill for specialist appointments and caring for clinic gardens are just some of the many tasks Belinda undertakes.
"When nobody else is available, Belinda also does roo runs on most clinic days, cleans the clinic and stops and starts the generator when power fails," Mr Sam said.
"She's licensed to drive an ambulance, has been a member of the State Emergency Service (SES) for more than 10 years and organises fundraisers for important causes.
"Belinda is a community icon and without people like her, services like the RFDS wouldn't be the same."