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National Volunteer Week 13 - 19 May 2013: Thanks a million

AMA Victoria would like to thank its many members who volunteer within our organisation.

AMA Victoria benefits greatly from the support and assistance of these members, who allow us to provide many additional services to better meet the needs of doctors. After all, AMA Victoria is all about doctors supporting doctors.

The Peer Support Service would not exist without the volunteers who take phone calls and offer support to distressed colleagues. Some of these volunteers also make themselves available to provide support to doctors undergoing prolonged periods of stress, through the Doctor Support Service. All of these volunteers remain anonymous and do not receive any public recognition for their work. They have skills of empathy and listening and provide support without giving advice or direction. They generously give back to their colleagues in this role and make an extremely valuable contribution to the profession. Thank you.

Older doctors benefit from members who volunteer to provide companionship through the Peer Visitor Program. These volunteers provide regular visits and conversation with doctors who may be feeling isolated as they age. These older doctor usually are no longer able to be directly involved in the medical profession to which they have committed many years of their lives, but they really value ongoing contact with a medical colleague. These volunteers show wonderful respect for their older colleagues. Thank you.

Our AMA Victoria archives project relies on the thorough approach taken by some of our members who trawl through paper records to ensure that the history of medicine is appropriately preserved for the future. These volunteers conscientiously pay attention to detail as they sift through old records and seek out the hidden gems. Thank you.

Our subdivision committees, our special interest group committees and our Council members are all volunteers who give up time to ensure that members are well represented and well served by the AMA. Thank you.

AMA Victoria values and appreciates all who undertake these voluntary roles and would like to say “Thanks a million” for your generous contribution to the medical profession.

For more information about volunteering with the Peer Support or Peer Visitor programs please contact Kay Dunkley at kayd@amavic.com.au or on (03) 9280 8738 (Wednesdays only).

For more information about volunteering with the archives project please contact John Milburn-Clark at johnm@amavic.com.au or on (03) 9280 8746.

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