Photo: Wallumbilla Director of Nursing Emma Gordon – right – with Wallumbilla Hospital Auxiliary
President Evon “Joyce” Albeck and Wallumbilla Masonic Lodge Corona Branch members –
from left – William Albeck (Immediate Past Master), David Bowden (Brother) and Michael
Maloney (Worshipful Master).

Thanks to community support, Wallumbilla Community Clinic has acquired a new remote-controlled
examination chair to help in the management of patients who are elderly or mobility impaired.

The new $7500 piece of equipment was made possible thanks to the support and fundraising efforts of
the Wallumbilla Hospital Auxiliary and the Wallumbilla Masonic Lodge’s Corona Branch.

Wallumbilla Director of Nursing Emma Gordon said the auxiliary and masonic lodge had undertaken
various fundraising luncheons, raffles and other community events to help raise the money for the chair.

“The angle and height of the chair can be adjusted to suit at the press of a button and the chair can also
convert into an examination table easily and smoothly with the patient continuing to sit in it,’’ Ms Gordon
said.

“The chair has increased the comfort of each patient who uses it, especially those who are elderly and/or
mobility impaired.

“It also helps our staff minimise manual handling of patients and maintain safe working heights for
examinations.

“It’s a great piece of equipment and our nurses, doctors and other visiting clinicians already are using it
every day for a wide variety of presentations.’’

Ms Gordon said the new chair/table had been affectionately named “Big Blue’’ and now had pride of
place in the community clinic’s treatment room.

“I would like to thank the Wallumbilla Hospital Auxiliary and the Corona Branch of the local Masonic
Lodge for their efforts and support in helping us acquire this lovely piece of equipment,’’ she said.

“I would also like to thank the entire communities of Wallumbilla, Jackson and Yuleba who have always
supported all fundraising efforts for our clinic.

“It’s a sign of how supportive our little communities are.’’

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au