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December 2021

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Jo Algie

Premier’s sustainability award for paramedic

Ambulance Victoria advanced life support (ALS) paramedic and team manager Joanne Algie has been crowned the community champion in the waste reduction and the circular economy category of the 2021 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

The award is in recognition of Ambulance Victoria’s uniform recycling program which Ms Algie established two years ago.

The program recycles used uniforms, donating thousands of clothing items, work boots and dress shoes to people in need both in Australia and overseas.

‘With the help of paramedics from across the state, Gippsland community groups and a band of helpers within the Tally Ho Communication Centre in Burwood, thousands of uniform items have had their AV badges removed to enable them to be donated,’ said Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Officer Tony Walker.

‘Medical teams in Thailand and Vanuatu, Syrian refugee camps, Aboriginal school communities in the Northern Territory, Scouts Victoria, Gippsland Farmer Relief, Uniforms 4 Kids, the Salvation Army and our Surge Workforce volunteers are just some of the groups to have received the donated uniforms.

‘In 2021 alone, 15,000 items have been donated, recycled or re-homed and saved from ending up in landfill.

‘Congratulations Jo and thank you and your many helpers across the state for making AV a more environmentally friendly organisation,’ Professor Walker said.