Kim Gosman, a retired nurse and health leader, who for decades has combined volunteer work with her professional career, was yesterday honoured as Health Volunteer of the Year.
Other health professional volunteers honoured included Dr Assil Russell, founder of the Revive a Smile dental charity, who won the Youth Health Volunteer Individual Award; Pacific Nurse Sonya Apa Temata, who won the Pacific Health Volunteer Individual award for her work both here and across the Pacific; Māori midwife Jean Te Huia, who was runner-up for Māori Health Volunteer Individual award for her work as voluntary CEO for Ngā Maia o Aotearoa Māori Midwives; and wound care nurse consultant Pam Mitchell, a longstanding member of the New Zealand Wound Care Society, who was a runner-up in the Long Service awards.
Gosman who was born in 1936 of Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa and Ngāti Tautahi descent, has been doing volunteer work since 1974.
Health Minister Dr David Clark said the judges were impressed by the depth and range of Gosman’s volunteering work over 44 years and the impact it has had on improving Māori health outcomes in particular.
“I would like to thank Kim for her contribution to the health and wellbeing of others. Her commitment at a strategic level and to training and mentoring new staff has enabled the expansion of frontline health services and improved health accessibility for Māori in the Lakes District Health Board region,” he said.
Gosman trained as a registered nurse in Wellington Hospital in the mid-1950s and later trained as a registered midwife and Plunket nurse. As a foundation tutor at Whitireia’s School of Nursing in the 1980s, she began undertaking papers in Māori Studies and learned te reo Māori. She also stepped up her volunteer work in firstly Porirua and later Turangi, where she was the inaugural managing director and chief executive of Tuwharetoa Health Services.
Her voluntary work has included maternity services, marae-based ear health clinics, and extended and improved development of a wide range of health services. She is described by Lakes District Health Board as being a champion of improving Māori health outcomes and reducing inequalities.
Clark presented the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards in Parliament yesterday to mark National Volunteer Week and congratulated all those recognised as outstanding achievers.
Health Care Provider Service Team Volunteers Awards
Winner – Servants Health Centre Volunteers, Dunedin
Runner-up – Waitemata District Health Board Volunteer Team
Runner-up – Nelson Hospital Buggy Service
Health Care Provider Service Individual Awards
Winner – Darren Best, Blenheim
Runner-up – Shubra Shrotriya, Auckland DHB
Runner-up – Trevor Anderson, Greenlane Clinical Centre, Auckland
Community or NGO Health Service Team Awards
Joint Winner – Te Aroha Community Transport Service
Joint winner – IHC Volunteering Programme
Community or NGO Health Service Individual Awards
Winner – Irene Pringle, Alzheimers Manawatu
Runner-up – Janice Sherborne, South Canterbury Stroke Club
Māori Health Volunteer Team Award
Winner – Ka Pai Kai Rotorua Charitable Trust
Māori Health Volunteer Individual Awards
Winner – Kim Gosman, Turangi
Runner-up – Mac Renata, Canterbury Respiratory Consumer Working Group
Runner-up – Jean Te Huia, volunteer CEO for Nga Maia o Aotearoa Māori Midwives.
Pacific Health Volunteer Team Award
Winner – Tangata Toa volunteers, Porirua
Pacific Health Volunteer Individual Awards
Winner – Sonya Apa Temata, Pacific nurse
Runner-up – Elisapeta Pivac, Auckland
Runner-up – Asenati Rowell, Waikato
Youth Health Volunteer Team Award
Winner – Youth Advisory Group, Skylight Trust
Youth Health Volunteer Individual Awards
Winner – Dr Assil Russell, Revive a Smile dental charity
Runner-up – Samuel Wat, Recreate New Zealand
Runner-up – Amelia King, Recreate New Zealand
Long Service Awards
Winner – Marjorie White, Friends of Darfield Hospital
Runner-up – Kevin Sweeney, driver for Midlands mobile breast screening unit
Runner-up – Pam Mitchell, wound care nurse consultant and member of NZ Wound Care Society
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