Caregiver of the year 2021

St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital is proud to announce that Physiotherapist Team Leader Tom Pawikowski has been awarded the Caregiver of the Year.

7 Oct 2021

Physio therapist with red hair holding a certificate and standing next to CEO in a suit.

Tom has worked at the hospital for over 23 years, primarily in the Day Therapy Unit where he coordinates outpatient rehabilitation therapy for patients over 65 years of age as part of the publicly funded service.

CEO Paul Dyer congratulated Tom on the well-deserved recognition.

“Tom is a champion of the physiotherapy field, not only for the incredible care he provides to his patients but for the way he supports his colleagues and advocates for the profession within the hospital, said Paul.  

“This year he was recognised for his efforts, leadership qualities and vision when he was appointed to the inaugural Team Leader position for Physiotherapy where he has continued to thrive.

“At St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital, we continue to grow and shape our rehabilitation service and the physiotherapy team under Tom’s leadership is central to the success of this dynamic service.”

The Caregiver of the Year is selected from the monthly Living Values Award winners that are presented throughout the year. Tom won this award in March 2021 and was nominated by patients and visitors who submitted the following nominations.

“Tom's professionalism and genuine care has been much appreciated. Many clients I see with Tom are often frail and unsure and nervous, or unwell. He greets them and does his job efficiently all the time, but also cares how the patients are feeling. Care and compassion are difficult to blend with busy roles but Tom's efforts are very much appreciated by them and me.”

“Tom and his team are very professional, take excellent care and go the extra yard to fix the issues, very caring and genuinely wants to help the patient.”

“I was very impressed with Tom's physio knowledge and how he explained how the program will work. I am hopeful of gaining good rehabilitation when my eight week course begins.”

“I nominated Tom as he has given me care, respect and kindness. He has gone above and beyond to help me. I am very grateful.” 

Congratulations to Tom and to all the winners of the Living Values Award throughout the past year, they include:

  • August 2021: Shail Munankarmi, Assistant in Nursing, Specialist Rehabilitation Service
  • July 2021: Smit Patel, Registered Nurse, Restorative Unit
  • June 2021: Meg Burke, Ward Clerk, Day Surgery Unit
  • May 2021: Moo Kongjak, Supervisor, Patient Food Services
  • April 2021: Rebecca Shaw, Pastoral Associate, Pastoral Services
  • February 2021: Megan Payze, Registered Nurse, Endoscopy
  • January 2021: Terry Watts, Head Orderly, Operating Theatres
  • December 2020: Virginia Familton, Registered Nurse, Endoscopy
  • November 2020: Karen Allen, Assistant in Nursing, Third Floor
  • October 2020: Greig Smith, Clinical Midwife, Family Birthing Unit
  • September 2020: Amrita Veeranah, Housekeeping Assistant, Third Floor