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Mark Farmer Memorial Award 2013 ABOUT MARK FARMER Mark Farmer was a member of Hepatitis Victoria who demonstrated a strong commitment to self management. Before he became very ill following a liver transplant in 2008 he exercised regularly, abstained from drinking alcohol, concentrated on eating well, and regularly attended the Hepatitis Victoria Support Group. Mark Farmer was a member of Hepatitis Victoria for over eight years. In 2003 he took this a step further and became a member of the Hepatitis Victoria Board. Importantly Mark brought his personal experience of living with hepatitis C, and that was of great benefit to the Board. He was active, committed and a highly valued Board member. Mark was also prepared to talk to the media at a time when there was incredible difficulty finding people with viral hepatitis who were prepared to be publicly identified. This was an indication of his determination to see issues related to stigma and discrimination improve for all people affected by viral hepatitis. His other contribution was as a long term member of our monthly Support Group. Sadly, Mark passed away on Monday 18th May 2009. This award is an appropriate way of acknowledging his achievements and commitment in an ongoing and meaningful way.

ABOUT THE AWARD Hepatitis Victoria recognises, celebrates, supports and appreciates the commitment, effort and achievements of individuals living with viral hepatitis through the Mark Farmer Memorial Award. This Award provides Hepatitis Victoria with an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and celebrate individuals with viral hepatitis who have: • Shared their knowledge and experience to help others in the community • Increased community knowledge and understanding of viral hepatitis • Demonstrated positive use of self management principles in their daily life Nominees should have made noteworthy contribution during the current year to the effective self management of their condition and/or given outstanding service in promoting self management awareness to people living with or at risk of viral hepatitis. The award winner will be invited to the Hepatitis Victoria Annual General Meeting to receive the award. They will have the opportunity to be featured in an article in Good Liver magazine and, if they wish, a media release to their local paper. (Note: media participation is not a condition of the award).


Mark Farmer Memorial Award NOMINATION FORM Your name: Contact details: Email:

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The person you would like to nominate for the Award: Nominee’s name: Contact details: Email:

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Please give us some information about the person you are nominating. In what way have they demonstrated self management principles, shared their knowledge and increased community understanding of viral hepatitis? (Please attach a separate sheet of paper if you require more writing space).

Nominations for the Award will be assessed by an independent selection panel. The winner of the Award will be announced at the Hepatitis Victoria Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22 October, 2013. You can make your nomination by completing this nomination form by Friday 20 September 2013 and returning it to:

Hepatitis Victoria Suite 5, 200 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056 Fax: (03) 9380 4688 Email: admin@hepvic.org.au More information call Garry Sattell on the Infoline 1800 703 003 (freecall) or visit www.hepvic.org.au

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