Lismore Base Hospital has been honoured for its support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves.

Lismore Base Hospital was one of 56 NSW employers honoured at a ceremony on board HMAS Darwin at Garden Island.

The event organised by the NSW Committee of the Defence Reserves Support Council, recognised employers who have supported their Reservist employees with workplace policies that allow them to render Defence service.

The Employer of the Year was presented to Lismore Base Hospital, with State Awards presented to: NSW Police Force Hunter Valley Area Command, NSW TAFE Hunter Institute, OOCL (Australia) Pty Ltd, and Diprinzio & Cosetlini Pty Ltd (Broadmeadow).

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, Mike Kelly, congratulated the employers, saying: “Our Reserve forces significantly enhance Defence capability particularly their support of current operations. Without the generous assistance of employers such as those represented at the awards it would not be possible for many Reservists to be released from their full time occupations.”

To be eligible for an Employer Support Award, organisations need to have a supportive leave policy in place and have released their employees for an extended period of Reserve Service. Awards are presented in the categories of Government, Large Private Enterprise, Medium Private Enterprise and Small Private Enterprise.

Rear Admiral Graeme Shirtley, Surgeon General for the ADF, representing Dr Kelly, presented the Employer of The Year Award to Lismore Base Hospital. In presenting the award, RADM Shirtley praised the commitment that the Northern Rivers Area Health Services, and in particular, Lismore Base Hospital had shown to the ADF Reserves.