Meet Shane Turner
Orderly Services Supervisor
When Shane graduated from Townsville State High School, he had no idea of what pathway he would pursue.
"I was supposed to be a tiler or carpenter, like my dad and uncle, but I got too many splinters,’’ he joked.
By chance he had a mate who worked at the Mater as an Orderly and suggested he apply.
"At the time I thought it sounded pretty cool, especially when he told me he carried a pager," laughed Shane.
That was 19 years ago, and whilst the novelty of carrying a pager has well and truly worn off, Shane’s love for his job hasn’t.
I know it sounds like a cliché but helping people is very fulfilling – it makes you feel good.Shane Turner
Shane supervises a team of 20 Orderlies, whose duties are many and varied.
"We are genuine helpers,’’ he said. "We help staff, patients and visitors; and no two days are the same.’’
Over the years, Shane estimates he has met tens of thousands of people.
"I like listening, and a lot of people just need a friendly ear,’’ he said. "I know it sounds like a cliché, but helping people is very fulfilling – it makes you feel good.’’
Outside of work, Shane loves nothing better than playing doting Uncle to his Nephew. His other great love is the North Queensland Cowboys.
As a mad-keen supporter, Shane even chose to propose to his wife, Dani, during a Cowboys vs Newcastle game in 2008.