It was a double celebration for our Dubbo lab the week before Christmas.
Diane Bennett is retiring from NSW Health Pathology Dubbo after 28 years.
Diane has been the Senior Scientist of Microbiology at Dubbo since 2015 and is retiring at the end of 2022.
Known to her colleagues as a ‘micro guru’, she says she most enjoys knowing that she has made a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
“You’re not just a machine pumping out results,” she said.
“Sometimes you come up with rare things, and you find hidden gems; the zebra among the horses.”
Pictured with her is David Parler, who has been working at Dubbo as an assistant for two days per week for the past 20 years.
Every year the Dubbo staff put together a Christmas hamper for David, who considers the lab a significant part of his life and the staff part of his extended family.
This year was the first year since the COVID pandemic the staff could come together and present this hamper to David personally. He said he was thrilled to receive this generous gift.
Diane Bennett says she plans to use her retirement to travel around Australia, including seeing family and friends in Western Australia.
Best of luck with the coming adventure Diane and thank you from all of us at NSW Health Pathology!