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Shane Turner

Meet Shane Turner 
Orderly Services Supervisor 

When Shane graduated from Townsville State High School he had no idea what career to chase.


"I was supposed to be a tiler or carpenter like my dad and uncle but I got too many splinters doing work experience making furniture,’’ he joked.


By chance he had a mate who worked at the Mater as an orderly and suggested he should apply.
"He told me you got to carry a pager. It sounded pretty cool so I applied,’’ he said.

That was 19 years ago and while 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.’’

No two days are the same for an orderly.

"That’s what I love. You don’t do the same thing every day,’’ Shane said.

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 dotting uncle to his much-loved five-year-old nephew.  

Shane’s other great love is the North Queensland Cowboys.


As a mad keen supporter, Shane even chose to propose to his now-wife Dani during a Cowboys vs Newcastle game in 2008.

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