Far West LHD Palliative Care Physician a finalist in national awards

A Palliative Care Physician at Far West LHD will be sharing the stage with the best across the nation as a finalist in the National Palliative Care Awards.

Far West LHD Specialist Palliative Care Physician Dr Sarah Wenham has been named as a finalist in Palliative Care Australia’s National Palliative Care Awards for 2019.

Dr Wenham is a finalist for the Individual Award – Excellence in Palliative Care – Rural and Remote. She joins two other finalists – Michelle McClure, Albany Community Hospice and Ingrid Plug, Albany Community Hospice.

The Excellence in Palliative Care – Rural and Remote award recognises a person who has made significant contributions to palliative care in a rural and remote area. Characteristics of excellence include innovative practice, support and passion for working in rural and remote areas, mentorship of others, teamwork and respect for others. Rural and remote practitioners are connected and trusted within their communities. The recipient of this award will show excellent service as a palliative care practitioner and a champion for others to work in rural or remote areas.

“This nomination is fantastic news for Sarah and the Far West LHD,” said Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer Services, Innovation (Rural) & Palliative Care, FWLHD.

“We know that Sarah is a wonderful specialist palliative care physician and to have that recognised on a national stage is simply fantastic,” said Ms Cumming.

“In everything she does, Sarah will also want to acknowledge the team she works with, as all members of the team do a remarkable job. But this award is to acknowledge her contribution, and we look forward to celebrating this remarkable achievement with her.”

The news is hot on the heels of Dr Wenham winning both the Medical Clinical Excellence and the Medical Leadership Excellence award in the Staff Recognition Awards at the FWLHD’s annual Health Innovation Award Ceremony on Friday, 2 August 2019.

Dr Wenham also presented on a team project ‘Far West Palliative Approach Framework’ at the awards which won top honours in the Eagle (Large Project) category and also shared the People’s Choice award with another project.

The Palliative Care Australia’s National Palliative Care Awards for 2019 winners will be announced at a gala dinner awards ceremony at their National Conference in Perth in September.

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