Local Palliative Care doctor receives national award

The Far West LHD has one of the best and brightest working in its ranks with Dr Sarah Wenham who has been presented a national award for her work in palliative care.

Dr Sarah Wenham, Palliative Care Staff Specialist at Far West LHD, was presented the Excellence in Palliative Care – Rural and Remote Award at the 2019 National Palliative Care Awards. The awards were presented by Palliative Care Australia (PCA) at the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference held in Perth on Thursday, 12 September 2019.

Dr Wenham was congratulated on her well-deserved award.

“On behalf of the Far West LHD, we congratulate Sarah on this incredible achievement on a national level,” said Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer Services, Innovation (Rural) & Palliative Care, FWLHD.

“This award highlights what we already know about Sarah, in that it recognises her hard work, her dedication and outstanding contribution to palliative care locally, state-wide and also nationally,” said Ms Cumming.

“The Far West LHD and all the members of the team Sarah works with will celebrate this acknowledgement of the remarkable work Sarah does in her field.”

Dr Wenham joins four other individuals and two teams who were presented awards for their outstanding innovation, talent and teamwork in the palliative care sector.

PCA CEO Rohan Greenland congratulated all the award winners.

“We know that our sector is supported by a highly skilled and motivated workforce, including both paid employees and volunteers,” said Mr Greenland.

“Collectively, they underpin our goal to help all people diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses to live as well as possible, for as long as possible.

“The National Palliative Care Awards provide an important platform to recognise and celebrate their hard work and achievements and offers an even stronger platform and capability to continue their careers in palliative care.”

The national award caps off accolades for Dr Wenham in the Far West LHD after she won both the Medical Clinical Excellence and the Medical Leadership Excellence awards in the LHD’s Staff Recognition Awards for 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.


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