Two local nurses and a midwife finalists in state Excellence Awards

Two nurses and a midwife from the Far West Local Health District are among 43 statewide finalists nominated for the 2019 NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

The finalists have been selected from nominations in 12 categories which recognise nurses and midwives who have made a difference in clinical practice, research, management and leadership.

The Far West LHD finalists are:

Helen Murphy from Balranald Multipurpose Service (Far West LHD) is a finalist in the Excellence in Nursing – Enrolled Nurse category.

Helen commenced with the Far West LHD in 2008 as an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse at Balranald Multipurpose Service. Helen has proven herself to be a valued member at this remote site and provides person centred care for her patients. She is respected by her peers and demonstrates a positive and compassionate attitude to everything she undertakes. Her knowledge and passion for her job empowers the staff to maintain the excellent standards of care our patients receive.

Donna Ellis from Broken Hill Health Service (Far West LHD) is a finalist in the Excellence in Midwifery – Registered Midwife category.

Donna commenced working for the Far West LHD as a new graduate RN in 2010 and went to complete the MidStart Program and is now a Clinical Midwifery Specialist. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the MGP program at Broken Hill Health Service, she demonstrates highly development leadership and communication skills and fulfills the roles and responsibilities in a professional and women centred way.

Frank Oates from Broken Hill Health Service (Far West LHD) is a finalist in the Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare category.

Frank Oates is currently employed as an EN in the Medical Unit at Broken Hill Health Service. And has been employed in FWLHD since 2002. Frank is a valued and respected team member within the unit and community. Frank has demonstrated a passion and commitment to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait island people through being an active and hardworking member on various projects. He promotes and educates others on Aboriginal culture and assist them with being culturally competent and appropriate when providing care to Aboriginal people within our community.

Timothy O’Neill, Acting Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery, FWLHD, said the awards recognise the contribution and dedication of nurses and midwives working in the NSW public health system.

“These awards are an opportunity to honour nurses and midwives across NSW who go above and beyond and make a real difference not only within their teams but, most importantly, to the care they provide to patients,” said Mr O’Neill.

Health professionals across the state nominated nurses and midwives working in the NSW public health system for 11 of the award categories.

Members of the public living in NSW were eligible to vote for the Consumer Appreciation Award, the 12th category, which recognises nurses and midwives who demonstrate outstanding patient care and support of families and carers.

Over 53,000 nurses and midwives are working in full-time and part-time positions in NSW Health hospitals and health services.

The NSW Government is investing $2.8 billion to recruit 8,300 extra frontline staff over the next four years, including an additional 5000 more nurses and midwives.

For more information on the 2019 Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards click here.


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