Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Busselton nurse best in State

    11/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Busselton nurse Liz Bickley has been named Western Australia’s nurse/midwife of the year for her important work helping people dying of terminal illnesses get the best possible care.


    Health Minister Jim McGinty said Mrs Bickley’s care had ensured a peaceful and supportive environment for many patients in the last few days of their lives.


    “This award recognises Mrs Bickley’s dedication and commitment as the Palliative Care Co-ordinator of the Busselton Hospice, as well as the essential role nurses and midwives play in the health system,” Mr McGinty said.


    “Mrs Bickley co-ordinates palliative care in the home, hospital and hospice for more than 70 people in the Busselton and Margaret River region each year and is supported by a dedicated team of local staff and 85 Silver Chain volunteers.


    “She is actively involved with the Palliative Care Network, co-ordinates the annual Hospice South-West conference and organises ongoing education for GPs and nurses.


    “Nurses and midwives are the lifeblood of our health system and making sure WA continues to retain and recruit the number of nurses and midwives who will be required is a key Government priority.” 


    The Minister said more than 150 nurses and midwives from across the State had been nominated in 18 awards categories for the 2008 Western Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.


    The awards, run by the Nurses and Midwives Board of WA, recognise excellence within the nursing and midwifery professions and acknowledge the contribution they make to the community of WA.


    Mrs Bickley, who started work at Fremantle Hospital in 1975, said being nominated for an award was one of the highlights of her career.


    “I see the difference that quality support and a caring environment can make for people who are dying and for their families and friends,” she said.


    Mrs Bickley, who won the Rural and Remote Care Registered Nurse/Midwife category, received prizes to the total of $3,000.  Each category winner receives $1,000.


    The winners and their categories were:


    ·      Jenni Lush of Hamersley, who works at Hollywood Private Hospital (Metro Acute Care Enrolled Nurse);

    ·      Morag Nelson of Mullaloo, who works at Osborne Park Hospital (Residential and Aged Care Enrolled Nurse);

    ·      Julie Smith of Rivervale, who works at Armana Living, St Georges Home (Residential and  Aged Care Registered Nurse);

    ·      Liz Bickley of Busselton, who works at Busselton Hospice Care (Rural and Remote Care Registered Nurse/Midwife);

    ·      Cathie Gillzan of Cue, who works at Cue Nursing Post  (Rural and Remote Care Enrolled Nurse);

    ·      Sara Bayes of Bateman, who works at Curtin University/King Edward Memorial Hospital (Research);

    ·      Tracy Martin of Ferndale, who works at King Edward Memorial Hospital (Emerging Leader);

    ·      Sharon Burke of Currumbine, who works at Osborne Park Hospital (Education);

    ·      Rhonda Marriott of Barragup, who works at Murdoch University (Indigenous Nurse/Midwife);

    ·       Jessie Bosenburg of Woodlands, who works at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco (Graduate Registered Nurse of the Year);

    ·      Dolly Douglas of Pearsall, who works at Hollywood Private Hospital (Graduate Enrolled Nurse of the Year);

    ·       Lisa Nicolaou of Greenwood, who works at King Edward Memorial Hospital (Graduate Midwife of the Year);

    ·       Alison Johnstone of Willetton, who works at St John of God Hospital, Murdoch (Preceptor);

    ·       Di Tomlinson of Donnybrook, who works at WA Country Health Service, Bunbury (Community Nurse/Midwife);

    ·      Sandra Denison of Pearsall, who works at Royal Perth Hospital, Shenton Park (Community Appreciation Metropolitan);

    ·      Linda Conway of Hyden, who works at Silver Chain, Remote Area Health (Community Appreciation Rural and Remote);

    ·      Tania McWilliams of Kinross, who works at Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital (Metro Acute Care Registered Nurse); and

    ·      Claire Henderson of Tapping, who works at King Edward Memorial Hospital (Metro Acute Care Midwife)


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