- 11 outstanding Western Australian nurses and midwives honoured
- Winners selected from a competitive field of 28 finalists
A specialist palliative care nurse who introduced mobile video conferencing, to enable patients to remain at home during the final stages of their care, has been named Western Australia's 2018 Nurse/Midwife of the Year.
Brett Hayes, a Clinical Nurse Manager of Palliative Care in the Wheatbelt, also took top honour in the Excellence in Rural and Remote Health category at last night's WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.
Brett's commitment to providing best-practice palliative care has made him a role model for other nurses, and resulted in the development of a TelePalliative Care Service, whose clients were four times more likely to fulfil their wish to die at home.
This year was the 15th WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (WANMEA), which is hosted annually to coincide with International Day of the Midwife on May 5 and International Nurses Day on May 12.
Overall, the awards recognised 11 category winners, chosen from a field of 28 finalists from across Western Australia's public and private health and education sectors.
The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Honour was presented to Professor Phillip Della, Curtin University's Head of School Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.
Over his 40-year career, Professor Della has been a trailblazer - as Western Australia's first Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, where he created new career pathways for nurses and midwives and oversaw the creation of the Nurse Practitioner role in Western Australia, before moving to the academic environment.
The full list of WANMEA winners can be found at http://www.wanmea.com.au
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards provide Western Australians with an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the approximately 38,000 nurses and midwives across the State working in private, public and non-government sectors.
"Nurses and midwives play a critical role in the State's health system and are at the forefront of ensuring compassionate, safe and cost effective care to the people of Western Australia.
"I congratulate all winners and finalists and thank them for their constant commitment to driving innovation within their professions.
"This year's finalists come from all levels of experience and from a range of work and practice environments.
"They were nominated by their colleagues and patients as exemplary nurses and midwives who are making a significant difference to their professions, their organisations and to the health of Western Australians."
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