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Researcher awarded 2016 Nurse/Midwife of the Year

Dr Susan Slatyer, Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, has been awarded the highest nursing accolade in Western Australia. Dr Slatyer was honoured with the 2016 Nurse/Midwife of the Year award at this year’s WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, and also took out the top honour in the Excellence in Research category.

Dr Slatyer is a Curtin graduate and has a joint appointment as a Research Fellow with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Health Minister, John Day, said Dr Slatyer was a deserving winner of the prestigious award and an outstanding ambassador for the profession.

“Dr Slatyer is a highly respected and skilled nurse researcher who engages nurses in research to ensure quality, safe and patient-centred care,” Mr Day said.

“Through education, role modelling and mentoring, Dr Slatyer is helping fellow nurses to better understand the important role research plays in improving patient care.”

Dr Susan Slatyer was awarded Western Australia's 2016 Nurse/Midwife of the Year.
Dr Susan Slatyer was awarded Western Australia's 2016 Nurse/Midwife of the Year.

Dr Slatyer did her PhD on pain management in hospital, and her joint appointment with Curtin University and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital ensures her research is informed by the clinical experience of her medical colleagues and the families who utilise the health service.

Dr Slatyer has a particular interest in how palliative care is delivered in an acute setting. Other areas of research interest include the transition of older people in acute care back to the community, especially those with dementia, the wellbeing of nurses and a post discharge phone service for older people who come out of short stay care.

Professor Phillip Della and Dr Slatyer at the award ceremony.
Professor Phillip Della, Head of School, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, and Dr Slatyer at the awards ceremony.

Category winners were chosen from a field of 34 finalists from across Western Australia’s public and private health sector. The awards were held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 7 May 2016, and the event was hosted to coincide with International Day of the Midwife which is celebrated annually on 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May.