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WA Nursing and Midwifery Awards

May marks the month for nurses and midwives! Midwives and international nurses are celebrated on 5 May and 12 May respectively and, in Western Australia, the premier event for the industry is the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.


Dr Fenella Gill receiving her award from Robina Redknap North Metropolitan Health Service.
Dr Fenella Gill receiving her award from Robina Redknap North Metropolitan Health Service.

Over the years, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (SoNMP) has featured many notable nurses and midwives who have been recognised at the awards. Honours include the lifetime achievement award (Professor Keryln Carville, Janice Butt and Emeritus Professor Robin Watts), Nurse/Midwife of the Year (Pam Morey), Consumers’ Appreciation (Mary Tallon), Midwifery (Pauline Costins), Nurse Researcher of the Year (Dr Rose Chapman, Dr Jennifer Prentice, Professor Judith Finn, Professor Gavin Leslie, Dr Janie Brown, Dr Susan Slatyer).

In 2016, Dr Susan Slatyer (Senior Research Fellow SoNMP and Sir Charles Gardner Hospital) also went on to be awarded WA Nurse/Midwife of the Year. At this year’s awards ceremony, held at the Perth Convention Centre on Saturday 6 May, Susan finalised her year with a moving address on the honour and inspiration the award had been to her. Susan continues to develop as an emerging researcher in older persons care in the acute care sector, with a number of successful competitive and industry grants.

Asleigh Joy receiving her award from Prof Anne Williams Murdoch University.
Asleigh Joy receiving her award from Professor Anne Williams, Murdoch University.

At this year’s awards a Curtin SoNMP staff member, past PhD graduate and National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellow, Dr Fenella Gill, was awarded Nurse Researcher of the Year. Fenella has an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow in the school and is a nurse researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital, and is looking forward to the new Perth Children’s Hospital. In her acceptance speech, Fenella highlighted the anticipation staff felt in moving to the new hospital. Fenella’s most recent research interests have focussed on early recognition of the deteriorating child and the science of research translation.

We are also proud to announce one of our 2015 graduates, Ashleigh Joy, was successful in receiving the WA Graduate Nurse/Midwife of the Year. Ashleigh was nominated by her colleagues in the Operating Suite at Osborne Park Hospital for her ‘leadership qualities’ and ‘old fashioned values mixed with new advanced thinking and knowledge’; attributes developed from a strong foundation learning in her undergraduate degree. Ashleigh joins other graduates of the year who are now staff with us, including Brooke Jones and Sarah Sheehan.

The school is delighted to have such a strong group of inspiring nurses and midwives on staff, with a tradition of leading researchers, and congratulate Fenella and Ashleigh on their most recent achievements.

Contributed by: Gavin D Leslie, Director Research Training, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine