Researchers honoured at annual meeting
Two Curtin researchers, Dr Fenella Gill and Professor Gavin Leslie from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, were honoured for their contributions to the College of Australian Critical Care Nurses (ACCN) at the recent Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth.
Dr Gill, whose involvement with the college has spanned more than 20 years and included many leadership roles was awarded a Life Membership.
Dr Gill’s PhD work has provided a definition for the Australian critical care nurse ‘qualification’, and minimum practice standards for critical care nurse education. Her work is being translated into an ACCCN position statement on postgraduate critical care nurse education to enable dissemination to all Australian course providers. Dr Gill has also been appointed as an editor to the college’s journal Australian Critical Care.
Dr Gill’s current research interests include knowledge translation and parents’ experiences and involvement in hospital, and she was awarded an ACCCN research grant to extend her work at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Professor Gavin Leslie, already a life member of the college, was further recognised for his 16-year-contribution to the journal Australian Critical Care, as Editor in Chief. During this period, Professor Leslie led the journal to be ranked 2nd in the speciality of critical care nursing, and 30 out of 116 in the Nursing Web of Science code internationally.
Professor Leslie has stepped down from his role, and was awarded an inaugural ACCCN Lifetime Service Award. In addition, a college award has been named ‘The Gavin Leslie Best Nursing Review Paper’ in his honour.