Practitioners abd hospitals across the nation were honoured in the annual Catholic Health Australia awards announced last night at a function in Melbourne.
Executive director of Mercy Public Hospitals, Dr Linda Mellors, was recognised with the Emerging Leader Award for her organisational turnaround of major Catholic hospitals.
Nurse of the Year award went to Sian James and Maria Field, who developed and have for many years presented a suicide prevention workshop for staff at St John of God Hospitals in Richmond and Burwood – both private psychiatric facilities in New South Wales.
Homeless to Home Healthcare is an initiative of Mater Health Services and Micah Projects in Brisbane, a program that focuses on the health and well-being of people, received the Outreach Healthcare Award.
The Leadership in Positive Ageing award went to St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne’s anaesthetics department for innovative research assessing the long-term effects of anaesthesia and surgery on older people with mild age-related loss of memory, reasoning and decision-making.
St John of God Sister Isobel Moran was given the Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award for her enduring contribution to the Catholic health and aged care community in Australia, during 60 years that has taken her from the training grounds of country Victoria to an Irish university, en route to hospitals in Western Australia, Hong Kong and Pakistan and back to Australia again.
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