Nurses and Midwives Acknowledged for Excellence

NT Health

Northern Territory nurses and midwives have been recognised tonight in Darwin at the 2021 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards in a year of record nominations.

More than 140 nominations were received across nine categories recognising the outstanding efforts of nurses and midwives from all over the Territory over the past 12 months.

The 2021 gala event recognised both finalists and overall winners for 2020 and 2021, after the 2020 awards were postponed due to COVID-19.

All nurses and midwives who hold a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and are employed in the Northern Territory at the time of nomination or within 12 months of nomination are eligible for the annual awards.

The 2020 and 2021 winners of the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards are:

New to Practice Nurse/Midwife of the Year

2020 Matilda Starbuck, Yuendumu Health Clinic, Central Australia Health Service

2021 Samantha Symons, Graduate Registered Nurse – ICU, Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australia Health Service

Flinders University Award for Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery Education

2020 Naomi Morrick – Clinical Nurse Educator, Intensive Care Unit, Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australia Health Service

2021 Anija Mathew, Acting Clinical Nurse Educator, Rehabilitation Ward, Palmerston Regional Hospital, Top End Health Service

Charles Darwin University’s Award Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery Research/Quality Improvement

2020 Eva Williams – CQI Facilitator, Primary Health Care, Top End Health Service

2021 Peter Nihill, Clinical Improvement Analyst, Primary Health Care, Top End Health Service

Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery Leadership

2020 Renae Daniel, Director of Nursing, Katherine Hospital, Top End Health Service

2021 Emma Childs, Nurse Management Consultant – Public Health, Top End Health Service

Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery Aboriginal Health

2020 Heather Andrews, Chronic Disease Co-Ordinator, Julanimwu Health Centre

2021 Christine Becker, Nurse Clinical Coordinator (Remote Child & Family Health), Remote Outreach Public and Primary Health Care, Central Australia Health Service

Team Award for Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery

2020 Oncology Unit, Alice Spring Hospital, Central Australia Health Service

2021 Rehabilitation Ward, Palmerston Regional Hospital, Top End Health Service

Client Appreciation Award for Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery

2020 Tarrant Tolatta, Registered Nurse, Emergency Department Katherine District Hospital, Top End Health Service

2021 Lynne Hurley, Mental Health Nurse, Top End Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Service

NT Administrator’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nursing/Midwifery

2020 Margaret Brennan, Clinical Nurse Manager Ward 2A Royal Darwin Palmerston Hospital, Top End Health Service

2021 Rosemary Gaston, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Perioperative, Royal Darwin Hospital, Top End Health Service

Nurse/Midwife of the Year

2020 Jane Napier, A/Midwife Education Coordinator, Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australia Health Service

2021 Lisa Vermeulen, Director Howard Springs Quarantine Facility, Population and Primary Health Care, Top End Health Service

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