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Celebrating annual nursing and midwifery excellence

Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) recently celebrated the district Nursing and Midwifery Awards, marking a significant occasion following the International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day. This year’s event was particularly special as it saw the inaugural presentation of the Mary Chiarella Medal for Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Research.

The awards ceremony was a tribute to the dedicated work of the 5,165 nurses and midwives throughout the district. The introduction of the Mary Chiarella Medal aims to acknowledge the research achievements of a nurse or midwife within NSLHD. This accolade is intended to increase visibility for leading nursing and midwifery researchers within the district, emphasising clinical research as a vital career pathway. By doing so, it seeks to enhance patient and community outcomes across the district.

“Nurses and midwives are hardworking, intelligent professionals who save and change lives every day,” said Anthony Schembri, Chief Executive of NSLHD. “Effective nursing leadership is essential for addressing the challenges and adapting to the changing needs of healthcare delivery. Recognising excellence in our workforce is vital, and these awards allow us to do just that.”

The 2024 award winners are:

  • Gradstart of the Year:
    Tessa Emata, Mona Vale Hospital

  • Enrolled Nurse of the Year:
    Monique Sheffield, Hornsby Hospital

  • Registered Midwife of the Year:
    Gosha Gersbach, Hornsby Hospital

  • Registered Nurse of the Year:
    Madeline Hughes, Royal North Shore Hospital

  • Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Award:
    Simpy Arora, Ryde Hospital

  • EDNM Award for Excellence in Practice:
    David Boyd, Hornsby Hospital

  • Mary Chiarella Medal:
    Professor Robyn Gallagher, Northern Sydney Health Precinct

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