2019 Nursing and Midwifery Award winners

Nurses and midwives across South Eastern Sydney Local Health District were recognised and awarded for their invaluable work, as part of the 2019 International Nurses and Midwives Day celebrations.

Prince of Wales Hospital:

2019 Nurse of the Year: Sarah Dunn Dickson Building 4 (Infectious Diseases)

Heart of Caring Nursing: Jane Stedman 10 West Haematology

Inspirational Leadership: Lisa Graaf Dickson Building 2N Orthopaedics 

Clinical Innovation and Research: Lisa Nealon Dickson Building 2N Orthopaedics 

Nursing Team: Adult ICU and DB4 (Infectious Diseases)

Nurse Wellbeing Innovator Award: Briony Van Galen Acute Stroke Unit


Sydney / Sydney Eye Hospital:

Nurse of the Year: Jane Barr Acting Nurse Unit Manager Day Procedure Unit

Most Respected Team Member (PACU/Anaesthetics): Stacy Guo Registered Nurse (RN)

Most Respected Team Member (Scrub/Scout - Theatres): Val Abaraca Enrolled Nurse (EN)

Most Respected Team Member (Day Procedure Unit): Gillian Jackson RN

Most Respected Team Member (OPD): Bernie Hanratty RN

Most Respected Team Member (NERLU): Habi Muhiddin

Most Respected Team Member (2 East): Jean Binwag RN

Most Respected Team Member (1 East): Charms Carabana A/NUM

Most Respected Team Member (Emergency Dept): Deb Le RN

Most Respected Team Member (2 West) : Lucie McKechnie

Most Respected Team Member (Nursing Admin Services): Louise Dunne

Acts of Kindness: Eddie Gorman (2 West) - RN

The Joyce Rodmell Nursing Scholarship: Pinidiya (Roshain) Perera (Acting CNE PACU/Anaesthetics)


Royal Hospital for Women:

Nurse of the Year: Brigitte Beswick Newborn Care

Midwife of the Year: Jacqui Andrews Birthing Services

Team of the Year: Delivery Suite

Coll Fisher Scholarship: Naomi Ford Clinical Midwife Consultant, Maternity Antenatal Postnatal Service model


Sutherland Hospital:

Exemplar Award: Elham Almasi Clinical Nurse Consultant Aged Care Assessment Unit

Outstanding Contribution to Others: Christopher Finlayson Registered Midwife Maternity Services

Heart of Caring: Srijana Budhathoki RN Cooinda Ward

Team of the Year: Southcare Community Nursing Team

Transition to Professional Practice (TPP) Nurse: Jake McDonald RN PeriOperative Unit

Preceptor Award: Antonio Bicos RN Yarrabee Ward


St George Hospital Award Winners:

Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award: Ross Handley Nurse Unit Manager

Exceptional Leadership Award: Ross Handley Nurse Unit Manager

Excellence in Clinical Practice Award: Zorica Rajchinoski Clinical Nurse Educator

Transitional Nurse of the Year Award: Elouise Mo Registered Nurse        

Graduate Midwife of the Year Award: Rebecca Comensoli Registered Midwife

Emerging Leader: Sarah O’Hare Clinical Nurse Educator

Nursing and Midwifery Vision Award: Maree Wreford Registered Nurse

Service Awards:

Outstanding Service – Medicine 1: Cathy Whitely Nurse Unit Manager

Service Line Team Award – Medicine 1: 6 South

Outstanding Service - Medicine 2: Nicole Bambury Clinical Nurse Educator

Service Line Team Award – Medicine 2: GMU

Outstanding Service – Surgery & Peri-Operative Services: Lynne Roberts Nurse Unit Manager

Service Line Team Award – Surgery & Peri-Operative Services: 3 South

Outstanding Service – Critical Care: Sarah Jones Clinical Nurse Consultant

Service Line Team Award – Critical Care: Nurse Practitioners

Outstanding Service – Women’s & Children’s Health: Rebecca O’Brien Registered Midwife

Service Line Team Award – Women’s & Children’s Health: Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS)

Outstanding Service – Cancer Services: Carina Falomir Nurse Educator

Service Line Team Award – Cancer Services: 7A  

Outstanding Service – Nursing and Midwifery Support: Rebecca Hughes Clinical Nurse Consultant

Service Line Team Award – Nursing and Midwifery Support: Medical Imaging  


Garrawarra Centre 

Customer Service: Jenny Malone Hotel Services

Improved Performance: Ramandeep Sharma Registered Nurse

Leadership & Management: Kate McKenzie Acting Nurse Unit Manager

Teamwork: Graham Grover Enrolled Nurse

Innovation: Bronwyn Arthur Clinical Nurse Consultant

Staff were also recognised for their many years of dedicated service to Garrawarra, including:

Simone Jones: Enrolled Nurse 30 years of service at Garrrawarra Centre

Melinda Buchanan: Clinical Nurse Consultant 20 years service in the District