May 06
WNSWLHD Midwife of the Year

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is delighted to announce Cath Byrnes as its Midwife of the Year as we celebrate International Day of the Midwife.  

Executive Director Quality, Clinical Safety and Midwifery, Adrian Fahy, said, “Cath’s is a hard working Midwife and an asset to the Lachlan Health Service team in Parkes. Cath shows great innovation and initiatives towards clinical education and mentoring new staff”.

The WNSWLHD Midwife of the Year is based on three sections, their demonstration and commitment to the Living Well Together Values, a commitment to the midwifery profession and the demonstration of leadership in the provision of midwifery quality care. 

“Cath not only demonstrates all of the required qualities but she is also a fantastic role model to not only other midwives but staff across the hospital. 

“Cath’s passion is women centred care and looking at the family as a whole unit and adjusting her care to suit the woman’s needs”. Adrian said. 

Over the past 12 months Cath has been working to improve patient outcomes through educating staff. Cath not only attended training to develop her own skills but then bought the training back and developed training sessions for staff at the Lachlan Health Service. 

“Cath has taken on the role of Prompt education running scenarios wanting to increase the knowledge of not only herself but her team so that women would get the midwifery care they deserved. 

“Cath is a role model and mentor to new grads and students and is seen as a senior staff member in the unit that staff can approach for direction and learning.

“We are extremely proud of Cath, and her passion and dedication to providing excellent care to our woman”. 

“We would also like to thank and pay tribute to all of our hard working and dedicated midwives that work across the WNSWLHD”. Adrian said.

The NSW Government has committed to the largest Australian healthcare workforce boost with an extra 5000 nurses and midwives across regional and metropolitan areas over four years, as part of a $2.8 billion investment in frontline staff.