May 09
WNSWLHD Nursing/Midwifery Team of the Year – 2019
​The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is delighted to announce the Rural Maternity Service as its Nursing/Midwifery Team of the Year as we celebrate International Nurses Day, 12 May 19. 

Executive Director Quality, Clinical Safety and Midwifery, Adrian Fahy, said, “the Rural Maternity Service consists of 2 Outreach Midwives First 2000 day of life educator, Maternity Care Assistance, Staff Specialist Obstetrician, Clinical Midwifery Consultant, the District Midwifery Strategic Manager, Maternal Care Navigator, the Community Based Midwives and the local Aboriginal Health Workers in rural and remote locations”. 

The WNSWLHD Nursing/Midwifery Team of the Year is based on three criteria, the team’s demonstration and commitment to the Living Well Together Values, a commitment to the nursing profession and the demonstration of leadership in the provision of nursing quality care.

The rural maternity service demonstrates their commitment to the midwifery profession through the ever growing expansion of the service. Through the leadership that is provided by the District Midwifery Strategic Manager, the team has grown to what it is today. This enables the team to deliver the culturally safe antenatal care that is empowering to women.  The team works with the philosophy and understanding of the impact a midwife can have on a woman’s pregnancy, emotional and mental wellbeing, and how this has an implication on the future health of the unborn child.  

“With the 2019 theme for International Day of the Midwife being Defender of Women’s Rights, the Rural Maternity Service really demonstrates this ethos. This service offers women in rural and remote locations access to a midwife within their home town. It allows women to stay within their local community to receive care which reduces the costs to the families, reduces travel, increases engagement and improves health outcomes for both the woman and her baby”.

“The rural maternity service provides a holistic service that is tailored to each woman’s individual needs. Our staff work with each community to ensure our involvement with the community is customised to meet their needs and enhance what is already there”, Adrian said. 

“We are extremely proud of the Rural Maternity Service, and their passion and dedication to providing excellent care to our patients and their families”.

“We would also like to thank and pay tribute to all of our hard working and dedicated nurses and 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.