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Regional health heroes revealed ahead of NSW Health Awards

13 May 2022

Outstanding NSW Health staff from across the state were honoured this week for their extraordinary work, with the finalists in the 2021 NSW Health Awards revealed on Tuesday 10 May.

Two of the nominees are from Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD), one individual award nominee and one team award nominee.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor, will both present an award at the event on Thursday 19 May.

“Ten of the 33 nominees are from regional NSW, highlighting the innovation and dedication to improving customer care across the state,” Mrs Taylor said.

Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Chief Executive, said “I’d like to extend my thanks to all our finalists for their stunning contributions and achievements last year, in particular for their courage and commitment in the face of such a challenging year.”

The talent and innovation of regional healthcare professionals has never been more evident than during the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Mr Spittal added.

WNSWLHD’s Virtual Paediatric Feeding Pilot program has been nominated for the Transforming Patient Experience Award. It provided services to seven community health sites and upskilled local clinicians with strong results, including statistically significant improvements in children’s growth, number of accepted foods and overall feeding behaviours. The virtual model also saved almost 25,000 kilometres in patient travel.

Dr Shannon Nott, WNSWLHD Director of Rural Medical Services, has been nominated for the Collaborative Staff Member of the Year Award. Dr Nott has become a leading authority on rural healthcare, not just in NSW but nationally as well.

Taking a ‘whole of health’ approach to rural healthcare which encompasses not only the hospital sector but also primary care, Dr Nott has collaborated with key parties across all sectors to help deliver more sustainable rural health services in small areas and driven a number of innovative clinical services, including WNSWLHD’s Virtual Clinical Pharmacy Service.

In the 23rd year of the awards, NSW Health received 192 nominations, highlighting the variety of innovative and sustainable health programs delivering significant outcomes to patients around the state.

“These awards were delayed last year due to COVID-19, so we’re thrilled to be celebrating the achievements of our people now,” Mr Spittal said.

The NSW Health Awards will be streamed live on the NSW Health website on Thursday 19 May at 12:30pm.

To view the full lists of finalists for the 2021 NSW Health Awards, visit the NSW Health website.