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WNSWLHD clinician recognised with prestigious APSAD award

10 November 2021

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Senior Drug and Alcohol Clinician Lynette Bullen has been recognised through the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) 2021 Clinician Award.

The Clinician Award recognises excellence and leadership in clinical practice in the field of substance abuse in any discipline, and was presented to Ms Bullen at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday during APSAD’s 40th annual conference.

Ms Bullen was nominated for the award by her research mentor, Associate Professor Kylie Lee, Deputy Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Indigenous Health and Alcohol at The University of Sydney.

Ms Bullen said Ms Lee had submitted the nomination in a bid to recognise her work, research and influence across a career that has spanned almost 30 years across metropolitan and regional areas.

“I wasn’t expecting the nomination, let alone to win the award. I’m just a little worker bee, I come in and do the best job I can so it was really lovely just to be nominated, to win was a really lovely surprise,” Ms Bullen said.

“To get this kind of recognition is really nice, research has become a big part of my career through the NSW Health Education and Training Institute’s (HETI) Rural Research Capacity Building Program.

“Part of winning this award is a 12-month subscription to APSAD’s research library, with access to all their journals and also workshops, which will all be really helpful for research and study going forward.”

For Ms Bullen, APSAD’s 2021 Clinician Award follows the recognition she received with the Best Emerging Research Presentation Award at last year’s Western NSW Health Research Network Symposium.

Jason Crisp, WNSWLHD Executive Director of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, congratulated Ms Bullen, saying the recognition is well-deserved reward for her continued commitment.

“It’s great to see any of our staff recognised for the outstanding work they do,” Mr Crisp said.

“Lynette works incredibly hard and is also very committed to her research and other aspects like professional development and tertiary study, so this award is well-deserved.”