Nurses on the 2015 Australia Day Honours List

Extracting information available via gg.gov.au/australia-day-2015-honours-list, below are the Nurses I found on the 2015 Australia Day Honours List.

Diane Mary Brown AO
Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Drummoyne NSW
For distinguished service to nursing through the delivery of quality care, professional development and nursing education, and to the international advancement of the profession throughout Asia and the South Pacific.
Project Director, Sister Hospital Program, Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali and Royal Darwin Hospital, since 2012. Education Consultant, World Bank Indonesia, 2012 (Mid-term evaluation of the national Health Professional Education project to strengthen nursing and midwifery education). Volunteer, Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Australian Volunteers International (AVI), 2009-2011. Invited Visiting Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia, since 2007. Invited Scholar, Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care, Bergen University College, Norway, 2006. Short term international consultant, World Health Organisation, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 2005. Project Director, Binawan Institute of Health Sciences, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2003-2005 (development of an ‘International’ standard Bachelor of Nursing). Team Leader, Sister School Program, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian part of Borneo, World Bank, 2001-2004 (Project designed to improve the health of the Indonesian people through improving human resources in the education of health service personnel). Executive District Director of Nursing, Mount Isa Health Service District (now North West Hospital and Health Service), 2007-2008. Director, Clinical Nursing Practice Development, Northern Sydney Health Service, 2004. Various clinical nursing roles including Nursing Unit Manager, Night Supervisor and Nurse Practitioner, 1984-1990. Various nursing positions including 10 months with Bush Nursing Service, Western Australia; 9 year’s experience working in Critical Care (ICU and A&E) in a number of Sydney teaching hospitals including: St Vincent’s; Sydney; Royal Prince Alfred; Lewisham; Hornsby: and Mater Misericordiae, 1973-1984. Professorial Fellow, Charles Darwin University, current. Education Consultant, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, 2011 (Mid-term evaluation; the Strategic Development of Nursing through Nursing Education in Viet Nam); External Examiner, Faculty of Health. Professor of Nursing, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology Sydney, 2008-2009; Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), 1998-2004; Acting Dean, 2001-2002; Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, 1991-1998; External Supervisor and Examiner. Professor of Clinical Nursing, Charles Darwin University and Department of Health and Community Services Northern Territory, 2005-2007. Professor Brown has published a number of papers, books and chapters including: ‘International partnerships and the development of a sister hospital program’ in ‘International Nursing Review’, 2013 (Co-author). ‘Lewis’ Medical-Surgical Nursing (4th Edition)’, 2015 (Co-editor). ‘Changing Perioperative Practice in an Indonesian Hospital: Parts I and II’, in ‘Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Journal’, 2011 (Co-author). ‘Clinically Speaking: a communication skills program for students from non-English speaking backgrounds’, in ‘Nurse Education Today’, 2006. ‘Final Report. Development of Sister School Program for Nursing and Midwifery Schools in Kaliamantan’, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Central Kalimantan, Republic of Indonesia, 2004. Member, Australian College of Nursing, since 2012; Reviewer, ‘Collegian’, 2001-2007. Member, The College of Nursing (now Australian College of Nursing), 1978-2012. Member, Royal College of Nursing (now Australian College of Nursing, 2009-2012. Associate Fellow, Australian College of Health Service Managers, current. Member, Australian Orthopaedic Outreach, current. Reviewer, ‘International Nursing Review’, International Council of Nurses, current.

Rosemary Elizabeth Dalton OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Castle Hill NSW
For service to nursing, and to medical education.
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Amputee Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, 1979-1995. Lecturer, NSW College of Nursing, many years. Lecturer, School of Medicine, Sydney University, many years. Distinguished Nursing Service Award, Royal Australian College of Nursing, 1995.

Robyn Louise Dealtry OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
East Toowoomba Qld
For service to nursing, and to medical education.
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Acute Pain Services, Toowoomba Hospital, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, since 2007. Recovery Room Nurse, St Andrew’s Hospital – Toowoomba, 2005 – 2008. Independent Pain Consultant, 2004 – 2007. Clinical Nurse Specialist, Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney Area Health Service, Clinical Nurse Consultant Grade 3 Multidisciplinary Pain Service, 1991- 2004; Team Leader, 1991 – 2004; Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1991 – 1993; Registered Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1985 – 1991; Registered Nurse, Course, 1985. Staff Excellence Award, 1994. Registered Nurse, Anglican Retirement Village, South Australia, 1984 – 1985; Registered Nurse, Torrens Park Nursing Home, South Australia, 1979 – 1982. The College of Nursing – Pain Management: Distance Education Lecturer. Guest speaker, since 1994; Initiated and authored the first pain management distance education course, 1992. Team Member, National Institute of Clinical Studies, (NICS), National Pain Project, 2004. Conference Presenter, Australian and New Zealand Pain Society, 2003 and member. Member, Nurse Practitioner Peer Review Interview Panel, New South Wales Nurses Registration Board, 2003. Established, The Pain Interest Nursing Group, 1995. Conference Presenter, Cancer Nurses Association. Member, Australian Pain Society. Member, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, current. Has presented at International Pain Management conferences in New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Israel. Author of three national and one international journal articles and two international and one national book chapter.

Paul Anthony Gallagher OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Bangor NSW
For service to children through charitable paediatric care organisations.
Founding Member, Sydney Kids’ Committee, The Sydney Children’s Hospital, since 1993. Served 10 years as President. Nurse Manager, Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service, Sydney Children’s Hospital, since 2002. Board Member, Telstra Child Flight, 2008-2012. Nurse Manager, Department of Paediatrics, St George Hospital, 1995-2002. Paediatric Nurse, Sydney Children’s Hospital, 1989-2002. President, St Patrick’s College Football Club, since 2013; Executive Member; Club Member for 34 years. Junior Cricket Coach, St Patrick’s College Cricket Club, 2006-2009. Volunteer, Athlete Care Nurse, Sydney Olympic Games, 2000. Joint Squad Leader, U13 and U14 Nippers, North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club, 2009-2011.

Barbara Maureen Mitchell OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Emu Plains NSW
For service to the international community of Bangladesh through humanitarian medical programs.
Aussi Bangla Smile Project: Co-Founder, since 2006. Fundraiser and Coordinator of 6 trips, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. Volunteer Scrub Nurse, 4 trips. Founder, Emu Plains Chapter, ‘Days for Girls’ program, since 2014. (Program provides underprivileged girls in Bangladesh with reusable sanitary kits). Scrub Nurse, Nepean Public Hospital, 1998-2013. Scrub Nurse, Westmead Hospital, 1986-1998 and RN First Assistant Cardiac Theatre Nurse, 1996-1998. Honorary Member and Fundraising Volunteer, Rotary Club of Nepean.

Margaret Barbara O’Driscoll OAM 
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Alexandra Hills Qld
For service to the community, and to nursing.
Honorary Administrator, Historic Ormiston House, since 2003; Friends and Advisors Committee, Carmelite Sisters (Ormiston House owners) representative, since 2000. Cancer Council, Redlands Branch; Vice-Chairman, for many years; Secretary, for many years. Received Scholarships to study Oncology Nursing, and Palliative Care (London, New York and Florence). Blue Nursing Service – Redland: Director of Nursing, 1985-1995; Future Planning Committee, Nandeebie Retirement and Hostel Complex, 1980s and 1990s; Various Community Management Committees, many years.

Valerie Jean Rose OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Junabee Qld
For service to community health.
Member, Warwick Suicide Prevention Group, 10 years. Grief Support Group Coordinator. Member, Combined Churches Pastoral Care Team, Warwick Hospital. Nurse, Warwick Hospital and Killarney Hospital. Nurse, Mater Hospital, Brisbane. Teacher, Scots/PGC College, Warwick. School Counsellor, St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba. School Counsellor, St Saviour’s School, Toowoomba. Founding Member, Zonta, Warwick Branch. Parish Counsellor, St Mary’s Catholic Church, Warwick. Parishioner for many years. Committee Member, Safe Haven (Domestic Violence Support). Member, School Chaplaincy Committee, Warwick. Supporter of refugee families.

Janet Tyler OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Adelaide SA
For service to nursing, particularly in the field of spinal injury rehabilitation.
Acting Nurse Manager, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, 1986-1994. Clinical Nurse Co-Ordinator, 1977-1986; Assisted planning and upgrade of Spinal Injuries Unit – Morris Wards, 1973; Senior Registered Nurse, 1964-1977. Involved in establishing the acute and rehabilitation Spinal Cord Injury Service in South Australia (now known as South Australian Spinal Cord Injury Service-SASCIS), 1958. Member, Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of South Australia, since 1960s; Life Membership, 1977. Senior Nursing Member, Australian Medical Team, Para Olympic Games, Israel, 1968. Assistant Manager and Senior Nursing Member, Inaugural South Australian National Spinal Games, Hampstead Centre, 1964. Member then Associate Member, Australian Nurses Federation, many years. Life Member, Registered Nurse Association; Member, 1951-1994. Justice of the Peace, for over 30 years. Friend, Royal District Nursing Service of South Australia.

Gail Josephine Milner PSM
Public Service Medal (PSM)
Doubleview WA
For outstanding public service to community health and aged care reform in Western Australia, particularly through the establishment and implementation of innovative clinical programs.
Ms Milner has worked for WA Health in a variety of senior leadership roles since 1987. During this time she has held positions in health system reform, aged care and nursing. Ms Milner has been Operational Director of Innovation Health System and Reform since 2007. In her various roles she has engaged and worked closely with all health sectors including private, not for profit and other Government agencies at a local, State and National level including Silver Chain and St John Ambulance. Over her career with WA Health she has been committed to improving health service delivery in WA including leading, developing and implementing the Western Australian and Commonwealth Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospitals Implementation Plan. She has also provided ongoing leadership and support of the Clinical Services Framework 2010-2020 which sets out the planned structure of health service provision in WA for the next 10 years. Ms Milner has led the development and implementation of the WA State Aged Care Plan, Dementia, Carers and Leadership Action Plans.

added as per suggestion in comments section:

Sandra Mahlberg
Australian Capital Territory
Humanitarian and volunteer
2015 National Finalist Senior Australian of the Year
Opening her heart and her home to sick children, Sandra Mahlberg is the ACT coordinator for Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), a volunteer organisation that helps children from developing countries afflicted with severe medical conditions.  Sandra sources funding for accommodation and transport to and from Australia, draws on her wide network to seek voluntary contributions from surgeons and hospitals and coordinates the post-operative, pastoral care and selection of children who need corrective surgery for life-threatening but treatable conditions.  She works tirelessly through the National ROMAC committee and with the ACT Government to bring children to Australia from countries including China, East Timor, Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands – and she does this while maintaining her full time nursing job at Calvary Hospital.  Since 2006, Sandra has hosted 15 children and their guardians in her home, supporting them for up to a year at a time.  Putting service before self, Sandra’s commitment to humanitarian endeavour is changing lives and is reinforcing Australia’s reputation as a caring society. Source: www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll

 

Closing Notes

Please let me know if I missed any nurses or midwives. I’m happy to correct any oversights (not fully caffeinated yet).

Similarly, if you know of an online article that elaborates on the info above and/or has a photo of any of the Nurses on the 2015 Australia Day Honours List please let me know via the comments section below – I’d be happy to add a link to the article(s).

Finally, just to stop people teasing me as my wife is doing now (“What are you doing that for? Trying to get nominated for 2016?” – ha ha – very funny Stella), I have a simple explanation for collating the nurses here: I couldn’t find them collated elsewhere.

That’s it.

Paul McNamara, 26 January 2015

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