Nurses on the 2016 Australia Day Honours List

Extracting information from gg.gov.au/australia-day-2016-honours-lists, below are the Nurses named on the 2016 Australia Day Honours List.

Professor Mari Angela Botti AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Melbourne, Victoria
For significant service to nursing, and to medical education, as an academic and author, and to pain management research.

Deakin University:
Alfred Deakin Professor in Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, since 2012.
Epworth Chair of Nursing, since 2004 and Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, since 1998.
Coordinator, Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Honours), since 2005.
Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee, current.
Executive Member, Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre, current.

Lecturer, School of Nursing, La Trobe University, 1988-1998 and Senior Tutor, 1986- 1988 and Sessional Clinical Teacher, 1985-1986.
Epworth Healthcare:
Chair in Nursing, Epworth/Deakin Centre for Clinical Nursing Research, Epworth HealthCare, since 2004 and Member, Human Research and Ethics Committee (HREC) and Chair, HREC Low Risk Sub-Committee.

Director, Alfred/Deakin Nursing Research Centre, Alfred Health, 1998-2010 and Deputy Chair, Human Research Ethics Committee and Board Member, Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) and Member, Nursing Advisory Committee.

Member, Victorian Quality Council, 2004-2008.

Member, Victorian Policy Advisory Committee on Clinical Practice and Technology, 2005- 2006.

Member, External Review of Applications for DHS Public Health Research Projects, 2002-2003.

External Assessor, Research Project Grants Proposals, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC) and Australian Research Council (ARC), since 2000.

Publications include:
Has published over 83 articles in refereed journals and 5 book chapters .

Professional Organisations include:
Member, Australian College of Nursing, since 1979.
Member, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, since 1992.
Member, Australian Pain Society, since 1992.
Member, International Association for the Study of Pain, since 2001.
Member, Health Services Research Association, Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ), since 2007.

Nursing roles include:
RN/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Coronary Care Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1984-1992 and Student/Clinical Nurse, Coronary Care Unit, 1981 and Clinical Nurse, Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care Unit, 1978-1980.
Student/Midwife, St Thomas’ and Guys Hospitals, London, UK, 1982-1984.

Paula Jean Penfold AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Toowong, Queensland
For significant service to the community through support for people with Muscular Dystrophy, to child health ethical standards, and to medical research.

Service includes:

Founding and active member, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Queensland, since 1978.

Member, Human Research Ethics Committee, Queensland Children’s Health Services, Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital, since 1980.

Senior Clinical Nurse and Research Assistant, Greenslopes Hospital, ‘for many years’.
Researched and co-authored several articles for theNeuroendocrine Research Unit, Greenslopes Hospital, 1991.

Management Consultant, Paula J Penfold and Associates, current.
Associate Fellow, Australasian College of Health Service Management, since 2013.

Kym Robina Stuart AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Kedron, Queensland
For significant service to nursing through a range of voluntary roles throughout the developing world, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.

Service includes:

Volunteer Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant, Asia/Pacific Region, Open Heart International (formerly Operation Open Heart), since 1992.
Has attended 50 aid trips to a range of developing countries including: Mongolia, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Myanmar, and the Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Rwanda.

Head, Operating Theatres, during all 20 trips to Papua New Guinea.
Fundraiser for, and collector of, various surgical instruments, equipment, clothes and books.

Professional service includes:

Clinical Nurse, Paediatric Cardiac Operating Theatre, Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, (formerly at Mater Children’s Hospital), since 2008.

Surgeon Assistant, and Nurse Specialist, Cardiac Operating Theatres, Sydney Adventist Hospital, 1990-2005 and was involved in the establishment of the Operation Open Heart project.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Cross of Medical Service Medal, Order of Logohu, Papua New Guinea, 2008, ‘for services to public health and the community through participation in Operation Open Heart.
Recipient, Paul Harris Award, Rotary International, 2007, ‘for contribution to international aid work’.

Kathleen Ellen Bright OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Moss Vale, New South Wales
For service to women, and to nursing.

Service includes:

Country Women’s Association of New South Wales:
State Vice-President, 2010-2012.
Group President, Wollondilly Group, 2003-2006.
Group Representative to State Executive, 2006-2009.
President, Moss Vale Branch, 2010-2012, 2002-2006.
Member, since 2002 and Member, Kiama Branch, ‘for many years’. Other community:

Vice-President, United Hospitals Auxiliary, Moss Vale Branch, since 2001.

Nursing:
Assistant Director of Nursing and Manager of Surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, 1992-1996.
Director of Nursing, Campbelltown Private Hospital, 1989-1991.
Director of Nursing and Area Advisor in Nursing, Liverpool Hospital, 1977-1989.

Fellow, Australian College of Nursing (formerly Royal College of Nursing Australia and New South Wales College of Nursing), current.
Fellow, The Institute of Nursing Administration of New South Wales and ACT.
Associate Fellow, Australian College of Health Services Administrators.

Narelle Gai Martin OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Kirribilli, New South Wales
For service to nursing, particularly palliative care for children.

Service includes:
Nursing Manager, ‘Bear Cottage’ Children’s Hospice, (affiliated with the Sydney Children’s

Hospital Network) since 2008; Registered Nurse, 2001 – 2008.
Registered Nurse, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, 1982 – 2001. Member, New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association, since 2003.

Mark Cameron McDonald ASM
Ambulance Service Medal (ASM)
Stones Corner, Queensland

Mr McDonald commenced his career with the former Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade, now the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), in Gatton as an Honorary Officer in January 1977 and has diligently served the community at locations throughout Queensland for more than 37 years. His unfailing commitment and dedication to excellence in patient care, education, training and continuous professional development has earned him the respect of the community, and his peers, as a role model in the field of the practise of paramedicine. He has contributed in a distinctive way to the development of the QAS during his career, including high level contribution to the introduction of the original Associate Diploma of Ambulance Studies, service planning, clinical education and student paramedic progression. He has continually demonstrated determination, resourcefulness, consideration and passion in the roles he has undertaken. As a critical care paramedic, registered nurse, educator, mentor and coach, Mr McDonald epitomises the best qualities and characteristics of what is expected of a professional ambulance paramedic, contributing valuably to the QAS, peer development and the Queensland community.

Captain K 
Australian Army
Distinguished Service Medal DSM)
For distinguished leadership in warlike operations as the Nursing Officer and Health Planner on Operation OKRA.

Captain K displayed outstanding leadership and dedication to duty as a Nursing Officer. She accepted, planned and executed the most difficult of medical responses and support tasks in extremely austere environments professionally and without fault. She directly contributed to the operational effects of the Special Operations Task Group. Her leadership is of the highest order and in keeping with the traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.

Captain Katrina Anne Kelly
Australian Army
Commendation for Distinguished Service
New South Wales
For distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations as the Nursing Officer to the United Kingdom-led mentoring mission to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy at Qargha, Kabul Afghanistan on Operations SLIPPER and HIGHROAD from July 2014 to January 2015.

Captain Kelly displayed exceptional professionalism and dedication to duty while providing immediate health support to Australian and Coalition Forces. Her level-headed actions following an insider attack at the Marshal Fahim National Defence University had a force multiplying effect which aided the critical treatment and extraction of fourteen casualties. Captain Kelly selflessly provided mental health and welfare support at Qargha which was above and beyond the scope of her prescribed duties and greatly assisted the wellbeing of Australian personnel.

Although not on the honours list, there is certainly another nurse worthy of a mention amongst this company:

Anne Carey
National Finalist (representing Western Australian)
Australian of the Year 2016
A nurse, midwife and medical warrior, Anne Carey has spent her life helping others – even when it has been at great personal risk. Anne has provided health care for remote communities in hospitals and clinics across Papua New Guinea, Northern Territory and Western Australian. As an Australian Red Cross aid worker in some of the world’s hotspots including Sudan, Kenya and most recently Sierra Leone, Anne leaves an impact on everyone she meets. During her time in Sudan, Anne and her colleagues came under attack, but while others left, they courageously stayed put to help the local residents. In Sierra Leone, she spent three assignments battling on the frontline against the deadly Ebola virus and was amongst the first volunteers to assist. Every day, she was taped into a personal protection suit, and while she may have looked inhuman in her all-white sterilised suit, thick rubber gloves and perspex goggles, Anne extended humanity with a simple touch and professional care that helped people understand they were not alone. Despite the death, fear and despair felt during the Ebola outbreak, Anne was a beacon of hope and continues the desperate fight to save the lives of people most in need.
Source: www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll/?view=fullView&recipientID=1379

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 2016 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).

That’ll do for now..

Paul McNamara, 26 January 2016

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