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The problem is the date, not the day

Back in the olden days only birds tweeted.

In 1994 we didn’t have social media with which to share, Like or Tweet about every outrage du jour. Those were the days when if you had a strong opinion about something in the news, the only way for an ordinary person to join the public conversation was thus:

  1. Find a piece of nice paper
  2. Succinctly write your thoughts on an issue
  3. Find an envelope
  4. Buy a stamp
  5. Mail your letter off to the local newspaper
  6. Then wait to see whether it is published as a Letter to The Editor.

Crazy, right?

Who would bother?

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I want to reprise that old Letter to the editor here for two reasons:

1. The Headline is Wrong

The Editor of the Advertiser put the wrong headline on my letter: It should have read “Inappropriate date”, not “Inappropriate day”. It’s totally appropriate to have a day to celebrate being Australian and to celebrate prominent, successful Australians (e.g.: Nurses on the Australia Day Honours List). Of course it’s ridiculous to hang onto January 26th. It’s inevitable that the date will change when Australians get around to electing a progressive government again.

The problem is the date, not the day.

Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

We can celebrate the people on the Australia Day Honours List without celebrating the date.

2. Long Weekends are Good

When i wrote the letter in 1994 it was the first time that the Australia Day public holiday was tied to January 26th. Before then it used to be the closest Monday. I was doing shift work at the time (12 hour shifts, 2 on/2 off @ Glenside Hospital, Adelaide), so wasn’t directly affected by long weekends. Nevertheless, I still knew a good thing when I saw it: consecutive days off work are a great way celebrate our good fortune of being Australian.

When we consciously de-couple ourselves from the current date, let’s re-couple our national day to a weekend. What a great way to celebrate Australia’s most valuable assets – our environment, climate and accent on leisure.

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As alway, your comments/feedback are welcome. Please use the comments section below.

Paul McNamara, 26 January 2017

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Twitter Hashtag: #ChangeTheDate

Nurses on the 2017 Australia Day Honours List

Extracting information from gg.gov.au/australia-day-2017-honours-list, below are the Nurses named on the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.

Emeritus Professor MaryAnn Bin-Sallik AO
Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Darwin, Northern Territory
For distinguished service to tertiary education as an academic, author and administrator, particularly in the area of Indigenous studies and culture, and as a role model and mentor.

Service includes:
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership, Western Sydney University, 2015 and Board of Trustees, since 2016.
Dean, College of Indigenous Education and Research, University of South Australia, 1998-2001.
Head of the School, Aboriginal Studies and Teacher Education, University of South Australia,1990
Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies, South Australian College of Advanced Education,1989-1990.
Coordinator, Aboriginal Taskforce, South Australian Institute of Technology, 1980-1985.
Chair, Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Charles Darwin University, 2013-2015.
Dean, Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Northern Territory University and Ranger Chair in Aboriginal Studies and Director, Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resources.

Served in the nursing profession for 17 years before moving into higher education.

Member, Ethics Council, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, 2013-2015
Director, Power and Water Corporation Board, Northern Territory, 2014-2015
Director, Kormilda Christian College Board, Darwin, 2005-2015.

Commonwealth Government Committees include:
Review of Aboriginal Employment and Training.
National Aboriginal Employment Development.
National Committee Against Discrimination in Employment and Occupation.

Member of numerous councils including:
National Population Council.
Council of the Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS).
Co-Commissioner, Human Rights Commissions Enquiry into the Forced Removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.

Author:
Aboriginal Women by Degrees, ‘The journey of 13 Indigenous women on their road to achievement’, (University of Queensland Press, 2000).

Awards and recognition includes:
Life Time Achievement Award, National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Observance Day, Darwin, 2015.
Emeritus Professorship, ‘for services to Indigenous Higher Education in Australia’, Charles Darwin University, 2008.
Centenary of Federation Medal, for contributions to Indigenous Higher Education in Australia, 2001.
Medal, ‘for contributions made to the Museum’, National Museum of Australia, 2001.
Chancellor’s Medal, ‘recognition as first Indigenous person to work in the Higher Education Sector’, Flinders University, South Australia,1994.
Aboriginal Overseas Study Award, Commonwealth Department of Education, 1985

More info about MaryAnn Bin-Sallik:
www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/07/04/naidoc-2016-female-elder-year-mary-ann-bin-sallik

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Ms Gillian Mary Biscoe AM

Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Sandy Bay, Tasmania
For significant service to the community through leadership and advisory roles with state, national and international public health organisations.

Service includes:
Consultant and Executive Director, The Bellettes Bay Company, since 1996.
Advisor and Consultant, World Health Organization (WHO), since 1989.
Executive Associate, JTA International, 2005-2013.
Secretary, Tasmanian Department of Community and Health Services, 1993-1996.
Secretary, ACT Health and Chief Executive of the Canberra Hospital, 1991-1993.
Deputy Director General, New Zealand Department of Health, 1988-1990.
Assistant Secretary,Commonwealth Department of Health, mid 1980s-1988 and
Executive Director, Royal Canberra Hospital, 1988.
Deputy Director of Nursing, Royal Hobart Hospital, 1970s.
Chair and/or Member of national and international committees including:
WHO Medical Workforce Development Committee.
The Australian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Health.
The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
WHO (WPRO) Technical Advisory Group, Universal Health Coverage, since 2016.
Board Member, Tasmanian Leaders Inc, since 2005 and co-designer and co-facilitator,
Tasmanian Leaders Program, since 2005 and Honorary Alumni.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Sidney Sax Medal, Australian Hospitals and Health Association, 2010.

More info about Gillian Biscoe:
community.newsarticles.net.au/Health/2010-Sidney-Sax-Medal-Awarded.htm

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Ms Elizabeth Anne Bowell OAM 
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
South Golden Beach, New South Wales
For service to nursing, and to international natural disaster health care assistance.

Service includes:
International Health Delegate, Australian Red Cross, since 2004, including 23 international missions:
Nepal Earthquake, Nepal, 2015.
Ebola outbreak, Liberia, 2014.
South Sudan, 2014.
Typhoon Haiyan Response, Philippines, 2013.
Vanuatu, numerous visits, 2012 and 2013.
Sierra Leone, 2012.
Nepal, 2011.
Solomon Islands, 2011.
Papua New Guinea, 2010.
Haiti Earthquake, Haiti, 2010.
Solomon Islands, 8 visits, 2008-2012 and Team Leader, Solomon Islands Flood Emergency, 2008.
Tana River Floods Emergency Response Team, Kenya, 2006.
Yogyakarta Earthquake, Indonesia, 2006.
Public Health Coordinator, Indian Ocean Tsunami Response, Indonesia, 2005-2006.

National Director of Education, Emergency Care Program, Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia – CRANAPlus, since 2005 and Remote Emergency Care (REC) Coordinator, 2003-2005 and Remote Emergency Care Facilitator, since 2000.

Co-Director, Extreme Health, current.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, for courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disaster,
Florence Nightingale Medal, International Committee of the Red Cross, 2015.
Recipient, for outstanding contribution to remote health, Aurora Award, CRANAPlus, 2007.
Recipient, Meritorious Award, Australian Red Cross, 2006.

More info about Elizabeth Boswell:
www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-26/australia-day-honour-list-recipients-recognised/8213226

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Ms Denele Valli Crozier AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
New South Wales
For significant service to the community, particularly to women’s health, and to social
welfare and legal assistance organisations.

Service includes:
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health New South Wales, since 2001.
Administrator, Redfern Legal Centre, 1994-2001.
Administrator, Women’s Health, Information, Resource, Crisis Centres Association, 1987-1994.
Nurse, Community Health Worker and Educator, Liverpool Women’s Health Centre, circa 1980s.
Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Rozelle Hospital, 1960s-1970s.
National Treasurer, Australian Women’s Health Network, since 2011 and National
Board Member, since 2003.
Vice-President, NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS), 2015-2016 and Treasurer, 2011-2015 and Board Member and Member, since 2007 and Chair, NCOSS Health Policy Advice Group, since 2009.
Chairperson, Women’s Legal Services NSW, since 2012.
Member, NSW Premier’s Expert Advisory Council for Women, 2010.
Member, NSW Premier’s Council for Preventing Violence Against Women, 2008.
Inaugural President, Social and Community Services Division, Australian Service Union, 1988-1993 and Member, 1984-2016 and Member, NSW and ACT Branch, ‘for over 30 years’.
Member, Non-Government Organisation Advisory Committee, NSW Health, 2003-2016.
Member, Non-Government/Government Women’s Health Group, 2003-2016.
Member, Female Genital Mutilation Advisory Committee, 2003-2016.
Member, Women’s Health and Resources Foundation, 1982-2016.
Member, South West Women’s Child Sexual Assault Resource Centre, 1984-1985.
Member, Women Against Incest 1982-1983.

More info about Denele Crozier:
www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-23/regional-abortion/5039522?pfmredir=sm

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Ms Noela Isobel Davies OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Doomadgee, Queensland
For service to nursing, and to international humanitarian healthcare programs.

Service includes:
Humanitarian Aid Worker (Nurse), International Red Cross, 1999-2005.
Has served in Northern Kenya, South Sudan, Darfur, East Timor, Northern Liberia,  Somali/AFAR, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Member, Field Assessment Coordination Team, Tacloban, Philippines, 2012-2014.

Humanitarian Observer, Australian Red Cross. Northern Territory Department of Health:
Rheumatic Heart Disease Public Health Nurse Coordinator, Centre for Disease Control.

Queensland Department of Health:
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Remote Generalist Complex Care, (Nurse Navigator), Doomadgee Community Health, North Queensland, since 2016.

Director of Nursing, Birdsville Health Centre, 2015-2016.
Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Florence Nightingale Medal, International Red Cross, 2011

More info about Noela Davies:
www.northweststar.com.au/story/4421287/ex-isa-nurse-gets-oam/

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Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Andrew Duff
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)
Queensland
For outstanding devotion to duty to clinical training and preparedness of health services personnel as the Deputy Director of Clinical Services, 2nd General Health Battalion, from 2012 to 2015.

Lieutenant Colonel Duff has orchestrated high quality clinical training, benchmarked clinical readiness and improved the career progression for Army nursing. Through outstanding devotion to duty, professionalism and skilful management he has made a crucial contribution to improving clinical governance and significantly enhanced Army’s deployable health capability.

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Ms Kerryn Eileen Ernst
Public Service medal (PSM)
Page, Australian Capital Territory
For outstanding public service to community health in the Australian Capital Territory.

Ms Ernst qualified as a registered nurse in 1998 and since that time has completed a graduate
certificate in Oncological Nursing, gained accreditation as a Breast Care Nurse with the Cancer
Council of Victoria, and completed a Master of Nurse Practitioner and a Master in Palliative Care.

Since 2009 she has been a metastatic McGrath Breast Care Nurse employed by ACT Health
providing support to more than 1,000 families who are faced with the devastating news that their breast cancer is metastatic.

In her role she provides education and support in relation to treatment options and translates
medical language and specialist information for patients. She assist people to navigate the
complex landscape of treatment, disease progression and prognosis and also recognises that care needs to be holistic and looks for ways to support people both physically and emotionally.

She is a staunch advocate for the importance of educating Australians about breast cancer and
has shown a commitment to the education of other nursing professionals by presenting at
conferences and workshops.

Ms Ernst consistently goes above and beyond to provide the best level of support and care
to her patients and their families and has had a positive impact on the lives of many in the Canberra region.

More info about Kerryn Ernst:
www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/inspiring-breast-cancer-nursing-stories-from-the-mcgrath-foundation-20150915-gjn6aw.html

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Mrs Heather Emily Hewett MBE OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Horsham, Victoria
For service to the Indigenous community of the Northern Territory.

Service includes:

Translation, to Maung, Gospel of Mark, a project of the Northern Regional Council of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and the Uniting Church in Australia Northern SYNOD, 2009-2016.

Co-authored Maung Grammar with the noted linguist Arthur Capell, ‘Texts and Vocabulary’ (published in 1974).

Assistant, Bilingual education program, Nungalinya College, introduced to the school in 1972.

Started recording the Maung alphabet with the elders, included linguistic analysis, bible translation, translation and discussion of educational material including electoral information and land rights legislation, 1966-1974.

Nursing sister, appointed to the Methodist Overseas Mission at Warruwi, 1957-1979.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, The Order of the British Empire – Member (Civil), 1978, for services to Aboriginal linguistics, health and religion.

More info about Heather Hewett:
www.mailtimes.com.au/story/4427205/connection-language-and-honours-for-heather/

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Professor Catherine Therese Turner AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Brisbane, Queensland
For significant service to nursing through research into nurse practice and population health, and to professional organisations.

Service includes:

The University of Queensland:
Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, current.
Head, School of Nursing and Midwifery, 2008-2014.
Director of Research and Deputy Head of School, 2007.
Associate Professor, Coordinator of Research and Higher Degrees, 2004-2006.
Project Officer, Development of an undergraduate nursing degree, Faculty of Health Sciences, 2002-2003.
Senior Lecturer, Division of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, School of Population
Health, 2001-2003.
Visiting Fellow, Boston College, Maine, United States of America, 2000.

Australian Catholic University:
Assistant Head, School of Nursing, 1999.
Head, Department of Nursing Practice, 1995-1998.
Lecturer in Nursing, 1992-1994.

Clinical Teacher, Rural Placements, University of Canberra, 1991-1992
Nurse Educator, Royal Brisbane Hospital, 1988-1990.

Assistant Commissioner Nursing, Health Quality and Complaints Commission, 2011-2014.
Board of Directors, Mater Education Ltd, since 2016.
Board of Directors, Mater Health Services, 2008-2016.
Executive, Council of Deans Australia and New Zealand, Nursing and Midwifery, 2012-2014.

Awards and recognition includes:
Career Development Award, Population Health, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2007-2011.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Flinders University, 2008.
Fulbright Fellow, Channing Laboratory, Harvard University, 2006-2007.
Excellence in Teaching Award, The University of Queensland, 2005.
International Research Collaboration Travel Award, The University of Queensland, 2003.

More info about Catherine Turner:
nmsw.uq.edu.au/profile/584/catherine-turner

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Mrs Julianne Mary Whyte OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Lowesdale, New South Wales
For service to community health through palliative care programs.

Service includes:

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Amaranth Foundation, since 2009 (provides therapeutic
and psychosocial support for people coping with advanced chronic and terminal illness).

Palliative Care Project Officer; Riverina Division of General Practice, 2006-2011.

Palliative Care Clinical Support Leader and Project Officer; Intereach NSW Pty Ltd, 2006-2009.

Care Support Officer; Greater Southern Area Health Service, 2003-2006.

Registered Nurse and Chronic Care Coordinator; Murrumbidgee Health District, 1980-2006.

Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, since 2014  (Listen Acknowledge
Respond Project – a translational research project to up-skill the allied health workforce in End of Life Palliative Care).

Executive position, Oncology Social Work Australia, 2009-2011.

General Committee Member, Palliative Care New South Wales, 2008-2009.

General Member, Palliative Care Australia, ongoing.

More info about Julianne Whyte:
palliativecare.org.au/palliative-matters/10-minutes-with-julianne-whyte/

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Closing Notes

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

Not all of Nurses on the 2017 Australia Day Honours List remain in a nursing-specific role. Nevertheless, they are included here because one does not simply leave nursing.
It’s like the Mafia.
You know too much.
🙂

Although MaryAnn Bin-Sallik's award was received outside of a nursing context, her 17 years of nursing experience =  valid inclusion criteria IMHO.

That’s it. Thanks for visiting.

Paul McNamara, 26 January 2017

Short URL meta4RN.com/honours17

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

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