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Nurses on the 2020 Australia Day Honours List

Extracting information from www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awardsaustralian-honours-lists/australia-day-2020-honours-list, below are the Nurses named on the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

Margaret Alice Aldous OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Benalla, Victoria
For service to nursing.

Cooinda Village
– Chief Executive/Director of Nursing, since 2008.

Benalla Rotary Club
– Vocational/Membership Committee, 2014-2016.
– Student Councillor, 2012-2014.

Benalla Hospital
– Quality Manager, 2001-2008.
– Nurse Unit Manager Home, Nursing Services, 1997-2001.
– Team Leader, Critical Incident Debriefing.
– Nurse Unit Manager, Accident and Emergency and Hospital Supervisor, 1996-1997.
– Palliative Care Supervisor, 1989-1994, seconded to Hume Region North East Victoria, 1995.
– Provided first palliative care education service to Benalla Hospital and medical staff.
– Grief Counsellor.
– Mentor to Junior Staff.
– Hospital Supervisor, 1982-1989.
– Nurse Unit Manager Midwifery, 1979-1981.
– Staff Nurse 1977-1979.
– Registered Midwife, 1977-2016.
– Registered Nurse’ 1975- current

Alfred Hospital Melbourne
– Staff Nurse, 1976.
– Trainee Nurse, 1972-1975.
– Trainee Midwife, 1975-1976.

Royal Women’s Hospital
– Trainee Midwife, 1975-1976

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Coralie Elizabeth Brannelly OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Moulden, Northern Territory
For service to the community of Darwin.

Lions Australia
– Secretary, Palmerston Lions Club, 2014-2017, 2019.
– Co-Founder, Palmerston Lions Club, 2014.
– Former Member, Darwin Nightcliff Lions Club.

Professional
– Primary Health Care Respiratory Nurse, Northern Territory Department of Health, since 2009.

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Deborah Kenna OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Orange, New South Wales
For service to community health.

Western NSW Local Health District
– Registered Nurse, Health Service Manager
– Aboriginal Health, Chronic Care, Integrated Care 2001 – 2017
– District Manager, Chronic Care
– Aboriginal Primary Health Care Practitioner, 2001-2006.

Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS)
– Founding Community Board Member, planning and development, 2005.
– Chair, 2006.
– Director, Board Member, 2002-2007.
– Member, Clinical Governance Patient Safety/ Quality Governance Group, current.

Other Voluntary
– Member, National Heart Foundation Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee (NAHAC), 2011-2018.
– Deputy Chair, NAHAC, 2017-2018.
– Member, Cardiovascular Health Advisory Committee.
– Member, NSW Better Cardiac Care Aboriginal Ministers Advisory Group, 2016-2017.
– Member, National Cervical and Breast Screen Advisory Group, 2013-2016.
– Member, Ministry of Health Chronic Care Advisory Group, 2012-2017.
– Member, Aboriginal Advisory Group, National Cancer Institute and Research, since 2015 – current

Professional Memberships
– Australian College of Nursing.
– Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINAM).
– Council of Remote Area Nurses Australia, (CRANA).

Awards and recognition include:
– Female Person of the Year, Orange NAIDOC Community Awards, 2007 and 2014.
– Employee of the Year, Orange Community Awards, 2009.

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Lilian Selina Leonard OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Pearcedale, Victoria
For service to community health.

Voluntary
– Founder/Treasurer/Committee Member, Young Ostomates United Support Group, since 1989.
– OutReach Stoma/Continence/Breast Care Service, East Gippsland, 1998-2004.
– East Gippsland Cancer Support Group, 1999-2004.
– North Western Breast Cancer Support Group, 1997-2004.
– Founder, Preston and Northcote Community Hospital Ostomy Support Group, 1987.

Nursing
– Registered Nurse Div. 1: Graduated from the Melbourne School of Nursing, 1959.
– Stomal Therapy Certificate, Mayfield Centre, 1979.
– Graduate Diploma in Human Relationships Education, Melbourne University, 1988.
– Registered Nurse, Stomal Therapy, Cabrini Hospital, Preston, Northcote Community Hospital (PANCH), The Northern Hospital (Northern Health) and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, 1979-2004.
– President/Committee Member, Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses Victoria, early 1980s.

Awards and recognition includes:
– Recipient, Advance Australia Foundation Award, 1993.
– Inaugural Portrait Gallery Inductee at MacRobertston Girls High School, 2008.

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Matthew Alan Luther OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Gordon, Australian Capital Territory
For service to nursing.

Nursing
– Co-Director, Emergency Department, Calvary Public Hospital, Bruce, Canberra, current.
– Nurse Practitioner, since 2004.
– Midwife, since 2002.
– Registered Nurse, since 1999.
– Credentialed Emergency Nurse.

Other Medical and Community service includes
– Vice-Chair, ACT Branch, Australian Resuscitation Council, current.
– Guest Lecturer, Australian Catholic University, current.
– Mass Gathering/Event Nurse Practitioner, ACT Branch, St John’s Ambulance Australia, since 2012.
– Member, Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT), since 2010.
– Volunteer Fire Fighter, ACT Rural Fire Service, since 1992.
– Course Director, Advanced Life Support, Australian Resuscitation Council, current.

Royal Australian Air Force Reserve
– Specialist Nurse, Military Critical Care Aeromedical Team, since 2006.
– Patient Movement Cell, Deployment, Iraq, 2018.
– Aeromedical Evacuation Nurse, Philippines Assist, Humanitarian Aid, 2012 and Deployment Middle East, 2012.
– Emergency Nurse, Pacific Partnership, Humanitarian Aid, 2008.

Memberships
– Fellow, Australian College of Nursing.
– Fellow, College of Emergency Nursing Australasia.
– Fellow, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.

Awards and recognition include:
– Excellence in Management Practice, ACT Health, 2016.
– ACT Nursing Team of the Year, ACT Health, 2016.
– Australia Day Medallion, for service to Calvary Health Care, 2008.

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Annette Elizabeth Moehead OAM PSM
Public Service Medal (PSM)
Wollongbar, New South Wales
For outstanding public service to mental health care of aged persons in New South Wales.

Ms Moehead has provided exceptional service to NSW Health since 1973. Specialising in the nursing of dementia and psychogeriatrics for over 30 years she is regarded by nurses and health professionals, locally and nationally, as a leader, mentor and expert in dementia and delirium care.

An outstanding and innovative influence in the psychogeriatrics sector, she has placed great emphasis on the recognition, assessment and management of cognitive disorders at a state and national level. She established the first dementia day care service outside the metropolitan area; setting up and delivering one of the early dementia pilot programs in order to establish a coordinated approach to delivering community mental health services to older persons.

She has also been a major influencer in the development of the NSW Dementia Action Plan and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of delirium care as a National Standard.

Currently as Nurse Practitioner Psychogeriatrics, Northern New South Wales Local Health District, Ms Moehead’s dedication and commitment to influencing the knowledge and skill of the healthcare workforce in delivering quality clinical care has earnt her the respect and acknowledgement from her patients, peers and the community of New South Wales.

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Pauline Margaret Nugent AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
East Melbourne, Victoria
For significant service to education, and to nursing.

Service includes:

Australian Catholic University
– Provost, since 2012.
– Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), 2011-2012.
– Dean of Health Sciences, 2007-2011.

Deakin University
– Inaugural Chair of Nursing Development, 2003-2006.
– Head, School of Nursing, 1997-2006.

Southern Health
– Chair, 2005-2009.
– Board Member, 2001-2009.

Australian Department of Health
– Member, National Nursing and Nursing Education Taskforce, 2004-2007.
– Member, Australian Health Workforce Advisory Committee, 2000-2007.

Australian Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery
– President, 1999-2003.
– Executive Member, 1999-2005.
– Member, Victorian and Tasmanian Deans of Nursing, 1997-2007.
– Chair, Victorian Deans of Nursing, 1997-1999.

Other
– Member of the Health Professions Education Standing Group, Victorian Department of Health, since 2013.
– Board Member, Eastern Health, 2009-2018.
– Member, Nurse Practitioner Implementation Committee, Victorian Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, 2000-2001.
– Chair, Education Sub-Committee, Nurse Recruitment and Retention Committee, Victorian Department of Health, 2000.

Awards and recognition includes:
– Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, 2009.

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Sabine Cornelia Phillips AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Port Melbourne, Victoria
For significant service to aged welfare, and to the legal profession.

Benetas Aged Care (Victoria)
– Director and Chair, Clinical Governance Committee, 2010-2012.
– Board Member, 2009-2012.

Uniting Agewell
– Board Member, since 2015.
– Member, Clinical Governance Committee, current.
– Member, Audit and Risk Committee.

Northern Health
– Board Member, 2007-2016.
– Member, Audit and Risk Committee, 2013-2016.
– Chair, Clinical Governance Committee, 2009-2013.

Other
– Board Member, Dementia Australia, 2016-2017.
– Board Member, Australian Children Education and Quality Agency, 2014-2017.
– Board Member, Wintringham Aged Care and Wintringham Housing.
– Fellow, Australian College of Nursing, current.

Professional
– Partner, Health and Aged Care Law, Gadens Lawyers, since 2016.
– Lawyer and Partner, Russell Kennedy Lawyers, 2004-2015.
– Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, current.

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Sheila Ellen Simpson OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Scone, New South Wales
For service to nursing.

Nursing
– Clinical Nurse Consultant and Tuberculosis Coordinator, South Western Sydney Local Health District, 1987-2018.
– Clinical Nurse Consultant, South Western Sydney Local Health District, 1987-2018.
– Nurse, Liverpool Chest Clinic, Liverpool Hospital, 1984-2018.
– Charge Nurse, Randwick Chest Hospital (now known as Prince of Wales Hospital), 1972-1984

Other
– Member, Projects Advisory Group for the Australian Respiratory Council, for many years.
– Member, NSW TB Advisory Committee.
– Co-Author, ‘Recurrence of tuberculosis at a Sydney chest clinic between 1994 and 2006: reactivation or reinfection?’

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Please let me know via the comments section below if I missed any nurses on the 2020 Australia Day Honours List. Naturally, I’m happy to correct any oversights.

Paul McNamara, 26 January 2020

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Nurses on the 2019 Australia Day Honours List

Extracting information from www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2019-honours-list, below are the Nurses named on the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

Janice Maree Ablett OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Drouin, Victoria
For service to the community through alcohol and drug dependence groups.

Service includes:

Founder and President, The Ice Meltdown Project, since 2014.
Endorsed Enrolled Nurse, current.

Awards and recognition include:
Nominee, Victorian Local Hero Australian of the Year, 2018.

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Sanchia Kaye Aranda AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Alexandria, New South Wales
For significant service to community health, particularly to cancer control and nursing.

Service includes:

Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Australia, since 2015.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Services and Information, NSW Cancer Institute,
2011-2015
Director of Cancer Nursing and Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 2001-2015.
Special Professor, School of Nursing, University of Nottingham, UK, 2004-2010.
Head, Department of Nursing, University of Melbourne, 2006-2011 and Deputy Head, 1997-2001.
Associate Professor, Palliative Care Nursing, Centre for Palliative Care, 1997.

President, Union of International Cancer Control, since 2016 and Board Member, since 2010.
President, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, 2006-2010 and Board Member, 1992-2012.
Board Member, International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting, since 2016.
Member, National Cancer Expert Reference Group, Commonwealth Department of Health.
Member, Oncology Clinical Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council, since 2016 and Member, Palliative Care Research Working Committee, 2004-2008.
Member, Data and Research Advisory Committee, Cancer Australia.
Member, Cancer Monitoring Advisory Group,
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, since 2015.
Reviewer, Australian Research Council.

Awards and recognition includes:
Honorary Professor, Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney
Honorary Life Fellow, Cancer Nursing Society of Australia, 2017.
Recipient, Distinguished Merit Award, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, 2016.
Distinguished Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 2013
Recipient, Nursing Excellence Award, Cancer Nursing Society of Australia, 2009.
International Fellow, American Academy of Nurses, 2009.
Bonnie Bullough Lecture, School of Nursing, University of Buffalo, USA, 2006.
Royal Tiffany Lectureship, Royal Marsden Hospital, UK, 2001.
Recipient, International Award for Contributions to Cancer Care, US Oncology Nursing Society, 2001.

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Jan Maree Becker AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Yandina Creek, Queensland
For service to community health through neonatal organisations, and to aviation.

Service includes:

Neonatal organisations:
Founder, Midwife Vision, current.
Instructor, Neonatal Resuscitation, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, current.
Clinical Midwife, Amana Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, current.
Nurse, Buderim Private Hospital, July 2013.
Former Nurse, Nelson Polytechnic, Nelson, New Zealand.
Former Registered Nurse, Renal and Plastic Ward, Tauranga, New Zealand.
Former Midwife, King George V Hospital/Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Former Midwife, Neonatal Intensive Care, John Spence Nursery, King George V
Memorial Hospital/Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Former Midwife, Kimbe Maternity, Papua New Guinea.
Chair, Cherish Foundation and Deputy Chair, Finance and Audit Committee.

Aviation:
Board Member and Treasurer, Helicopter Association International, since 2015.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Becker Helicopters, since 1996.

Awards and recognition include:
Outstanding Alumnus, University of Sunshine Coast, 2017.
Recipient, Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Owner Award, 2014.
Recipient, National Telstra Medium Business Awards, 2013.
Recipient, Queensland Premier’s Innovation Export Award, 2012

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Victoria Anne Caton CSC
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)
New South Wales
For outstanding devotion to duty in the field of Defence nursing and personnel support.

Lieutenant Commander Caton demonstrated outstanding devotion to duty as a Nursing Officer and Member Support Coordinator. Her dedication to supporting injured and ill members of the Royal Australian Navy in their return to the workforce or assisting with their transition to civilian life when they can no longer serve, has directly contributed to the wellbeing of these members and their families during times of significant stress.

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Doseena Fergie OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Dalyston, Victoria
For service to community health.

Service includes:

Woor-Dungin:
Member, Aboriginal Advisory Committee, current.
Past Treasurer and Committee Member, up until 2016.

Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association:
President, 2009-2014.
Founding Member, 2009.

First 1000 Days Australia:
Councillor, current.

Founding Member, Boorndawan Willam Healing Service.

Founding Member, Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place.
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Australian Catholic University, Melbourne:
Lecturer & Early Career Researcher – speciality: Indigenous Health and Culture, current.
Lead, Building Cultural Capacity Project – current.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation:
Member, Victorian Branch, current.

Inaugural Fellow, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, since 2016.

Department of Health, Victoria:
Executive Member, Eastern Metropolitan Region ‘closing the health gap plan’, 2009-2013.

Eastern Health:
Clinical Care Coordinator, Indigenous Health Team, Yarra Valley Community Health, 1999-2010.
Founder,’Good Food, Great Kids’, Indigenous Community Nutrition Project, 2002-2004, Awardee, Excellence in community engagement, Victorian Public Healthcare Award, 2007.

Awards and recognition includes:
Citizen of the Year, Yarra Ranges Council, 2017.
Inductee, Victorian Honour Roll of Women, 2016.
Awarded, Churchill Fellowship, 2016.
NAIDOC Eastern Metropolitan Region Indigenous Elder Award, 2011.
Yarra Ranges Council Acknowledgement for Health and Wellbeing Work Award, 2010.
Victorian State Nurse Excellence Award, 2009.
Australian Thanksgiving Day Award, 2007 for work in the Indigenous community.
NAIDOC Community Recognition Certificate, 2007.
NAIDOC Community Award, 2005.

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Dulcie Gladys Flower OAM, AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
New South Wales
For significant service to the Indigenous community, and to the 1967 Referendum Campaign.

Service includes:

Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Limited at Redfern:
Board Member, since approx. 2002.
Former Registered Nurse.
Involved in the establishment of the Cooperative, July 1971.

Former Board Member, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance.
Activist for Indigenous rights, health and social welfare, ongoing.

Campaigner, 1967 Referendum (on the proposal to include Aboriginal people in the census,
and to allow the Commonwealth government to make laws for Aboriginal people).

Honorary Member, New South Wales College of Nursing.
Former Board Member, Carers New South Wales.
Board Member, Bangarra Dance Theatre, for 9 years from establishment.
Has served on a range of expert committees and working panels at the local, state and
national level.

Awards and recognition include:
Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, 1994.

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Sally Anne Garratt OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Victoria
For service to nursing.

Service includes:

Nursing:
Founder, Clinical Support Unit, Caulfield General Medical Centre, 2001.
Associate Professor of Gerontic Nursing, La Trobe University, since 2001.
Member, Australian Association of Gerontology, 1987-2006.
Consultant, Aged Care Home Care Implementation, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, 1996-1997.
Former Board Member, Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care.
Former Consultant, Montefiore, Royal Freemasons’, Bundoora Aged Care, Vision Australia.

Dementia Australia:
Board Member, current.
Author, Understanding Dementia Care and Sexuality in Residential Facilities, 2010.

Australian College of Nursing:
Victorian Chair, 2000-2004.
Representative, National Aged Care Alliance Committee, 2000.
Member, Collegian Editorial Panel, 2 years.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT):
Associate Dean, Faculty of Nursing, 1995-1997.
Associate Professor Gerontological Nursing, 1992-1997.
Head, Department of Community and Mental Health Nursing, 1987-1995.
Head, Department Primary Health Care Practice, 1995.
Vice Dean, School of Nursing, Phillip Institute of Technology (prior to merger with
RMIT)

Awards and recognition include:
Distinguished Member, Australian Association of Gerontology, 2005.
Distinguished Life Fellow, Australian College of Nursing, 2004.
Fellow, Australian College of Nursing, 1980.
Doctor of Nursing (Honoris Causa), La Trobe University.
RMIT Quality and Improvement Award.
Honorary Member, Alzheimer’s Australia (Tasmania)
Florence Nightingale Scholarship.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Scholarship.
Centaur Memorial Scholarship for Nurses.

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Glyndia Joyce Gee OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Kerang, Victoria
For service to the community of Kerang.

Service includes:

Co-ordinator, Winter Wonderland Debutante Ball, since 1990.
Volunteer Canteen Manager, Kerang Christian College, 2013-2018 (720 hours per year for 5 years)
Canteen Volunteer, Kerang Technical High School, since 2004.
Volunteer Treasurer, Kerang Community Centre, from August 2018.
Canteen Volunteer, St Joseph’s Primary School in Kerang, approximately 1995-2012.
Secretary, Kerang Karate Club, for 10 years.
Volunteer, St Vincent de Paul Society Op Shop Kerang, current.
Past Member, Kerang Show Society Committee.
Life Member, Kerang Highland Dance Society.
Registered Nurse, Barham Hospital, since 1999.

Victorian State Emergency Service:
Controller, Kerang Unit, since 2017.
Volunteer, since 1999.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Senior Citizen of the Year, Gunnawarra Shire Council, 2017.
Life Member, Winter Wonderland Debutante Ball Committee.
National Medal, for service to Victorian State Emergency Service.
Nellie McGillray Award, for bedside manner in nursing, 1998.

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Dawn Gilchrist OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia
For service to community health.

Mrs Gilchrist is a Yamatji woman.

Service includes:

Early Years and Parent Support Coordinator, Wadjak Northside Community Group, since 2016.

Australian Red Cross (WA) 2009 -January 2016:
Community Development Manager.
Team Leader, Personal Helpers and Mentors (PH & M).
Manager, Regional Office.

WA Country Health Services, Goldfields:
Regional Aboriginal Health Promotion Coordinator, 2007-2009.
Regional Aboriginal Health Coordinator, 2003-2007.

Coordinator, Aboriginal Health, East Perth Public and Community Health Unit, Royal Perth Hospital, 1995-January 2003.
Lecturer/Tutor, School of Nursing, Curtin University of Technology, 1991-1995.
Former Federal Aboriginal Board Member, Churches of Christ.
Registered Nurse, Perth Aboriginal Medical Service, 1988-1992.

Awards and recognition includes:
Meritorious Award, Red Cross, 2015.
Vice-Chancellors List, Curtin University.
NAIDOC Karlkurla Award, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Employee Section (Kalgoorlie) 8 July 2013.

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Lynette Noelle Grubwinkler AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Queensland
For significant service to international eye health initiatives as a clinical consultant,
and to ophthalmic nursing.

Service includes:

Eye Care:
Ophthalmic Advisor and Volunteer, Youth with a Mission Medical Ships (YWAM), Fiji and Papua New Guinea, since 1998.
Clinical Advisor and Volunteer, East Timor Eye Project, National Eye Centre, Dili, Timor Leste, 2017-2018.
Clinical Consultant, Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand, National Eye Centre, Dili, Timor Leste, 2015-2016.
Clinical Consultant, Lighthouse for Christ Eye Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya, May 2006.

Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association, Queensland Branch:
Former Executive Committee Member.
Member, current.

Member, International Development Group, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of
Ophthalmologists, current.

Professional:
Ophthalmic Nurse, Northside Eye Specialists and Queensland Eye Hospital, Brisbane.

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Nicole Danielle Johnston OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Barton, Australian Capital Territory
For service to nursing.

Service includes:

Clare Holland House:
Palliative Aged Care Nurse Practitioner, since 2014.
Nurse, Home Based Palliative Care Community Service, 2003-2007.
Nurse, ACT Hospice.

Canberra Hospital:
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, 2010-2014.
Nurse, Calvary ACT, 2003-2007.

Registered Nurse, since 1989.
Member, Palliative Care Australia, current.

Education:
Guest Lecturer, Australian Catholic University.
Guest Lecturer, University of Canberra.
Co-Author and Contributor, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care Journal.

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Colin Bruce Lott OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Watanobbi, New South Wales
For service to the community through a range of roles.

Service includes:

St John Ambulance New South Wales:
Assistant Commissioner – Operations, since 2012.
Regional Superintendent, 2004-2012.
Former Divisional Superintendent.
Former Regional Nursing Officer.
Former Regional Staff Officer.
Former Divisional Nursing Officer.
Member, St John Council of New South Wales, current.

Professional:
Chief Inspector, Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command,
New South Wales Police Force, since 1987.
Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, Hornsby Hospital, since 1999.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Commander of the Order of St John, 2013 (Admission, 2000; Officer, 2009).
Recipient, 1998 – Fourth Bar to the St John Service Medal, St John Ambulance New
South Wales, 2014 (First Bar, 1998; Second Bar, 2003; Third Bar, 2008).
Recipient, 12 Year Service Medal, St John Ambulance New South Wales, 1993.
Inductee, Honorary Life Membership, St John Ambulance New South Wales, 1992.
Recipient, Certificate of Merit, St John Ambulance New South Wales, 1991.

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Helen Frances MacArthur OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Broome, Western Australia
For service to community health.

Service includes:

Nursing: Community Health Nurse Manager, Broome Community Health, 2005-2016.
School Health Nurse, Broome, 1994-2005.
Community Nurse, Gordon Downs, 1976-1980.
Former Registered Nurse Midwife, Halls Creek Hospital, 1980-1982.
Former School Health Nurse, Halls Creek Community Health, 1983-1994.

Broome Bird Observatory:
Volunteer, since 1994.
Former Chairman, 8 years.

Awards and recognition include:
Western Australia’s Children’s Hero Award, National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2009.

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Elizabeth Anne Mason AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Northern Territory
For significant service to nursing, and to the community of the Northern Territory.

Service includes:

Charles Darwin University (previously Northern Territory University):
Head, School of Nursing, 1997-2000.
Past Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing.
Chair, Academic Board, 2001-2003.
Member, Academic Board, 2000-2006.
Founder and Curator, Nursing Museum, since 1987.

Federation of College Academics:
National Executive, 1986-1990.
President, Northern Territory Branch, 1989-1991
National Council Member, 1984-1991.

President, Unions NT, 2000-2004.

Museums Australia:
National Council Member, 2013-2015.
Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, Northern Territory Branch, since 2003.

Community roles:
Board Member, Anglicare Northern Territory, 2009-2016.
Member, Northern Territory Anzac Community Advisory Committee, 2012-2013.
Member, Advisory Council of the Ageing, Northern Territory Government, 2006-2008.
Honorary Secretary and Public Officer, History Society of the Northern Territory, since 2003.
Honorary Secretary, Northern Territory Euthanasia Society, since 2006.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Unions NT, 2010.
Life Member, National Tertiary Education Union, 1997.
Fellow, Royal College of Nursing Australia, 1981-1998.
Recipient, Centenary Medal, 2003.

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Beverly Rose Morton OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Birdsville, Queensland
For service to the community.

Service includes:

Community
Betoota Race Club and Social Club:
Treasurer, 2011-2016.
Secretary, 1995-2010 and 1980-1991.
Inaugural Member, 1979.
Life member.

Member, Boulia Bedourie Birdsville Branch, Isolated Children’s Parents Association, 1982-2012.
Various Officer Bearer positions, Mount Isa School of the Air, Isolated Children’s Parents Association, 1985-1995.
Member, Priority Country Area Programme, 1987-1995.
Secretary, Birdsville Social Club, 1978-1990.

Health
Birdsville Health Clinic:
Nurse and community based worker, 2005-2014.
Administration officer, 2013-2014.

Advocate, Local Ambulance Committee, 2002-2011.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Citizen of the Year, Diamantina Shire Council, 1989.
Senior Sporting Administrator Award, 2013, 2004 and 1998.
Recipient, Centenary Medal, ‘for distinguished service to the community’, 2001.

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Holly Louise Northam OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Fadden, Australian Capital Territory
For service to medicine through a range of roles.

Service includes:

Director, ShareLife, five years.
Helped establish the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority.

ACT Health:
Organ and Tissue Donor Coordinator, since 2002.
Involved with the Restorative Justice Program.
Founding Member and Director, Donor Families Australia, since 2011.

Faculty of Health, University of Canberra:
Assistant Professor, Critical Care Nursing, 2010.
Senior Lecturer.
Course Convenor, Bachelor of Nursing.

Awards and recognition includes:
Donor Families Australia Award, 2016.
Special Commendation, University of Canberra Nurse’s Society, 2013.
Ben Wiseman Award for Healthcare, ACT Chief Minister’s Awards for Organ Donation Awareness, 2010.
Churchill Travelling Fellowship, 2006.

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Kerry Ann Peart OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Victoria
For service to nursing.

Service includes:

Co-ordinator, Barwon Health Midwifery Group Practice, since 2012.
Inaugural Program Director, Bachelor of Midwifery Course, Griffith University, 2010-2012.
Former Coordinator, Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Program, University of Ballarat.
Member, Australian College of Midwives, current.
Registered Midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency, since 1977.
Author,’Managing Labour Pain Safely‘, research paper

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Joan Janice Ryan OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Marrickville, New South Wales
For service to nursing.

Service includes:

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital:
First designated Palliative Care appointment in New South Wales, 1988.
Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant, current.
Founder, Death Review, 2009.
Rural and Remote Palliative Care Nurse Forum.

Palliative Care New South Wales:
Member, Management Committee, since 2004.
Chair, Education Sub-Committee, current.
Chair, Awareness and Communications Sub-Committee, current.

Nursing – General:
Palliative Care Nurse Consultant, Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, since 2000.
Member, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, since 1994.
Executive Member, Australasian Palliative Link International, current.
Palliative Care Nurse Consultant, International Education Programs, Timor-Leste, Nauri, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia.
Former Contributor, NSW Health Education and Training Institute.
Former Lecturer, School of Nursing, Sydney University.
Lecturer and Advisor, Australian College of Nursing, Palliative Care, current.
Presenter, Palliative Care Nurses Australia Conference, Asian Pacific Forums and Montreal Whole Person Conferences, Canada.

Awards and recognition include:
International Nurses Award, 2011.
Quiet Achiever Award, Palliative Care New South Wales, 2010

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Dawn Leonie Thorp AO
Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Myrtle Bank, South Australia
For distinguished service to nursing, and to medicine, in the field of haematology, as an expert clinician and mentor.

Service includes:

Mentor, South Australian BloodSafe Programme, SA Health, since 2002.

Member, World Federation of Haemophilia Nurses Committee, 1996-2002.

Former Co-Founder, Australian Haemophilia Nurses Group.
Former Member, Australian Society of Transfusion.
Former Council Vice President, Haemophilia Foundation Australia.
Former Contributor, Apheresis Graduate Certificate Curriculum, University of Adelaide.

Leukaemia Foundation Australia:
Coordinator, establishing South Australian Branch, 1999.
Volunteer, since 2002.

Australian Haemophilia Nurses Group:
Co-Founder, since 1988.
Former Inaugural Chairman, 6 years.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion:
Co-Author, Guidelines for the Administration of Blood Components Transfusion, 2004.
Member, since 1993.
Former Member, Science Subcommittee.

Australian and New Zealand Apheresis Association:
Former Coordinator, Guidelines Working Group.
Former Member, Guidelines for Education Working Party.
Former Foundation Member.

Royal Adelaide Hospital:
Nurse Consultant, Haematology Unit, 1983-2002.
Apheresis Nurse, 1977-1983.
General Nurse, 1960 and 1969-1977.

Awards and recognition include:
Dawn Thorp Annual Oration, Central Adelaide Local Health Network, 2015.
Life Member, Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion, 2003.
Recipient, Jennifer Ross Award, Haemophilia Foundation Australia, 1999.
Life Membership, Haemophilia Foundation of South Australia, 1998.
Life Governor, Haemophilia Foundation Australia, 1995.

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Diane Esma Twigg AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Subiaco, Western Australia
For significant service to nursing through a range of leadership, education and
advisory roles.

Service includes:

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University:
Executive Dean, since 2016.
Professor of Nursing and Head of School, 2009-2016.
Published more than 40 peer reviewed research papers.

Australian College of Nursing:
Former Representative, Nursing Leadership Bank of Experts, International Council of Nurses.
President, 2005-2007.
Vice-President, 2003-2005.
Former Board Member.
Fellow, since 2003.
Member, since 1995.

Commonwealth Department of Health:
Former Australian College of Nursing Representative, Health Care Efficiency Advisory
Committee, National Health Performance Authority.
Member, representing the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, National Nursing and
Midwifery Education Advisory Network.

International Congress on Innovations in Nursing:
Organising Committee Member, current.
Founder, 2003.

Western Australia Health:
Board Member, Child and Adolescent Health Services, since 2017.
Former Acting Chief Nurse.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital:
Executive Director of Nursing Services, 1995-2008.
Research Consultant, Centre for Nursing Research, current.

Health – other:
Executive Director of Nursing Services, North Metropolitan Health Service, 2002-
2005 and 2007-2008.
Former Deputy Presiding Member, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Western Australia.
Midwife, since 1979.
Nurse, since 1974.

Awards and recognition includes:
Inductee, Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll, Western Australian Nursing and Midwifery
Excellence Awards, 2017.

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Lydia Ann Visintin OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Camperdown, New South Wales
For service to nursing.

Service includes:

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Melanoma Institute Australia, since 2016.

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital:
Clinical Nurse Consultant (Melanoma), since 2006.
Nursing Unit Manager, 2000-2006.
Registered Nurse, since 1990.

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Kathryn Rosemary Woolridge OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Belmont, Queensland
For service to nursing.

Service includes:

Northern Territory Remote Health:
Remote Area Nurse, 2011.
Continuous Quality Improvement Facilitator, 2010-2011.
General Practice Nurse, 2008-2009.

Other:
Committee Member, Queensland Chapter, Australian College of Nursing, since 2007.
Registered Nurse and Team Manager, Northern Territory Emergency Initiative, 2007-2008.
Clinical Nurse, Community Hospital Interface Program, 2006.
Community and Primary Health Nurse, Roxby Downs Health Service, 2000-2005.

Awards and recognition includes:
Excellence Award for Nursing Clinical Practice, South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, 2005.
Recipient, Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award, Roxby Downs City Council, 2002.
Certificate of Commendation Cyclone Larry Response, 2006.

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Please let me know via the comments section below if I missed any nurses on the 2019 Australia Day Honours List. I’m happy to correct any oversights.

Paul McNamara, 26 January 2019

Short URL: meta4RN.com/Honours2019

Why on earth would a mental health nurse use social media?

Here’s my contribution to Chapter 15 “E-Mental Health” in “Mental Health: A Person-Centred Approach, 2nd edition.”

There is a famous quote attributed to author, speaker and Harvard Business School graduate Charlene Li that states, “Twitter is not a technology. It’s a conversation. And it’s happening with or without you.” This is not unique to Twitter – the same notion applies to all of social media.

Over the years a lot of talk about healthcare matters and nursing has happened without including nurses. Since the emergence of social media, nurses don’t have to wait to be invited to join in these conversations. We nurses we can share our experience, knowledge and values with the world, whether the world want to hear us or not. To paraphrase author, feminist and media expert Jane Caro, social media allows nurses and midwives unmediated access to public conversations for the first time in history.

We would be foolish to let that opportunity slip by.

I’m a mental health nurse working in consultation liaison psychiatry in a busy general hospital in a regional city in Australia. People like me often go unheard in the “big picture” discussions. As a busy clinician, I’m not ever likely to pump-out dozens of journal articles or write books about my role.

Clinical nurses like me are more likely to share ‘war-stories” with each other. A lot of interesting, funny, sad and (sometimes) scary things happen on the frontline. There’s a strong oral tradition of story-telling amongst nurses and midwives, and we learn a lot from each other. Social media allows us to share our stories beyond our workplace and beyond our immediate workmates. We can share our stories with nurses, midwives, and anyone else who is interested all over the world. As our circles of communication and connection become wider and more diverse, our minds expand, we learn more, we have an opportunity to reflect on our work more. It’s a fun way to do professional development.

Some of your patients, some of your colleagues, and some of your current or future employers will use a search engine like google to find out more about you. They probably won’t be malicious or creepy. They’ll probably just be idly curious. Either way – no matter their intent – don’t you want to be in charge of what they find?

I think it’s important to be clear and intentional when using social media. Nurses already know about boundaries and confidentiality, and are nearly always good at in the flesh. Sometimes nurses blur boundaries between their social life and professional life online. That’s where it gets tricky.  I suggest having two distinctly different social media identities: a personal one for family and friends, and a professional one for patients, colleagues and employers.

Personal use of social media is where you share photos of holidays and parties with family and friends on services like Facebook or Instagram. Relax. Have fun with it. Don’t bother naming your employer, or talk too much about work there. It’s a place to enjoy yourself. Do you have to use your actual name? A nickname will increase your privacy.

Professional use of social media is based on your area of expertise and interests. This use of social media allows you to share information and interact with other individuals and organisations that have the similar interests. Here you don’t want to hide your light under a bushel: use your real name.

I have a blog that I usually update every month or so with posts that are of interest to me: have a look at meta4RN.com if you’re interested in what a nursing blog looks like. It’s not the only nursing blog out there – in fact, there are many nursing blogs that are much fancier and more regularly updated than mine. Visit the NurseUncut Blogroll (www.nurseuncut.com.au/blog-roll) to track down others.

Twitter is a fantastic way to connect with people all over the world. The best way to learn about Twitter is to follow people who are already using it – please feel free to follow me via my Twitter handle: @meta4RN. By way of explanation, “meta4RN” is a homophone: read it as either “metaphor RN” or “meta for RN”.

I also use the meta4RN handle on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Prezi and other online accounts. Nearly all of the things I share on these social media platforms relate to my professional life, but there’s room for a bit of playfulness and fun too. Professional doesn’t have to be boring. Just check on yourself as go, and ask, “is this something I want my patients, colleagues and managers to see?” If not, either it belongs on your personal social media accounts, or shouldn’t be posted at all.

So, back to the opening question: why on earth would a mental health nurse use social media? To connect and collaborate with others, for professional development, to make sure that ordinary clinical nurses have a voice online, and to expand my horizons. Also, it doesn’t hurt that when people do search for me online I am in control of what is seen.

Explainer

You may be wondering why I’m sharing this excerpt now. Simple – I’m drawing attention to this news:

Being named best in category for “Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning Resource: blended learning (print and digital)” at the Educational Publishing Awards 2018 is a pretty big deal. The authors and editors deserve to be congratulated.

I’m very grateful to Rhonda Wilson (aka @RhondaWilsonMHN) for inviting me to contribute to the book. It’s not false modesty to note that my contribution isn’t what won the book the award, but I’m pleased as punch to be part of it!

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Thanks for reading. While you’re at it, have a squiz at Rhonda’s blog: rhondawilsonmhn.com 🙂

Paul McNamara, 22nd September 2018

Short URL: meta4RN.com/book

References

Israel, S. (foreward by Li, C.). (2009). Twitterville: How businesses can thrive in the new global neighborhoods. New York: Portfolio.

Wilson, R. (contribution by McNamara, P.) . (2017). E-mental health. In Procter, N., Hamer, H., McGarry, D., Wilson, R., & Froggatt, T. (Editors.), Mental health : a person-centred approach, second edition (pp. 360-362). Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia.

Nurses on the 2018 Australia Day Honours List

Extracting information from www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2018-honours-list, below are the Nurses named on the 2018 Australia Day Honours List.


Sandra Joyce Berenger AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Cardiff, New South Wales
For significant service to nursing in the field of infection prevention and control, as a clinician and consultant, and to medical associations.

Service includes:

Hunter New England Local Health District:
District Infection Control Clinical Nurse Consultant and Nurse Manager, Infection Prevention Service, since 2005.
Infection Control Consultant, since 1983.
Board Member, Hunter Area Health Service, 1990-1993.
Infection Control Supervisor/Consultant, Hunter Area Health Service, 1983-2004.
Charge Sister, Royal Newcastle Hospital, 1972-1981.

Project Officer, New South Wales Department of Health, 1990-1992, to develop infection control policy and education for health care workers in HIV/AIDS.
A range of short term international consultancy roles for AIDS and Infection Control, World Health Organisation, 1989-1992.

Assisted with establishment and work of Mackillop House (a respite care centre for HIV patients) in conjunction with Sisters of St Joseph and Make Today Count, 1989-2000.

Australian Infection Control Association (now Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control):
President, 1991-1993.
Life Member.

Fellow, Infection Control Association of New South Wales (FICA).

Awards and recognition includes:
Co-Recipient, Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Winner, Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Quality Improvement Awards, 2015.
Recipient, Community Award, AIDS Council of New South Wales.

 

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Margaret Ann Bradford-Seeley OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Bindoon, Western Australia
For service to community health in Western Australia.

Service includes:

Registered Nurse, Western Australia and Northern Territory Section, Royal Flying Doctor Service, circa 1990s-2005.

Registered Nurse, Road Primary Health Care Program, Royal Flying Doctor Service on the Road, 2008-2014.

Lions Cancer Institute:
Board Member, 2 years.
Skin Cancer Screening Consultant, since 2005. Member, Lions Club of Gingin Chittering.

Served in a range of roles with Gingin-Chittering Anglican Parish including as: Lay Pastoral Minister.
Treasurer.
Member, Rural Executive Committee.

Australian Women Pilots’ Association: President, Western Australia Branch, 2008. Member, Victorian Branch, 1994.

Committee Member, Bindoon Arts and Crafts Centre, current. Steward, Bindoon Agricultural Show, current.

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Charlotte Francis Champion De Crespigny AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Netherby, South Australia
For significant service to nursing, and to nurse education, particularly in the field of drug and alcohol care, and to Indigenous health projects.

Service includes:

University of Adelaide:
Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, since 2015. Professor of Drug and Alcohol Nursing, 2008-2015.

Flinders University and Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia:
Joint Chair, Professor of Drug and Alcohol Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery and Alcohol Services SA, 2000-2008.
Clinical Nurse, Nurse Educator and Frontline worker trainer and Aboriginal workforce, 1988- 2000.
Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, 1996-2000.

Leader and co-author, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: Clinical Guidelines for Nurses and Midwives statewide, 2003 and 2012 (revised).

Leader, co-author and educator, National Alcohol Treatment Guidelines for Indigenous Australia, Commonwealth Department of Health competitive funding, 2005-2009.

Leader, co-author and researcher, Comorbidity in the North (CAN), Commonwealth competitive funding and SA Mental Health funding, 2011-2014.

Leader, Coordinated Aboriginal Mental Health Care (CAMHC), Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Program, 2000-2004 and 2005-2009.

Convenor, First International Conference for Drug and Alcohol Nurses and Midwives, Adelaide, 2003.

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia: Member, since 1991.
Past President.
Life Member.

Annual Adams, M, de Crespigny, C, and Harvey Oration, since 2011.

Founder, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Nurses and Midwives Statewide Action Group, 2000-2015.

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Glenys Elizabeth Chapman OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Late of Kellyville, New South Wales
For service to nursing, and to international outreach programs.

Service includes:

Open Heart International:
Leader, Burn Surgery Project, Nepal, 2014- 2017. Member, Burn Surgery Project, Nepal, 2004-2017. Member, Nepal Plastic Surgery Program, 1996-2004. Member, Cleft Lip and Palate Team.
Volunteer, 1996-2017.

Volunteer/Fundraiser/Supporter, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Nepal, 2004- 2017, (The Agency has supported education improvement initiatives for children in Nepal including sponsorship of over 160 children to attend school and upgrades to educational facilities).

Nursing Unit Manager, Surgical Centre, Sydney Adventist Hospital, 1995-2017.

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Karen Michelle Glaetzer AM
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Torrensville, South Australia
For significant service to nursing, particularly in the field of palliative care, to people living with Motor Neurone Disease, and to professional groups.

Service includes:

Southern Adelaide Palliative Care Service:
Palliative Care Nurse, since 1988.
Was the first Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner to be endorsed in Australia, 2003.

Palliative Care Nurses Australia: First Elected Chair, 2006. Treasurer, several years.

Foundation Fellow, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.

Member, Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Australia (MND SA), since 1991.

Panel Member, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, current.

Academic Status, School of Medicine, Flinders University, current and has been involved with curriculum development.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Nina Buscombe Award, ‘for commitment to people living with MND’. Recipient, Churchill Fellowship, 2013.
Recipient, Inaugural South Australian Palliative Care Nurse Award, 2009. Recipient, SA Premier’s Nursing Scholarship, 2000.

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Margaret Mary Miller OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Warwick, Queensland
For service to the community of Warwick.

Service includes:

Warwick and District Branch, Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland (now Leukaemia Foundation of Australia):
Founder and President, 1985-2015.
District Support Person, current.

Life Member.
Member, Warwick Show & Rodeo Society Ladies Auxiliary, since 1977; Life Member.

Registered Nurse, Warwick Benevolent Society, 1997-2015. Registered Nurse, 50 years.

Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Professor Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award, Warwick Lions Club, 2010. Recipient, Paul Harris Award, Rotary Club of Warwick, 2010.

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Susan Lindley Oakey OAM
Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Bolton Point, New South Wales
For service to aged welfare.

Service includes:

Mercy Community Services: Chair, 2008-2014.
Board Member, since 2005.

Chair, Mercy Aged Care Singleton, 2008-2014.

Anglican Church of New South Wales:
Director of Care, Anglican Care Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, 1995 – 1998. Director of Nursing, 1977-1984 and 1986-1995.
Matron, 1965-1968.

Former Member, Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
Past Parish Councillor, Toronto Anglican Church.
Diocesan Director of Aged Care Services, Samaritans Foundation, 1984-1986 and Volunteer, Toronto Community Relief Centre.

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Please let me know via the comments section below if I missed any nurses on the 2018 Australia Day Honours List. I’m happy to correct any oversights.

Paul McNamara, 26 January 2018

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

Short URL: meta4RN.com/ChangeTheDate 

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