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Best palliative care workers recognised

Australia’s best palliative care workers were announced and awarded at an event attended by industry professionals last week.

The Palliative Care Australia (PCA) National Awards gala of 2017 was held in Adelaide, and saw five individual and two team awards presented to healthcare workers for outstanding innovation, talent and teamwork in the palliative care sector.

Individual award winners received $2000 to go towards professional development, while team award winners received $4000 for their group.

PCA chief executive Liz Callaghan said the awards would provide winners with development opportunities they may have otherwise missed out on.

“These awards offer these talented individuals and teams an even stronger platform and capability to continue their invaluable care and careers in palliative care,” she said.

“Palliative care workers in rural and remote areas don’t have access to the resources available in major settings, it’s vital to support them in the work they are doing.

“PCA aims to ensure that everyone accessing palliative care gets the support they need, and these awards put us a step closer to achieving that goal.”

Three new awards were included in the event to recognise the work of professionals in rural and remote areas.

Award winners:

Emerging Leader: Anna Holliday, project manager at Live Tasmania, Hobart TAS

Emerging Researcher: Diana Ferreira, medical doctor at Flinders University, Adelaide SA

Excellence in Palliative Care Rural and Remote: Lesley Forrester, regional palliative care coordinator at Great Southern Regional Specialist Palliative Care Service, Albany WA

Excellence in Palliative Care in an Aged Care Setting: Peter Jenkin, palliative care nurse practitioner: Aged Care at Resthaven Incorporated, Adelaide SA

Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer: Roger Lush, volunteer at Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, Adelaide SA

Outstanding Teamwork: Quality of Care Collaborative Australia (QuoCCA) Education Team at the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane QLD

Innovation in Palliative Care: Dying to Learn Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Care Search at Flinders University, Adelaide SA




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