Mater Nurses and Midwives recognised for exceptional care

Four nurses and midwives have been recognised for their exceptional care at Mater’s inaugural Mater Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Awarded in four categories, named after past Mater nurses who have excelled in their area of expertise, the awards were presented at a ceremony held at Mater on 8 May 2019.

The award categories are:

  • Professor Catherine Turner medal—recognises those who inspire and motivate others through their innovations and achievements in healthcare
  • Professor Patricia Snowden medal—recognises those who demonstrate a deep understanding and compassion in their extraordinary care of patients and their families.
  • Sister Michaeleen Ahern medal—awarded to a team that achieves high standards of operational excellence and efficiencies that support quality patient care and outcomes.
  • Susie Wilson Leadership medal—awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership by fostering a culture of excellence and teamwork.

The Professor Catherine Turner medal was awarded to Haematology Oncology Clinical Nurse Annabel McKay for her genuine and contagious love of nursing.

“Annabel strives for excellence,” the nomination states.

“Excellence in the care she delivers, excellence in the students she mentors and excellence in her teaching as a Clinical Facilitator, Clinical Nurse and Team Leader.

“Her unwavering dedication to the healthcare community and those around her has led this extraordinary Mater nurse to be beloved by her colleagues, patients, their families and students, hoping one day to be just like her.”

Professor Patrician Snowden presented Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Keating with her award for her commitment, excellent clinical care, compassion and humility.

Specialising in respiratory care, Rebecca is most recognised for her work with young adults with cystic fibrosis.

“Bec has a unique ability to partner with young adults, so they understand how to live well with a chronic illness and feel safe when requiring care,” the nomination read.

“Bec’s compassion is contagious in that everyone who meets her, works with her, and has their care delivered by Bec is inspired to demonstrate kindness and compassion to others.”

The Sister Michaeleen Ahern medal was presented to the Breastfeeding Support Service recognising the team’s commitment to implementing innovative and safe practices to enhance the patient experience.

The Breastfeeding Support Service has undertaken a complete review of its service offering and developed a new model to better support women requiring access to this service.

“This initiative has doubled the number of women supported daily and the new model provides a resource to support midwives to improve the quality of breastfeeding support offered 24 hours a day,” the nomination states.

The Susie Wilson Leadership medal was awarded to Nurse Unit Manager Kerry Grafton at Mater Private Hospital Springfield.  Kerry was recognised for embracing excellent leadership skills in her first management role.

“Kerry leads by example, setting expectations for her staff and holding staff accountable.  She now has a high performing team and recognises good practice in other departments,” her nomination read.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Callan Battley said he was delighted that the standard of nominations was so high.

“We have an exceptional team of nurses and midwives here at Mater and I am delighted to have been able to instigate these awards to acknowledge our hard working and dedicated staff,” Callan said.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the award recipients and am proud to have you as part of the Mater team.”


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