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Nursing and Midwifery Symposium

District staff recognised for research achievements. 

A speaker at the lectern beside numerous awards for staff for the Nursing and Midwifery Symposium.
SydneyConnect Image: Sydney Local Health District Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Lance Takiari

The research achievements of nurses and midwives in Sydney Local Health District have been recognised, with winners of Excellence Awards named at the District’s annual Nursing and Midwifery Initiatives and Research Symposium.

The Director of Clinical Service Integration for Tresillian Family Care Centres, Deborah Stockton received the Outstanding Achievement in Nursing and Midwifery Research for her work in the field of child and family health nursing.

She works collaboratively with the District’s partners to design and develop services to address the needs of families, providing improved access to specialist child and family health care particularly in rural and regional NSW.

Her award was one of four Excellence Awards announced at the Symposium.

RPA Epilepsy Nurse Practitioner Sumika Ouchida received the Outstanding Achievement in Nursing and Midwifery Innovation and Practice Initiatives Award; Clinical Nurse Consultant at RPA’s Liver Transplant Unit Susan Virtue was named Best Novice Researcher; and RPA Aged Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Sally Delaney was named Best Novice Innovator.

RPA Clinical Research Midwife Alexandra Emerton received a special Symposium award for the Best Oral Presentation and Concord Hospital Nurse Practitioner Miranda Pye received an award for the Best Poster Presentation.

“All of our successes contribute to making Sydney Local Health District one of the top performing health districts in Australia,” Lance Takiari (pictured), the District’s Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, said.

“I am very proud of all of you and the ongoing extraordinary care that you provide for our patients, their families and our community 24-hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year,” he said.

The Symposium aims to contribute to the development and support of a research culture in Nursing and Midwifery Services across the District

The Symposium’s keynote speaker, Professor Brendan McCormack, who is the Head of The Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney, presented his research about the development of person-centred cultures, practices and processes.

Throughout the Symposium, nurses and midwives shared their research – stretching from learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic, burns care via telehealth; to the needs of palliative care patients and their families; and the delivery of inclusive care for LGBTIQ+ parents.