August 1, 2023

Quarterly Staff Recognition Awards

This morning, Northern Health virtually hosted the third Quarterly Staff Recognition Awards for 2023 to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing work of our dedicated staff.

We once again had an outstanding response from our staff, with a number of nominations received across seven different categories.

Siva Sivarajah, Chief Executive, opened the ceremony by acknowledging the incredible work of our staff across the health service.

“Among our award winners today are staff who exemplify a strong and positive workplace culture, staying true to Northern Health’s values of “Safe Kind Together”, and who continue to show a genuine commitment to their patients,” he said.

“The number and standard of nominations for these awards were very high. I would like to acknowledge and congratulate all staff who received a nomination, along with those who took the time to nominate their peers and colleagues. “

Michelle Fenwick, Executive Director, People and Culture, presented the awards and she said it was an honour to help recognise and award staff who demonstrate excellence in the work they do each and every day.

“I am extremely proud to work in an organisation where staff are passionate and kind and turn up to work every day to provide outstanding care to our patients and community. We thank you all for your hard work and dedication.”

The Orthoptist team won the Innovation Award, for remodelling aspects of the model of care and making additional slots and revising access points for equipment to optimise patient flow and efficiency. This has resulted in an impressive increase in the last reporting quarter of 163 per cent.

The Patient Experience Award went to Michelle McNith, Imaging Bookings Clerk, for her exceptional patient focused interaction with clinicians and for her significant contribution to the seamless running of the Radiology department.

Dr Carol Chong, Intern Supervisor of Training, was nominated ten times, across two categories, and won the Education category for going above and beyond to provide the best education and support possible to all of the Interns at Northern Health.

Ward 9 nurses were the recipients of the Clinical Excellence Award for their remarkable work and determination to make a positive difference during the pandemic and for demonstrating unwavering commitment to the hospital and the community.

The Excellence in Safety Award went to our Drive Safe Program, for promoting safe driving among young, adult and older adult consumers living with a mental health condition. The Drive Safe Program has successfully provided services, capacity-built staff and supported embedding consumer driving in systems and processes across Northern Health Mental Health Division and North-Western Mental Health.

Dr Grace Yuan, Medical Intern, was the recipient of the Rising Star award for showing true commitment and passion in the provision of holistic care for patients. She was commended on her listening skills and showing compassion for patients, as well as being an exceptional team member and a great first responder.

Lastly, the Above and Beyond Award was presented to the Northern Health Foundation. The team was recognised for their incredible efforts of raising over $800,000, which has assisted in the purchase of state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology to enhance patient care and providing PhD scholarships to support ground-breaking medical research.

Big congratulations to all award winners today.

The Quarterly Staff Recognition Awards are proudly sponsored by BankVic and Northern Health Foundation.

To watch the ceremony, please click here.

Featured image: Top row left to right: Zeina Dayoub, Michelle McNith, Carol Chong and Sue Van Meeuwen.

Bottom row left to right: Catherine Palmer and Glen Dollman, Grace Yuan, Tatjana Dimoska, Kim Berger, Melissa Grenville and Margaret Rivette.