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Meet the 2019 CRANAplus Award Winners
The CRANAplus awards are always a highlight for conference delegates, and in maintaining tradition they were awarded at the conference dinner in 2019. The awards are an opportunity to recognise those remote and isolated health professionals who have made a significant contribution to remote health and are outstanding health professionals. Congratulations to all of our award winners in 2019!
The prestigious Aurora Award was initiated by CRANAplus to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to remote health. This year’s recipient, Susan Markwell, was no exception and is an inspiration and leader in her field. Congratulations Susan!
Susan is a flight nurse employed by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Queensland Section. Commencing her career over 28 years ago, as the only flight nurse based in Charleville, she relocated to Cairns in the 1990s as the senior flight nurse to lead the nursing team in the provision of primary health care and aeromedical retrievals.
Susan is considered by her colleagues and peers as a shining light, a professional role model within remote health practice.
Well recognised for her astuteness and knowledge of the local service area, the people who reside there, as well as the communities RFDS serve.
She is well loved by her colleagues and patients and continues her work with great passion, drive and clinical excellence to provide the highest standard of patient care.
She works closely with the people of the Cape and north-western communities in primary health care, maternity services and emergency work and is highly-respected, extremely knowledgeable, an excellent team player and an experienced clinician. In addition, Susan manages an enormous workload and inspires great teamwork and team building.
Susan is known for her generosity of spirit and zest for mentoring of flight nurses, medical officers, RANs and allied health professionals.
She is a strong advocate for building the capabilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers through mentoring, education and training.
The tenaciousness Susan possesses is characterised by her commitment, passion and energy, from driving excellence in clinical care to leading high-performing teams, embracing change through state and national health care programs, initiatives and projects. In addition, she is an active participant in RFDS forums
and meetings for child health, maternity and emergency services at a local level within the Cairns health district.
As a highly-developed leader and a professional role model within RFDS and broader nursing profession, Susan is a dynamic woman who walks the talk, an outstanding shining light for remote and isolated health care practice and a deserved winner of the 2019 CRANAplus Aurora Award.
Excellence in Remote Health Practice Winner: Johanna Neville
Sponsored by: James Cook University – Rural and Remote Health
Johanna is a strong advocate for remote communities and the right of individuals to access quality primary health care and population health services.
Johanna is a Registered Nurse and Midwife employed by Apunipima Cape York Health Council. As a program advisor for maternal and child health, she provides professional leadership, strategic direction and clinical guidance to maternal and child health staff who deliver primary health care services to 11 remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Cape York. In 1993 Johanna became a Registered Nurse and, as an early career nurse, was drawn to rural, remote and isolated posts which broadened her experiences and expertise.
Excellence in Research in Remote Health Winner: Katie Pennington
Sponsored by: Centre for Remote Health
Katie has led a critical research project ‘Registered nurses in very remote Australia, medicines and the law’, investigating the impact that current medicines and poisons legislation has on the ability of registered nurses to provide health care in the very remote and isolated context.
Katie is a Registered Nurse, researcher who currently works with Punturkunu Aboriginal Medical Service in Western Australia where her role is focused on improving clinical systems, clinical governance and support for clinicians.
As well, Katie works a tad closer to home at St Helens District Hospital in Tasmania.
Katie’s first exposure to remote and isolated health care practice occurred in the late 1990s and early 2000s during her time as a medic in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Since leaving the ADF and becoming a Registered Nurse in 2005, Katie has worked predominantly in rural and remote locations in Western Australia with International Health and Medical Services in detention health, and in South Australia with SAHMRI Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit.
Outstanding Novice/Encouragement Winner: Tiffany Callanan
Sponsored by: Remote Area Health Corp
As an early career Registered Nurse, Tiffany continues to strive for excellence through professional development, and is considering undertaking further qualifications and CRANAplus’ remote emergency and maternity emergency courses in the near future.
Tiffany began her nursing career in aged care. In 2017 she completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University. In 2018 she entered a graduate nurse program and undertook remote placement at Pormpuraaw Primary Health Care Clinic in the west coast of Gulf Carpentaria, where she remains as the clinical nurse.