2019 Aurora Award
Winner: Susan Markwell
Susan is a Flight Nurse employed by the Royal Flying Doctors 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 both 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 healthcare practice and a deserved winner of the 2019 CRANAplus Aurora Award.
2019 CRANAplus Award Winners
Excellence in Remote and Isolated Health Practice Award
Sponsored by James Cook university-Rural and Remote Health
Winner: Johanna Neville
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 Education or Research in Remote Health Award
Sponsored by Centre for Remote Health
Winner: Katie Pennington
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 RNs to provide healthcare 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 healthcare 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 Award:
Sponsored by Remote Area Health Corps
Winner: Tiffany Callanan
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.
Past Award Winners
Aurora Award: Monica Frain
Excellence in Remote and Isolated Health Practice Award: Natalie Thaiday
Excellence in Education/or Research in Remote Health: Torres and cape Nursing and Midwifery Education Team
Outstanding Novice/Encouragement Award: Desi Aji
Excellence in Mentoring in Remote and Isolated Health Award: Josh Stafford
Collaborative Team Award: Nurse Navigator Team
Aurora Award: Associate Professor Sue Lenthall
Excellence in Education/or Research in Remote Health: The Nursing Education Team, Torres & Cape Hospital & Health Service
Excellence in Remote and Isolated Health Practice Award: Ms Kathy Arthurs
Collaborative Team Award: Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan
Novice/Encouragement Award: Isabel Pearce
Excellence in Mentoring Award: Steve Brown
Aurora Award: Glenda Lucas
Excellence in Education/or Research in Remote Health: Tobias Speare
Excellence in Remote Health Practice Award: Rita Appelt
Collaborative Team Award: Cooper Basin RFDS Team
Novice/Encouragement Award: Daphne De Jersey
Excellence in Mentoring Award: Joanne Mahony
Aurora Award: Sandra McElligott
Excellence in Education/or Research in Remote Health: Sally Foxley
Excellence in Remote Health Practice Award: Annette Jones
Collaborative Team Award: Utira Kulintjaku (UK) Team, NPY Women’s Council
Novice/Encouragement Award: Benjamin Crough
Excellence in Mentoring Award: Pauline (Polly) Rubin
Aurora Award: Judy Whitehead
Excellence in Education/or Research in Remote Health: Annette Olsen
Excellence in Remote Health Practice Award: Dinah Northcott
Collaborative Team Award: Midwifery Group Practice, Central Australia & Apunipima Cape York Health Council’s Maternal and Child Health Team
Novice/Encouragement Award: Catherine Jurd
Excellence in Mentoring Award: Jonathon Wright
Aurora Award: Donna Hindmarsh
Excellence in Education/or Research in Remote Health: Vicki Gordon
Primary Health Care Champion Award: Yvonne Tan
Excellence in Remote Health Practice Award: Christine Foletti
Collaborative Team Award: Indian Ocean Territories Health Service
Novice/Encouragement Award: Emily Taylor
Excellence in Mentoring Award: Sheryl Alexander
Aurora Award: Sue Kildea & Karen Schnitzerling
Excellence in Remote Health Management Award: Lesley Pearson
Primary Health Care Champion Award: Debbie Thompson
Excellence in Remote Health Practice Award: Rebecca Vele
Collaborative Team Award: Frontier Services – Savannah Regional Health Service
Novice/Encouragement Award: Sarah Marsh
Aurora Award: Kary Sachse
Excellence in Remote Health Management Award: Monica Frain
Excellence in Mentoring in Remote Health Award: Theo Allan
Primary Health Care Champion Award: Katie Pennington
Excellence in Education and/or Research in Remote Health Award: Julia Stewart
Excellence in Remote Health Practice Award: Debbie Moon
Aurora Award: Isabelle Ellis
Clinical Excellence Award: Nazlin Remtula
Excellence in Primary Health Care Award: Sharon Liversey
Excellence in Mentoring Award: Selina Kulitja
Excellence in Remote Health Management: Emma Barritt
Aurora Award: Robyn White
Clinical Excellence Award: Doune Hepner
Excellence in Remote Health Management Award: John Wilson
Collaborative Team Award: Torres Strait Outer Islands remote area nurses
Excellence in Primary Health Care Award: Bev Hamerton
Novice/Encouragement Award: Lisa Hall
Excellence in Research and/or Education Award: Sue Lenthall
Aurora Award: Vicki Gordon
WA: Vanessa Page
NT: Sharon Weymouth
SA: Beth Hummerston
QLD: Bev Hamerton
VIC: Caitlin Steiner
Aurora Award: Libby Bowell
NT: Mary Stafford
TAS: Mark McKenna