Scot MacDonald
15th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has congratulated Michelle Giles, a clinical nurse consultant in the Hunter New England LHD, awarded for her exemplary work at the fifth annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

Michelle was among 12 outstanding nurses and midwives who received awards from the Minister for Health Brad Hazzard at a ceremony on Thursday, September 14th at Parliament House.

Ms Giles was awarded the “Excellence in Innovation – Research” award for her innovative work at the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre in the Hunter New England LHD.

Michelle commenced her work as a midwife in the district in 1987 and combines her clinical expertise and advanced research skills to work with clinicians across all disciplines to explore and solve complex health dilemmas through research.

Mr MacDonald congratulated Michelle and all of the winners, chosen from 36 finalists, including 11 from regional and rural NSW.

“Our nurses and midwives in the Hunter region do an excellent job caring for patients every day of the year and I thank them all for their hard work and dedication,” Mr MacDonald said.

“These awards are a great opportunity to recognise those nurses and midwives who go well above and beyond to deliver world-class patient care in our public hospitals and facilities.”

The NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Jacqui Cross said there was a record 301 nominees this year recognised for their significant contribution to improving patient care.

“The number of nominations we receive has grown each year, a testament to the high regard in which nurses and midwives are held,” Ms Cross said.

“Thank you to those who took the time out to acknowledge a nurse or midwife who has touched their lives in a unique way.”

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