Health professionals across the Northern Territory have been recognised at the annual Flinders University Rural and Remote Health NT Supervisor Recognition Awards.
The Supervisor Recognition Awards acknowledge doctors, allied health professionals, midwives and nurses who supervise, teach and support health-based students. Seventeen health professionals have been recognised for their dedication and commitment this year.
Flinders University supports around 700 university students studying health courses at universities across from the country to complete a placement in the NT. Flinders provides accommodation and support to visiting students with health professionals supporting students on placement.
The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise the outstanding contributions to student education by health professionals in their workplace.
Rural and Remote Health NT Associate Professor Narelle Campbell says providing placements in rural and remote NT exposes students to the potential career paths available to them outside of metropolitan locations.
“Research has shown that students who undertake a placement in a rural or remote location are more likely to consider or return to work in a rural or remote area,” says Associate Professor Campbell.
“We can’t thank the doctors, allied health professionals, nurses and midwives enough for giving their time and sharing their knowledge with the students who undertake placements in their workplace.”
University Department of Rural Health NT Director Dr Anthea Brand said the Supervisor Recognition Awards were an important way to appreciate the role health professionals played in training students.
“Health care workers play a vital role in supervising and training students on placement,” says Dr Brand.
“Without their assistance, students would not get the rich immersion they require in their chosen career path to excel after graduation.”
Recipients were selected following a nomination process by students and colleagues. The awards are handed out during a video linked ceremony and consist of the Innovative Supervisor Award, Territory Ambassador Award, Commitment to Clinical Teaching Award and Champion Collaborator Award. An award for allied health, nursing/midwifery and medicine was given in each category.
LIST OF RECIPIENTS
Kylie Stothers, Katherine
Sam Heard, Alice Springs
Allied Health: Sarah Funston, Dietitian, Nhulunbuy (Galiwinku)
Nursing: Mary Edwards, Tennant Creek
Medicine: Rael Codron, Tennant Creek
Allied Health: Sarah McGuire, Occupational Therapist, Darwin
Medicine: Szeyen Tay, Darwin
Commitment to Clinical Teaching
Allied Health: James Rowland, Paramedic, Alice Springs
Nursing: Jeanine Young, Nhulunbuy
Medicine: Romany Erwin, Darwin
Outstanding Regional Supervisor
Allied Health: Jacinda Roberts, Nutrition & Dietetics, Alice Springs
Nursing: Junitta Richards, Alice Springs
Medicine: Wendy Zerk, Alice Springs
Allied Health: Frances Horan, Social Worker
Allied Health: Genna Stiles, Occupational Therapist, Darwin
Nursing: Samantha Clifford, Darwin
Medicine: Bronwyn Jackson, Darwin