Celebrating our Local Healthcare Heroes at the NSW Health Awards

NSW Regional Health Partners is proud of all health care staff in the Mid-North Coast, Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts who do an amazing job every day delivering excellence in patient care.  A number of our staff were recognised recently for their outstanding contributions in the 2023 NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards, held at NSW Parliament House on November 16.

The awards recognise the passion, dedication and contributions of nurses and midwives whose efforts positively impact health outcomes for patients, women and families across New South Wales.

NSW Health Nurse of the Year: Trent Williams

Congratulations to Trent Williams, a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cardiology at John Hunter Hospital, Hunter New England Local Health District, who was recognised as NSW Health Nurse of the Year. With a 20-year career, Trent’s significant contributions include leading the development and implementation of a national first model of care for cancer and heart disease patients.

This nurse-led care model focusses on early detection of cardiovascular issues in cancer patients, so that effective management strategies can be introduced as early as possible to prevent later complications. Strategies include education to improve awareness of modifiable risk factors and promote healthy lifestyle behaviours, and facilitating self-care and empowerment for cancer patients and survivors.

NSW Health Team of the Year (Nursing and/or Midwifery): Dorrigo Multipurpose Service, MNCLHD

Congratulations to the Dorrigo Nursing Team, at the Dorrigo Multipurpose Service on the Mid-North Coast, who were recognised for their outstanding team effort that benefits patients, women, consumers or community, and enhances patient care and staff experiences. The Dorrigo Nursing team was recognised for their inspiration and enthusiasm providing care to their local community, and the humour and joy they exhibit every day in the workplace.

We would also like to congratulate those nurses and midwives from across our region who were finalists in these awards:

  • Dr. Jennie King, Nursing and Midwifery Research Manager, Central Coast LHD
  • Megan Spear, Registered Midwife, Central Coast LHD
  • Emily Giltinan, Registered Nurse, Central Coast LHD

“Nurses and midwives play an integral role in patient care, being at the frontline supporting patients and their families through what can be enormously stressful and difficult times. Congratulations to Trent and all our other finalists on their invaluable contributions toward advancing healthcare standards. Their efforts reaffirm the depth of talent and commitment within the region’s healthcare community,” said A/Professor Nicolette Hodyl, Director at NSW Regional Health Partners.

For a full list of award winners and more information about the event, please visit: NSW Health Excellence Awards. Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards (nsw.gov.au)