Catholic Health Australia's Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award 2015: Fr Cormac Nagle OFM

Catholic Health Australia congratulates moral theologian Fr Cormac Nagle OFM who was awarded CHA’s highest honour, the Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award 2015, at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held at Parliament House, Canberra.

 The Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award takes the name of Sr Maria Cunningham RSC OAM who worked as a nurse, a nurse educator and a leader of Catholic health care ministries for all her working life. 

This year, Catholic Health Australia recognised the tireless efforts, the many years of countless contributions to Catholic health and pastoral care, as well as theological and educational work, and also ethical and bioethical work performed by Fr Cormac Nagle. 

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Catholic Health Australia's Outreach Health Care Award 2015 winner: St John of God Subiaco DAWN Program

Catholic Health Australia congratulates the team at the Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN), St John of God Subiaco Hospital, who were honoured with the CHA Award for Outreach Health Care 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

The Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network is a free service providing home-based support for individuals experiencing withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. In operation since 2001, DAWN fills a large gap in this home-based style of care. Regardless of its success, it is still the only provider of home-based drug and alcohol withdrawal services in Western Australia. 

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Catholic Health Australia's Excellence in Pastoral Care 2015 winner: Mary Ringstad

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Mary Ringstad who was honoured with the CHA Award for Excellence in Pastoral Care 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

Mary, who is the Pastoral Care Manager at Calvary Mater Newcastle, was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference in Canberra for over 17 years of dedicated service, ensuring spirituality remain a cornerstone of the provision of Catholic health care. 

Widely recognised as an outstanding provider of sensitive and compassionate pastoral and spiritual care, Mary and her dedication to the healing ministry is not only valued by staff and patients at Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle, but by the greater Newcastle and Hunter Region communities. 

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Catholic Health Australia's Leader in Positive Ageing 2015: Southern Cross Care (Vic) - Holistic Wellness Program

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Southern Cross Care (Vic) and its Holistic Wellness Program, honoured with the CHA Award for Leadership in Positive Ageing 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

The Holistic Wellness Program is a standout program, provided by Southern Cross Care (Vic), aimed at providing a calming, home-like environment for people living with dementia, one of the most vulnerable groups in society.  

The program is designed to provide individual, tailor-made care for each individual person. Modelled on a ‘smaller is better’ concept, Southern Cross Care (Vic) facilities are modelled to reflect a familiar home-like environment for the residents. 

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Catholic Health Australia's Nurse of the Year 2015: Megan McKechnie

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Megan McKechnie who was honoured with the CHA Award for Nurse of the Year 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

Megan was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference in Canberra for her dedicated and outstanding work in the treatment of patients with complex alcohol and drug complications, severe mental health issues, as well as for providing sensitive and compassionate care to the marginalised in-keeping with the ethos of Catholic health care provision.

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Catholic Health Australia's Emerging Leader 2015: Stephen Tippett

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Stephen Tippett who was honoured with the CHA Award for Emerging Leader 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

Stephen, who is the Manager of Food Services at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference for his standout leadership qualities, his dedicated service to patients’ health, his continued ability to provide strong but sensitive direction for staff with disabilities, and for his provision of exceptional care, in keeping with the Catholic mission.

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Health fund contracts must not harm quality

“Aggressive health fund contract negotiations are threatening the development across the health sector of appropriate measures and incentives to improve hospital safety,” warns Suzanne Greenwood, CEO of Catholic Health Australia.
 
Medibank Private’s self-proclaimed action to ‘flex its muscles’ in negotiations with private hospitals by introducing its own list of 165 ‘highly preventable’ adverse events risks derailing the work of the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).
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