A nurse who created a new model of outpatient care for cancer patients undergoing rehabilitation has been named Catholic Health Australia's inaugural Nurse of the Year.
In a gala ceremony at CHA's National Conference in Hobart, Tasmanian Health Minister Lara Giddings last night presented the award to Suzie Hooper, the national Group Manager, Clinical Projects at St John of God Healthcare.
"While Ms Hooper's work is to be commended on many fronts, it was her achievements in outpatient oncology rehabilitation that really stood out," CHA CEO Martin Laverty said.
"She developed a unique model of outpatient oncology rehabilitation involving group exercise and a support and education program, tailored to each individual patient.
"Ms Hooper's program improves emotional and functional quality of life for cancer patients, bringing them hope and dignity.
"It has generated widespread interest in the public and community health sectors."
The CHA Nurse of the Year award honours an outstanding nurse or nursing team working in Catholic Health and Aged Care services. It recognises the commitment of an individual nurse or team to serving patients with respect and dignity whilst acknowledging their individuality.
Highly commended were the Rehabilitation Unit nurses at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Rockhampton, Queensland, and Julie Sharrock, a psychiatric consultation liaison nurse at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.