Celebrating excellence at the Nursery and Midwifery Awards

A Darwin aged care nurse has been named the 2019 Territory Nurse/Midwife of the Year.

Jenny Messell is the Service Manager at the Juninga Centre in Coconut Grove which is operated by Australian Regional & Remote Community Services.

She has been working at the Juninga Centre for 23 years in which time she has shown dedication and commitment to a diverse group of Indigenous clients and their families.

She delivers the highest quality clinical care, is a role model for the values of respect and diversity and is a natural leader.

The winners of 2019’s Northern Territory Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards were announced at a gala dinner in Darwin tonight.

There were 132 nominations received across 10 categories.

The finalists are representative of the diversity of the Northern Territory’s Nursing and midwifery workforce.

The NT Administrator’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Brycen Brook, Director of Nursing and Midwifery – Primary Health Care, Central Australia Health Service.

Brycen started his nursing career in 1973 and has worked throughout the Territory including Alice Springs, Papunya, Ali Curung and Yuendumu.

Brycen has inspired Aboriginal people to train and work in the health sector, believing they must be employed as part of the team to deliver comprehensive health care to Aboriginal people.

Life-saving care for a patient with severe sepsis has led to Elizabeth Hondema from Gove District Hospital Emergency Department being awarded the Client Appreciation Award.

In December 2018 a client was rushed to Gove District. The client who was visiting Nhulunbuy from Victoria, had received a bi-lateral lung transplant in June 2018 and had become critically ill.

Source: NT Government