Professional Education Forum and Awards 2013 – Winners!

Thank you to everyone who worked towards ensuring another successful Gala Awards Dinner and Professional Education Forum.

Professional Education Forum

Feedback from the Professional Education Forum was overwhelmingly positive with evaluations completed by 51 attendees – this is an impressive return rate of 60%.

Participants were asked to provide a response to a range of questions:

Venue

The venue rated well with no coffee, seat or food complaints despite some temperature problems earlier in the day. The IT support was very reassuring throughout the day.

Clinical Relevance

93 % rated the clinical relevance as good to excellent with a focus on learning new ways, reflection on clinical practice and encouraging further education. Communication was identified as a great area of concern and highlighted the need to have on-going education in this area. Many participants enjoyed the opportunity to network with a variety of clinicians and resources also increasing their knowledge base and confidence levels especially with regard to Adults and Young Adolescents.

Educational Content

A response by 92% of participants recorded good to excellent scores for educational content. Participants appreciated the mix of clinical balanced by psycho- social dimensions.

Informing Clinical Practice

93% of participants rated the program good to excellent at informing their clinical practice. Whilst several participants acknowledged their lack of experience in the area of AYA they still found the program interesting and helpful and relevant to many clinical settings, with a very high standard of subject content.

 

Gala Awards

Another highly successful Gala Awards Dinner was held following the Professional Education Forum. The Awards process commenced in March with save the date cards emailed to members and then further information about the nomination process and awards categories. The categories and winners are:

Award Category 1:          Leadership in Palliative Care

The winner of the Leadership Award for 2013 is

THERESE SMEAL

Award Category 2: Outstanding Contribution to Specialist Palliative Care (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS) the Quiet Achiever Award

The winner of the Quiet Achiever Award for 2013 is

SUE NETHERWOOD

Award Category 3:          Innovation in Palliative Care

The winner of the Innovation Award for 2013 is

SOCIAL WORK TEAM, PALLIATIVE AGED CARE PROGRAM, CALVARY HEALTH CARE SYDNEY

Award Category 4:          Volunteers Supporting Palliative Care

We had so many nominations in this category that the judges could not whittle it down to just one, so they asked for two winners this year.

The winners of the Volunteers Award for 2013 are

JO-ANN STEEVES

THE FAMILY SUPPORT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM PAEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE

Award Category 5:          Excellence in provision of Palliative Care within a Primary (non-Specialist) Care setting (eg. Hospital wards, GP practices, community health, community care settings)

The winner of the Excellence in Primary Care Award for 2013 is

WARREN MULTI-PURPOSE SERVICE

Award Category 6:          Significance in Palliative Care Research.

The winner of the Research Award for 2013 is

PROFESSOR KATY CLARK

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC attended the cocktail and canapés and was more than happy to meet and chat with palliative care folk from around NSW. We were entertained during dinner by our wonderful MC Jean Kittson and Greg Donnelly, MLC and Melinda Pavey, MLC both came along to present awards and really enjoyed the evening. The Marvellous
Miz Demeanours lived up to their name and kept the crowd on their feet until closing!

Thank you also to our sponsors and special thanks to Palliative Care Australia for their support:

 

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