South Australia’s dedicated and hard-working nurses and midwives have been publicly recognised at the 2016 South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, held on Friday night.

Awards were presented for innovation in the fields of education and clinical research, leadership and excellence in practice.

A crowd of around 400 people attended the Gala Awards Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on May 6, with the celebrations coinciding with International Nurses Day (May 12) and International Day of the Midwife (May 5).

Five Premier’s Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships were also awarded on the night for the study of innovative practice within their chosen field.

There were 19 individual nurses and midwives and three nursing teams named as finalists in the eight award categories this year.

Nominations for the annual awards are open to all nurses and midwives who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, are employed within South Australia and work in any part of the public, private or aged care sectors across the state.

Quotes attributable to Health Minister Jack Snelling

Nurses and midwives every day make a huge difference to many peoples’ lives across the world.

Working across a range of settings in a variety of medical fields, these dedicated people have shown leadership and initiative.

The quality of the 2016 finalists was exceptionally high and I congratulate the winners for the significant contribution they have made in their profession.

Quotes attributable to SA Health Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Adjunct Associate Professor Lydia Dennett

These awards recognise and acknowledge the significant contribution that nurses and midwives make to their professions and the wider community through their practice.

They play a vital role in delivering high standards of health care, responding to communities’ changing and looking at new ways to provide the quality of health care South Australians expect and deserve.

I congratulate the 2016 award winners and finalists for the contribution they have made to their professions and the wider community through their practice.


Excellence in Practice – Enrolled Nurse

Alexander Stewart, Enrolled Nurse (Noarlunga Hospital, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network)

Excellence in Practice – Registered Nurse

Jane Keeley, Aboriginal Primary Health Care Manager (Mid North Community Health at Port Pirie, Country Health SA Local Health Network)

Excellence in Practice – Registered Midwife

Merridee Seiboth, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Loxton Hospital Complex (Country Health SA Local Health Network)

Excellence in Practice – Aboriginal Nurse/Midwife

Vanessa Browne, Rural and Remote Pathways Co-ordinator (Glenside Campus, Country Health SA Local Health Network)

Excellence in Leadership – Registered Nurse/Midwife

Elisa Gardiner, Clinical Services Co-ordinator (Royal Adelaide Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network)

Excellence in Innovation in Education (Registered Nurse/Midwife)

Vanessa Tilbrook, Midwifery Education Facilitator (Women’s and Children’s Hospital)

Excellence in Innovation in Clinical Research

Pamela Taylor, Clinical Research Manager and Nurse Practitioner (Repatriation General Hospital, Southern Adelaide Diabetes and Endocrine Services)

Excellence in Person Centred Care – Team Award

Hamley Bridge Memorial Hospital Nursing Staff