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Excellence earns midwifery educator a nomination

24 Jan 2022

 

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District’s reputation for delivering education and innovative, compassionate care has again been highlighted with Midwifery Educator, Richard Gilfillan nominated for a Judith Meppem Leadership Award as part of the NSW Health 2021 Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

Over 40 years in nursing and midwifery, Richard has been instrumental to the improvement of midwifery services for women and their families both across our District and internationally.

“I am privileged to work with wonderful colleagues in maternity, NICU and education and training. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is working with students and colleagues to help them reach their full potential,” says Richard.

“Providing leadership for me is being a positive role model, creating possibilities for the future, taking a positive view of barriers and breaking these down from what might seem impossible to becoming possible.”

Richard has also worked hard to improve the care women receive from maternity services and is also a strong advocate for men’s health and the inclusion of partners in antenatal care.

The Judith Meppem Leadership Award highlights outstanding nursing/midwifery leaders who continually exhibit excellence in leadership, focusing on values of teamwork, innovation, service, quality, compassion and integrity.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is proud to have two nominees in this year’s Awards with Kasey Wright, Registered Nurse in Blue Mountains Hospital’s Emergency Department nominated for Aboriginal Nurse of the Year.

Winners for the NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards will be announced via a virtual ceremony on 21 April 2022.