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The Young Professional of the Year Award 2023

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This award recognises individuals aged 35 and under who have shown commitment to the WCHN values of Compassion, Respect, Equity, Accountability and working Together for Excellence. The individual must also demonstrate leading clinical or administrative practice and achieved success within their professional field.

WINNER:

Jack Noonan

As Director of Engineering and Capital Projects, Jack shows exceptional commitment, skill, and innovation. He has successfully managed a sustainment project worth $30.3 million and a comprehensive assessment of the WCH infrastructure to maintain the site until its move in 2030. The assessment has been the most extensive ever conducted at WCH and has involved coordinating professional service companies together with engagement from staff across the organisation.

Finalists:

Charlotte Groves

As a midwifery leader, Charlotte consistently demonstrates a high level of continuous improvement and innovation. Her impactful initiatives in the Women’s Assessment Service (WAS) include reducing wait times through triage changes, reducing infection risks and introducing culturally appropriate Aboriginal artwork. Charlotte advocates for telehealth to improve patient flow, supports clinicians in research, and was instrumental in embedding a structured safety and quality program.

Marnie O’Meara

Marnie is a proud Arrente woman and an Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Worker in Forensic Services. Marnie is committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal girls and women in custody, addressing their unique needs and supporting successful transitions back to the community and education. Her cultural expertise and knowledge enable her to effectively translate clinical concepts to young people and their families, ensuring understanding and engagement in their care.