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The CREATE Award recognises those who demonstrate excellence in the provision of effective and client-focused support services and who consistently display the WCHN values of Compassion, Respect, Equity, Accountability and working Together for Excellence in the way they behave and interact with our patients, clients, partners, and each other.

It supports our Strategy 2026 – Realising Potential, Creating Together which states we will act as one state-wide health network with our consumers to improve health outcomes.

Winner:

After-Hours Nurse Managers Team

The After-Hours Nurse Managers Team are being recognised for their ability to maintain high level consumer care while navigating complex issues at the core of service delivery across the hospital. The team are resolute in managing hospital function while overseeing patient flow, staffing, and working through emergencies. They are responsible for how the hospital runs after hours and are the point of call for all escalations.

The team display high level analytical skills, excellent decision making, conflict resolution, and effective communication.

Finalists:

Dr Chris Pearson, Paediatrician, Department of General Medicine

Dr Chris Pearson started with the hospital in 1971 and was instrumental in establishing the Department of General Medicine in its current form.

He is being recognised for his immense contribution to the hospital—not only due to his high level of paediatric care, but also through the mentoring and training of junior doctors throughout. Dr Pearson has helped shape the hospital as it as today.

Amy De Michele, Cystic Fibrosis Nurse Consultant

Amy is being recognised for the enormous difference she makes to the lives of cystic fibrosis patients and their families at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. Amy not only provides exemplary clinical care, but also delivers significant multi-faceted support surrounding their diagnosis, treatment, and potential social difficulties.

Her passion, innovation, knowledge and approachability is appreciated by both cystic fibrosis families and colleagues in her unit.