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The Young Professional of the Year Award

WCHN Awards 2022 feature

The Young Professional of the Year 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.


Dr Ailish Battersby, General Paediatrician

Ailish is being recognised for her outstanding leadership and constructive approach to both patient care and peer wellbeing. She has made a significant impact through the establishment of the TMO workforce committee and her drive to improve training and teaching opportunities.

Her contribution to patient safety is highlighted by the establishment of a clinic for children with needle phobia.


Alex Rimington, Manager of Orthotics and Prosthetics

Since her appointment as Clinical Lead in 2018, Alex has made substantial improvements to safety and quality of orthotics and prosthetics. Her most notable clinical impact has been through the development of the Conservative Spinal Management Pathway.

Alex’s dedication to patient wellbeing and evidence-based practice has led to notable reductions surrounding surgical intervention and the need for families to travel interstate. She is described as positive, enthusiastic, and passionate about innovation.

Claire Scoleri, Nursing Service Director, Paediatric Emergency Department

Claire took over the role of Nursing Service Director in PED at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Claire is being recognised for her leadership, forward planning, and approachability to ensure patient and staff wellbeing remained at the forefront.

Claire has displayed her ability to manage and motivate a large team and deliver high level emergency care for South Australian families.