Notre Dame Staff Member Receives Finalist Award at WA Health Awards

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Summer 29-12-2010

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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The annual WA Health Awards is a prestigious event which acknowledges the innovative work of WA Health employees in providing quality health care throughout the State.

Jennifer Persaud, a Lecturer at the School of Physiotherapy (UNDA) and an Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, submitted a nomination for the work of the Orthopaedic Triage Clinic. The Physiotherapist-led Clinic was implemented in March 2009 as an example of an innovative service to manage pressures on the waiting list to see Orthopaedic specialists.

All WA Health Award finalists were acknowledged at an awards ceremony held on December 7th 2010 and whilst Jennifer was delighted that her nomination made it to finalist stage, it did not take out the winning prize.

In recognising the Award in the Hospitals category as a team award rather than individual, Jennifer acknowledged the work of her job share partner Louise Giglia-Smith and the collaboration of the Orthopaedic Surgeons (Gerard Hardisty, Jon Spencer, Dan Fick and Richard Carey Smith).

Jennifer was also nominated for an Australian Physiotherapy Association WA Branch award earlier this year to recognise her efforts in successfully engaging and working in partnership with key stakeholders with regards to advanced practice physiotherapy roles.

Photo: Award Sponsor with WA State Director General for Health and award nominees (Jennifer Persaud, centre). Photographer Eamonn McNulty.

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