Emma McKinney- A Powerful Presence of Positivity During a Tough Year

A mile of smile – Physiotherapist Emma McKinney was praised by her colleagues for keeping spirits up in the Allied Health team. Photo: Jake Lynch/BRHS


In a year when healthcare workers could be excused for feeling a little worn thin, Physiotherapist Emma McKinney was an inspiring and energising presence for her colleagues.

“Emma is the most positive person you will come across at BRHS,” an Allied Health team member wrote about Emma recently. “She is always happy to have a chat – the queen of pep talks. Emma will make you walk away with a new positive outlook.”

Emma’s support for those around her and commitment to keeping her team motivated was recognised last week at BHRS Trademark Behaviours Awards.

These annual awards feature staff nominating their fellow workers and praising their commitment, energy and talents.

Emma started a weekly email thread – “who’s looking at you?” – where each week one team member acknowledges something good that someone else has done or a trait displayed that week.

She also adds a positive quote to the Allied Health morning huddle board – starting the day with wonderful positive vibes.

By bringing moments of positivity and encouragement into the structure of Allied Health team meetings and gatherings, Emma was named “The Innovator” – an award given to a staff member that introduced a quality improvement project that resulted in positive change for patients or staff.

In doing so, she demonstrated one of our key Trademark Behaviours – the courage to change.

“Whether you have an interaction with her on the ward, as an outpatient, or in the hallway, she is always able to brighten our day,” a colleague wrote, in nominating Emma for the award.

Good on you, Emma, and congratulations to everyone that was nominated.

Here’s the full list of winners:

  • Best First Year Player: Lisa Redenbach, Graduate Nurse
  • Ms/Mr Congeniality: Graham Hackett, Orderly/Cleaner
  • The Einstein Award: Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
  • The Innovator: Emma McKinney, Physiotherapist
  • My Team is BRHS Award: Procurement Team + ICT Team (Joint Winners)