Recognition and awards after tough year of study

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service has recognised staff who have completed studies this year to extend their skills and enhance their careers at a special ceremony recently.

The staff recognition evening, held recently at BRHS, congratulated staff who completed studies in both clinical and non-clinical spaces with the support of the BRHS Learning Support and Development team.

Six nurses completed the BRHS Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice Program, which gives support to newly-qualified enrolled nurses to begin their nursing career and make the transition from student life to nursing.

They were:

  • Jennifer Armistead
  • Imogen Dacy
  • Penny Williams
  • Zoe Bartheyl
  • Nikayla Trewin, and
  • Kelsey Abbott.

Penny Williams won the award as the Enrolled Nurse Transition to Practice nurse of the year for her commitment to improvement, hard work and dedication to learning.

The BRHS Graduate Nurse Program supports graduates to consolidate their professional skills to become Registered Nurses through clinical rotations, study days and other educational experiences over 12 months.

Graduate nurses have preceptors, managers, nurse unit managers and other clinical staff as role models.

Nine nurses completed this program in 2023, including:

  • Melanie Boyes
  • Morgan Ellis
  • Annie De Jong
  • Sharna Halliday
  • Rebecca Hirs
  • Simone Wake
  • Han Trinh
  • Stefanie Pratt, and
  • Aishia Ta’ala.

The 2023 Graduate Nurse of the year was Annelie Wilson, who was recognised for her professionalism, kindness, work ethic, ability to take on board feedback and her model behaviour for nursing staff and undergraduates.

Another eight people completed the Transition Nurse Program, which develops the leadership and core professional skills of our second-year Registered Nurses, switching their focus from clinical skills development to developing their broader professional capabilities. They were:

  • Chun Liu (the 2022 Graduate nurse of the year)
  • Jamie Eveleigh
  • ‘Myles Danahar
  • Nicole Morgan
  • Sophie Clark
  • Renae Peverill
  • Shae Falk, and
  • Suprinka Pathak.

Many other staff took the time to study, complete work assignments and, in some cases, work placements at other health services to extend their skills through postgraduate courses. Nurse who completed graduate nurse studies in 2023 were:

Dialysis Unit

  • Deepthi Krishnan – Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Renal)

Emergency Department

  • Yann Gardin, Daisy Marsden, Karra Newton – Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Emergency)

Midwifery Unit

  • Brianna Jolly, Sophie Wilson – Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Oncology Unit

  • Jacynda McNeil, Megan Barwick – Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Oncology)

Tambo Ward

  • Dan Mandaliti, Marg Lilly – Graduate Certificate of Intensive Care Nursing

Theatre Department

Justine Scott – Graduate Certificate of Perioperative Nursing 

Staff working in a range of other areas also completed postgraduate studies in 2023. They were:

We would also like to recognise the following BRHS staff from various other disciplines to come forward and accept a certificate recognising their academic achievements.

Allied Health

  • Heather Padula – Certificate 4 in Allied Health Assistance
  • Natalie Paterson – Certificate 3 in Dental Assistance


  • Samantha Price – Certificate 4 in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support


  • Brendan Malcolm – Certificate 3 in ICT

People and Culture

  • Samantha Jones, Amber Evans – Interpret and Apply Medical Terminology

Oncology Unit

  • Wendy Whitechurch – Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment

Learning Support and Development

  • Rebecca Durie, Nicole Smith – Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment
  • Liz Barlow – Certificate of Advanced Leadership Program

Congratulations to everyone who took the chance to extend their skills for the benefit of BRHS and our community.

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