York palliative care nurse is Nurse of the Year

A York specialist palliative care nurse has been named Western Australia’s 2018 Nurse/Midwife of the Year.

Brett Hayes, a Clinical Nurse Manager of Palliative Care in the Wheatbelt, introduced mobile video conferencing, to enable patients to remain at home during the final stages of their care.

Mr Hayes also took top honour in the Excellence in Rural and Remote Health category at Saturday night’s WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

The 15th WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (WANMEA), was hostedto coincide with International Day of the Midwife on May 5 and International Nurses Day on May 12.

The awards recognised 11 category winners, chosen from 28 finalists from across Western Australia’s public and private health and education sectors.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the awards provide an opportunity to publicly acknowledge nurses and midwives across the State.

“Nurses and midwives play a critical role in the State’s health system and are at the forefront of ensuring compassionate, safe and cost effective care to the people of Western Australia,” Minister Cook said.

“I congratulate all winners and finalists and thank them for their constant commitment to driving innovation within their professions.”