Awards acknowledge clinical supervisors in NT

Flinders University has acknowledged the work of health professionals across the Northern Territory (NT) at the annual Flinders University Rural and Remote Health NT Supervisor Recognition Awards.

Supervisor Recognition Awards acknowledge doctors, allied health professionals, midwives and nurses who supervise, teach and support students and newcomers to health workplaces.

The award ceremony was held across the Territory at Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs Flinders campuses and recognises and celebrates the health professionals who selflessly dedicate their precious time to prepare our future workforce.

Director of the Flinders University Department of Rural Health Northern Territory Dr Anthea Brand says the Supervisor Recognition Awards are an important way to appreciate the role health professionals play in training students.

“By the end of 2023, Flinders Rural and Remote Health NT is expecting to have hosted 485 students undertaking more than 3300 weeks of placement across nursing and allied health.

“Our health professionals play a vital role in supervising and training students during their placement and providing support as they learn about remote contexts that they may not have previously encountered.

“We can’t thank the doctors, allied health professionals, nurses and midwives enough for giving their time and sharing their valuable knowledge with students who undertake placements in their workplace.

“Without their assistance, students would not get the rich immersion they require in their chosen career path to excel after graduation,” says Dr Brand.

Director of the Flinders University Northern Territory Medical Program Dr Emma Kennedy says that the supervisors’ roles are critical because “We can’t be what we can’t see”.

“Supervisors and teachers help to show students the possibilities of their roles.  Most importantly the students can learn through clinical practice how to sensitively manage and nurture the relationship between a health professional and patient,” says Dr Kennedy.

18 health professionals and one student have been awarded by learners, universities and colleagues for their dedication and commitment in providing support and guidance for the health workforce in NT.

Flinders University supports around 500 students studying health courses at universities across the country to complete a placement in the NT.

The full list of recipients:

Territory Ambassador

  • Allied Health: Sarah Gates, Medical Imaging Technologist, Darwin
  • Nursing: Laura Wright, Tennant Creek
  • Medicine:  Dr Andrea Wilson, Darwin

Innovative Supervisors

  • Allied Health: Sally Ennever, Occupational Therapist, Darwin
  • Nursing: Jeanine Young, Nhulunbuy
  • Medicine: Dr Marianne Tiemensma, Darwin

Commitment to Clinical Teaching

  • Allied Health: Jeremy Tait, Paramedic, Alice Springs
  • Nursing: Shreya Wali, Darwin
  • Medicine: Dr Szeyen Tay, Darwin

Champion Collaborator: Antony King, Katherine

Outstanding Regional Supervisors Central Australia

  • Allied Health: James Rowland, Paramedic, Alice Springs
  • Nursing: Samantha Mattarollo, Tennant Creek
  • Medicine: Dr Tim Henderson, Alice Springs

Outstanding Regional Supervisor Katherine

  • Medicine: Dr Jasmine Banner

Outstanding Regional Supervisor Top End

  • Allied Health: Josephine Lee, Social Worker, Darwin
  • Nursing: Lucy Thane (midwife), Darwin
  • Medicine:  Dr David Toro Tole, Darwin

Trisha Maroney Memorial Prize (awarded to a health professional student on placement within the Katherine region who demonstrates the most significant self-reflection and improvement in cultural safe practice): Lisa Spoor, Flinders Nursing Student

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr David Brummitt, Katherine



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