NSLHD News July 1 2022

Nursing and Midwifery Conference highlights research and innovation

The bi-annual Nursing and Midwifery Research and Innovative Practice Conference recently took place at Royal North Shore Hospital. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity to bring together nurses and midwives to share research activities and outcomes, practice development initiatives, programs and innovative changes to care systems. The conference covered all disciplines of nursing from primary and community care through to emergency care. PhD students presented their work and clinicians presented projects and research that focused on children through to the elderly. Professor Marg Fry said the conference is a great way to bring a range of staff members from the nursing and midwifery workforce together and provide a reflection of the current state of the workforce. “The conference brought together so many different specialties which allows us all to learn from each other,” she said.

“It is important to reflect on our professions, in particular the nurses and midwives who have assisted in shaping and showing leadership across our health district.” The conference featured three keynote speakers: Professor Julie Considine, Professor Ramon Shaban and Professor Robyn Gallagher. Four awards were presented on the day.

Left: Professor Margaret Fry with keynote speakers Professor Ramon Shaban, Professor Robyn Gallagher and Professor Julie Considine

Margaret Armstrong receives Lifetime Achievement Award Northern Sydney Local Health District Falls Prevention Coordinator Margaret

This award was presented at the annual NSW Falls Prevention and Healthy Aging Network Forum and reflected Margaret’s long term contributions to falls prevention in NSLHD and broader NSW as part of the NSLHD Health Promotion team. This was only the third Lifetime Achievement Award that has been given in the history of the network. Amongst many career highlights, Margaret established April Falls Day and Month in 2005 as part of her work with the NSLHD falls team at the time. This is now an annual falls prevention awareness-raising activity that is celebrated across Australia and internationally. Margaret said the achievement is a huge honour and something she is very proud to have received. “I’m very privileged to have received this award and I’m so glad my work has made an impact across NSLHD,” she said. “I’ve always been supported by great colleagues within NSLHD and this award is so special because of the light it brings to the work we’ve been doing.”

Armstrong was recently awarded the NSW Falls Prevention and Healthy Aging Network Lifetime Achievement Award.

Margaret Armstrong receives her award from Excellence Commission members of the Older Person’s Safety Program, Lorraine Lovitt, Ingrid Hutchinson and Maree Conelly.



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