Coledale’s remarkable Professor Kate Curtis has taken out a prestigious award which recognises excellence in the field of health care.
She’s been awarded the 2018 Michelle Beets Memorial Award for her tireless work improving the State’s trauma care system.
The award is in honour of Michelle Beets, Nurse Manager at Royal North Shore Hospital ED, who devoted her life to nursing and helping others.
Kate was the worthy recipient of the Regional/Rural award category.
She’s been presented with a $20,000 prize from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, which she’ll use to obtain essential medical equipment for local Emergency Departments.
“As an emergency nurse it’s an honour to receive this award,” says Kate.
“Michelle Beets was an amazing emergency nurse leader. Emergency nursing is a tough job. You are trying to help people, often on the worst day of their lives, in the middle chaos. To receive support like this, to buy equipment to make our job easier, is incredibly encouraging and will help provide even better care.”
The Coledale Professor has an impressive CV. She’s the founder of the Australian Trauma Nurse List and Board Member of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. She has received numerous awards recognising her research, innovation and clinical work with the critically injured.
In 2010, Sydney Magazine voted Kate one of Sydney’s Top 100 most influential people.
Kate has been working with a team of emergency physicians, paramedics, surgeons and trauma nurses, among others, and has made 27 recommendations for changes to the NSW paediatric trauma system.
Two of these recommendations have already been adopted such as a change of endotracheal tube type in all NSW ambulances.
This is a major achievement as these recommendations affect the third largest ambulance service in the world.
Kate recently presented the preliminary results of her research at the NSW Trauma Leaders forum at the Agency for Clinical Innovation.
She is leading this important work in partnership with NSW Ambulance, Paediatric Trauma Hospitals, the NSW Institute of Trauma and the Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program which has involved reviewing and evaluating the care provided to 500 critically injured children across the state.