Michelle Beets Memorial Award winners

Professor Karen Zwi, Community Paediatrician at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick has been named the 2019 Gold Metropolitan Finalist of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Michelle Beets Memorial Award, and Nadine Griffiths, Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, has been named the Silver Finalist.

As a senior Community Paediatrician who has worked in paediatrics for over 25 years, Professor Zwi has achieved significant health and wellbeing outcomes for vulnerable populations.

As the Department Head Community Child Health, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Prof Zwi has led the department to deliver high-quality, innovative health services to children, families and the community.

Professor Zwi is also the Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales and plays a key leadership role in service development and evaluation research.

Nadine Griffiths has devoted her professional life to improving the quality of care that babies receive in neonatal and special care units around Australia.

Nadine was the lead of a multidisciplinary team in the development of a sibling colouring-in book for use in the paediatric and neonatal intensive care setting. ‘My Colourful Journey’ is a resource designed to introduce siblings to the critical care setting, reduce vicarious trauma and encourage family communication. Following a local implementation of the resource, it has been launched nationally and is available for use in neonatal units across Australia.

With a primary responsibility for the development, facilitation, implementation and evaluation of care management for babies with congenital heart disease, surgical conditions and complex medical conditions, Nadine Griffiths co-developed the ‘Little Readers Read-a-thon’ initiative to promote reading and language in the neonatal unit and which has been integrated into 21 other Australian neonatal units as well as units in the United Kingdom.

The Michelle Beets Memorial Awards were presented by NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research The Hon Brad Hazzard MP at the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Great Humpty Ball on Saturday 16 November.

Humpty Dumpty Foundation Founder and Executive Chairman Paul Francis OAM, commended Prof Zwi and Ms Griffiths for being wonderful advocates for patients and families and on their commitment to improving the welfare of paediatric patients.