Dr Susan Woolfenden Named 2017 Metropolitan NSW Winner of Memorial Award

On Saturday 4 November, Dr Susan Woolfenden was named the 2017 Metropolitan NSW Winner of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Michelle Beets Memorial Award by the NSW Secretary of Health, Elizabeth Koff at the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Great Humpty Ball held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. Mr Brad Ceely was runner up.

Dr Woolfenden was acknowledged for being a tireless advocate for recognition of the importance of intervening in the early years of childhood, particularly in vulnerable populations as well as having led research locally and internationally investigating the impact of inequitable health service provision on child health outcomes in the early years of childhood.

To continue her significant and much-needed paediatric work Dr Woolfenden will receive a piece of medical equipment of her choice to the value of $20,000 for Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

For over 25 years, Dr Susan Woolfenden has been a dedicated community paediatrician and currently holds the role of Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Community Child Health and is the Clinical Lead in Integrated Care at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. She is also a Senior Research Fellow (Associate Professor) at the School of Women and Children’s Health, the University of New South Wales (Sydney).

In addition to setting up ambulatory services at Liverpool Hospital, a model that is today reflected across all paediatric ambulatory services, Dr Woolfenden was a pioneer of early childhood intervention strategies and aided the establishment of paediatric outreach model into Multicultural Playgroups for children from disadvantaged culturally and linguistically diverse populations to detect developmental problems early and provide much needed early intervention.

A ground-breaking model, it has been adopted across South Eastern Sydney to provide services to other disadvantaged groups. As part of her role with the Department of Community Child Health, she provides outreach Aboriginal Child Health services in the La Perouse Community and supports the innovative Ngala Nanga Mai parent group. She is undertaking vital research as part of the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) a long-term study with the aim to improve the health and wellbeing of urban Aboriginal Children. She is also undertaking important research with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to examine the impact on socioeconomic disadvantage for children with Cerebral Palsy.

Acting Clinical Program Director for the Medical Program Mr Brad Ceely of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has been named the 2017 Metropolitan NSW Runner-up of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Michelle Beets Memorial Award. He will receive medical equipment to the value of $10,000

 With over 20 years of experience working with children and families in paediatric intensive care, Mr Ceely started work as a new graduate at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (Camperdown) in 1995 ahead of the relocation to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead later that year.

in 2003 he became the first Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse Practitioner in Australia.  Brad was instrumental in establishing the Long Term Ventilation Unit at the Hospital. 

Brad is a major nursing contributor to the development of the Paediatric ‘Between the Flags’ program which aims to improve early recognition and response to clinical deterioration and reduce potentially preventable death, and is an active advocate of the Family Advisory Committee. 

 “I am incredibly proud to announce Mr Brad Ceely as this year’s runner-up of the 2017 Metropolitan NSW Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Michelle Beets Memorial Award and praise his continued commitment and dedication to young lives across Sydney.  His work and commitment, as attested by his peers who nominated him, goes above and beyond including developing fundraising programs to raise money for education and research for clinicians in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit to improve outcomes for children.