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Congratulations to Addiction and Mental Health Services’ Nurse of the Year 2020

25 November 2020

The winner of the Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services (MSAMHS) 2020 Nurse of the Year Awards was announced.

Nurse Navigator Sally Gates received the 2020 Nurse of the Year award for her commitment to service improvement, consistent exemplary care and advocacy for consumers and displaying compassion, empathy and kindness.

The MSAMHS Nurse of the Year Awards celebrate and promote excellence in Addiction and Mental Health Nursing in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020.

Addiction and Mental Health Services Director of Nursing Liz Powell said the Awards had been developed by a panel of nursing peers and the Addiction and Mental Health Services Nursing Executive.

“The panel selected Sally as Nurse of the Year based on her commitment to consumers, excellent nursing care and embodying the Nursing Professional Practice model values of Kindness, Respect, Courage, Compassion, Honesty, Integrity and Hope,” she said.

“Sally is a Nurse Navigator working in Child and Youth, in her nomination the following was noted.

"If my own children ever require acute mental health support in an Emergency Department, I sincerely hope Sally is on duty - I can think of no-one I'd rather see in that situation as a parent.

“In addition, seven finalists were recognised for their nursing care and excellence in performance.

“Thank you to all nurses who put our consumers at the centre of care every day across our Service.”

The day included special guest Chris Dawber discussing Clinical supervision and the Services intent for increasing Clinical Supervision.

An update on the Pathway to Excellence journey was provided with reflections from the journey presented by direct care nurses, and the celebration culminated in the presentation of the Addiction and Mental Health Services Nurse of the Year Awards.

Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services Veronica Casey and Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Shelley Nowlan attended and presented the Nurse of the Year Award.

Winners include:

2020 Nurse of the Year: Sally Gates, Bayside Child and Youth Mental Health Service


  • Jill Evans, Addiction and Mental Health Services Access Services
  • Jillian McDonald, Bayside Therapies and Allied Health Team
  • Ronnie Mapfumo, Nurse Unit Manager, Yugaipa Ward, Redland Hospital
  • Todd Sellwood, Addiction Services, PAH
  • Joanne Marshall, Acute Adult Psychiatric Unit, East Wing PAH
  • Simone Harvey, Perinatal Mental Health Wellbeing Team
  • Dave Taylor, Logan Acute Care Team
Last updated 19 August 2021
Last reviewed 4 August 2020

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