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Public Health Nurse Unit Manager announced as PA Hospital’s Nurse of the Year

13 May 2021

Pictured: Rachel Perry (left) receiving her certificate from Leanne Stone (right).

Following the unprecedented year that was 2020, Public Health Nurse Unit Manager Rachel Perry has been announced as PA Hospital’s Nurse of the Year for 2021.

Rachel is recognised for her transformational leadership across the Public Health Unit (PHU), creating a world where the team woke up inspired to go to work feeling trusted, valued and fulfilled all in the middle of - what was for many - their first pandemic.

“Sixteen months into the event, this pandemic continues to pose a never-ending series of design, innovation and leadership challenges.

“MPSHU continues to handle this ever-changing landscape including management of an increasing ratio of contacts-to-cases at 85:5,” said Division of Medicine Director of Nursing, Adriana Hada. 

“Having a leader such as Rachel at the helm is vital. She continues to model behaviours which inspire the team to keep going, setting both the tone and culture of a positive and productive workforce.” 

Rachel assumed the role of incident management operations officer for the declared COVID-19 incident alongside her substantive position of NUM.

She is the first person the Public Health Physicians and operational team call when they have complex issues to address. 

“Rachel is a safe haven; she’s the team’s go-to person who knows how to use the power of the collective in her calm, composed way. 

“She has the ability to work collaboratively across various teams, being respectful of all peers, with a focus on evidence, equity, and advocacy in complex decision making. 

“Rachel consistently manages to be across the large volume of operational emails, scales up and down Contact Tracing Officers (CTO’s) in line with demand, is the first to arrive in the office and the last to leave each and every day and would never ask anyone to undertake a task she is not willing to perform herself,” she said.

Rachels’s leadership, innovation, hard work and determination have been instrumental in the Metro South COVID-19 response, clearly demonstrating that Rachel is truly deserving of the 2021 PAH Nurse of the Year title.

“Rachel is the heartbeat of the MSPHU leadership team, her visionary and transformational leadership has had a huge impact on the success of COVID-19 management in our region!”

Some highlights of the MSPHU response to COVID-19 under Rachel’s leadership:

  • MSPHU has managed >330 COVID-19 cases 
  • Contacted, quarantined, and reconciled the day 10-12 pathology for 9500 close contacts
  • Developed and managed of a large multidisciplinary contact tracing team (>80) ensuring appropriate level of training of each for 4-6 weeks. 
Last updated 21 May 2021
Last reviewed 13 May 2021

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