Young Professional of the Year - SA Health Awards 2018

Winner  Victoria Fitton – Nurse Unit Manager

Cardiology Service, CALHN

As Nurse Unit Manager of the Cardiothoracic Wing at The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Victoria has been influential in enhancing patient care and lifting team morale through a number of initiatives which she has developed and implemented, with the assistance of the wider RAH community. These include: The Cardiothoracic Surgery Enhanced Recovery Project, Acuity Tool, Delirium Package, Hybrid Advanced Life Support Instructors Course for Cardiology and designing specific Cardiothoracic Study Days.

Finalist  Talisha King – Championing Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Health Unit, CHSALHN

As a young Aboriginal woman, Talisha leads by example, working with Aboriginal youth living in country SA to improve their access to, and engagement with, local health services. Talisha has played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the Country Health Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 which is starting to make real changes to the culture of Country Health SA. Working by the principle of self-determination, Talisha is generous with her knowledge, influencing those she engages with. Talisha’s commitment to Aboriginal health inspires the young Aboriginal people she works with to make a difference to the health of their community.

Finalist  Amie Smith – Acting Nurse Unit Manager

SA Medical Imaging, CALHN / SALHN

Amie is the Acting Nurse Unit Manager for FMC Medical Imaging, and an expert clinician in Angiography. Amie developed processes for microwave ablation procedures in Angiography and CT – FMC was one of the first hospitals in Australia to use this technology to treat Liver lesions. Amie presented at the National Medical Imaging Nurses Association and has travelled interstate to ensure FMC Medical Imaging are at the forefront of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Radiology treatment. Amie assisted with the introduction of the transition to professional practice position into Medical Imaging, and has led many QI projects including the introduction of the FMC Nurse Lead PICC service.