Young Professional of the Year - SA Health Awards 2019

Winner  Catherine Hughes

Division of Rehabilitation, Aged Care and Palliative Care, SALHN

Catherine is a well-known young leader shaping the future of health care in SA. A decade with SA Health, her passion for leading innovation and reforming systems has influenced the health of local communities across rural and metro.  Catherine makes things happen. In the last year she has introduced cutting-edge programs like ‘GenPlay’, opened 50 new beds, developed a better team culture, and supported the introduction of new models of care.


Finalist — Dr Andrew Vanlint

Royal Adelaide Hospital, CALHN

Andrew is an approachable, compassionate, innovative leader. His work to improve systems that impact on the work of junior doctors, such as his contribution as chair of CALHN’s Trainee Medical Officer forum, his mentoring and advocacy, and use of multi-media to communicate, is leading to measurable improvements throughout CALHN. His background and enthusiasm for medical education gives him an excellent network to implement effective change throughout the organisation.


Finalist — Dr Tristan Hardy

SA Pathology, CALHN

Young obstetrician Dr Tristan Hardy is blazing a trail in genetic pathology.  Already an expert in prenatal testing, Tristan is now training as a specialist pathologist with SA Pathology. He is the only obstetrician to train in genetic pathology in Australia.  His PhD in genetic testing of embryos is now being developed for South Australian families, who will have first access to this world class technology.