Young Professional of the Year


Nicole Kelly

Trauma Coordinator, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Nicole is the NALHN Trauma Clinical Services Coordinator. Her role involves all that is embodied in developing and maintaining a Nurse Lead Trauma Service. Considered an expert practitioner she is responsible for coordinating and directing the trauma service delivery of care. Extremely well respected by her multi-disciplinary colleagues within NALHN and SA, Nicole is an exceptional advocate for the northern community, consistently striving to ensure patients receive the right care, first time.


Ashlyn Wetherall

Neonatal Unit Mentoring Program, Flinders Medical Centre

In the NICU, miracles occur every day. Unfortunately, it is also a place of heartbreak and devastation.

What if you were called to the delivery of a 500gm baby? The baby doesn't breathe. Has no heart rate. You have to help the Doctor. But how? The NICU Mentoring Program at Flinders Medical Centre provides nurses undertaking the NICU Course with mentors to guide them through an exceptionally demanding year of learning and assessment.


Lachlan Ophof

Executive Operations Support, SA Ambulance Service

Lachlan was deployed into the Leigh Creek area after the number of SA Ambulance Service volunteers drastically decreased as a result of the Alinta mine closure. Many locals were from the Indigenous communities; hence, Lachlan developed a Community Development Model specifically for them. It incorporates reconciliation in action and community ownership, and is relationship driven with long term sustainability. There are now ten recruits and first responders from within the Leigh Creek area.


Respiratory Medicine Clinical Practice Unit

Respiratory Medicine, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Respiratory Department’s Clinical Practice Unit purpose is to design, evaluate and implement clinical practice improvement initiatives. This team of young researchers has been successful in improving patient care and changing policy not only across SA Health but also on an international scale, with over 50 peer-reviewed publications in five years evaluating initiatives to improve safety and quality of patient care for issues such as tobacco use, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.