The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) was proud to collaborate with the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, to present the inaugural Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers in April 2019. The award celebrated and acknowledged the extraordinary contribution nurses make to the Australian health care system and gave much needed recognition to the leaders of our profession. Four Finalists were selected for the award, all whom are outstanding high achievers in their specialist fields and have been influential in dramatically improving the quality of health and aged care in Australia.
ACN is currently running a four-part series on our NurseClick blog sharing video interviews with the four Finalists. The fourth and final video features Linda Campbell MACN who leads a Patient Blood Management Team at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) in Perth. Linda has been integral in ensuring patients all across the vast region of Western Australia receive vital PBM services, especially in rural and remote areas. Her work has world-wide influence, with the European Union recently adopting Western Australia’s PBM model.
When asked about the major challenges related to her work, Linda said that “Western Australia is a huge state and there-in lies the problem of delivering care to every single patient”.
She believes the Trailblazer Award is “an extraordinary opportunity” which “puts together” the incredible work nurses do each and every day.
Linda ends the interview by outlining her firm commitment to providing “equitable care for patients regardless of where they live”.
The full video can be viewed below.