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Excellence and Leadership Awards for Trauma Service

We are incredibly proud of our high-performing Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) Trauma Service team, and if proof of their excellence is required, the 2023 Australia and New Zealand Trauma Society (ANZTS) awards certainly provided it. 

Taking out the Leadership Award was Medical Director of Trauma, Don Campbell (far right in main image).

“I was very honoured to receive this award,” Don said, “which everyone did a good job of keeping secret from me until the award ceremony.” 

“It means a lot to have the respect and support of the people I have worked with over a very long period of time to achieve what we have done together.” 

Don believes having a shared vision with those you work with is extremely important in leadership, as well as building the relationships required to achieve those goals at every level. 

“Health care professionals are generally very motivated,” Don said. “Good leadership involves allowing people to grow to their full potential to provide excellence in patient care, as well as recognising them for it.” 

“Respect for others and promotion of a good work culture is essential,” he said, “and a sense of humour also helps!” 

Nurse Practitioner Trauma, Kate Dale (2nd from right in main image) was equally honoured to be presented with the 2023 award for Clinical Excellence. 

“This award signifies 25 years of strengthening my skills and striving to provide the best clinical care possible,” Kate said. 

“I am particularly proud that I have received this award as a Nurse Practitioner as I have worked really hard to build this role over the past 10 years,” she said. 

Both award winners were quick to acknowledge the dedication of their entire team. 

Twenty delegates attended the ANZTS Trauma23 Conference in Melbourne, with many presenting talks and chairing sessions. As well, the Trauma Service Follow UP program was showcased in a poster presentation by Case Manager, Charlotte Winkleman and Registered Nurse Emergency, Abbie McPaul (pictured bottom, centre with Trauma Research Assistant, Sarah Czuchwicki).

Last updated 14 Dec 2023