The APA is proud to announce that a number of its members have been nominated as national finalists for the 2017 HESTA awards, which recognise the country’s most outstanding healthcare professionals across the categories of Individual Distinction, Team Excellence and Young Leader.

Each of the finalists has demonstrated exceptional levels of care, leadership and innovative practice that has greatly improved outcomes for their patients and communities.

Nominated in the Individual Distinction category is Peter Georgilopoulos from Bundall, Queensland and Clare MacFarlane from Lane Cove, NSW. Peter’s nomination is for his groundbreaking research into the treatment and prevention of sports injuries and management of complex hamstring, groin, neck and shoulder flexibility issues. Clare has shown strong leadership and expertise as a specialist in treating children with complex disabilities.

The Young Leader category has APA members Ryan Ebert (Melbourne, Victoria), Nicole Pates (Shenton Park, Western Australia), Bertrand Doeuk (Brisbane, Queensland) and Nicholas Schuster (Scarborough, Queensland) nominated.

Ryan’s work in occupational health settings has improved the health of thousands of workers around the country through his innovative office design solutions and workplace injury treatment. Nicole has worked to improve accessibility and quality of treatments for children with chronic health conditions, such as persistent pain and chronic fatigue syndrome. Bertrand established a clinic to provide treatments for chronic headache and migraine suffers without the use of medication; while Nicholas created a social media leadership and professional development community for training and mentoring young physiotherapists and business owners in private practice.

There is also a strong physiotherapy representation in the Team Excellence category, with the Mars Clinic for Children’s Continence (South East Queensland) and NAPA Centre’s Paediatric Disability Rehab Team (Lane Cove, NSW) both nominated.

All finalists will be flown to Sydney for the 12th National Allied Health Conference, at which category winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Sunday 27 August.

APA National President Phil Calvert commended each of the finalists, saying “Their dedication and exceptional levels of practice within the physiotherapy profession has been justly acknowledged by their peers, and we wish all our nominees great success in the continuation of their professional excellence endeavours.”


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