Researcher recognised

Dr Janie Brown is a strong advocate for evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice.
Dr Janie Brown is a strong advocate for evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice.

The St John of God Subiaco nursing and midwifery research co-ordinator has been a registered nurse since 1989 and now spends her time exploring the best ways to help patients.

In recognition of her tireless work, she has been named a finalist in the 2015 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards in the Excellence in Education and Research category.

Dr Brown said nursing and midwifery practice should always be based on the evidence from nursing and midwifery research.

�That�s how we know what is best for our patients. I always want to do what�s best for the patients that we care for, so this is a great way to do that,� she said.

�At St John of God Subiaco Hospital, the research I do is in direct response to the nursing and midwifery caregivers identifying areas of their practice that could be improved.

�I�ve worked across the spectrum from premature babies to palliative care and I�ve worked on clinical as well as workforce issues.�

Dr Brown is one of 34 award finalists in this year�s awards.

Health Minister Kim Hames said the finalists had been selected from an impressive field of nominees.

�I congratulate all our finalists, who have been selected by the judging panel from a field of high-calibre professionals and individually recognised for their efforts,� Dr Hames said.

�The finalists come from a diverse range of work and practice environments and all have demonstrated excellence in their field.�

Winners, including 2015 WA Nurse or Midwife of the Year and the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honour, will be announced at a dinner on May 9.

I am very honoured to have been nominated in this category,� Dr Brown said.

�There are some fabulous researchers and educators in the professions of nursing and midwifery in WA, who are equally as worthy of nomination.

�It is a great feeling to be acknowledged for the work I do, which is really a reflection of the great work that all nurses and midwives at Subiaco do in using evidence and research to guide their patients� care.�

More local finalists: Kerry Southerland, Curtin University (Excellence in Education and Research); Ilyana Mohamed-Hussain, Bentley (Graduate of the Year).