Joondalup Health Campus nurse receives WA Nurses Medal for 30 years of service

Nurses who received the WA Nurses Medal.
Nurses who received the WA Nurses Medal.

EIGHT nurses based at Joondalup and Duncraig hospitals received WA Nurses Medals recently, including one with a nursing career spanning four decades.

Joondalup Health Campus nurse Julie Riches received the award for her diligent and ethical service as well as commitment and service to the community.

The Quinns Rocks resident, who has served the hospital and community for almost 30 years, was one of eight JHC nurses to receive the medal from North Metropolitan MLC Martin Pritchard.

“What I love is that there are never two days that are the same,” she said.

Having completed hospital-based training at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the UK as a 19-year-old, the grandmother has worked across many areas of nursing in her 40-year career.

North Metropolitan MLC Martin Pritchard presenting Julie Riches with her medal.

Emigrating to WA in 1989, she first worked at Princess Margaret Hospital, and then joined Joondalup Health Campus when it was known as Wanneroo Hospital.

Today she splits her time between Ramsay Health Care sites, doing shifts as the after hours manager for Glengarry Private Hospital and also working in the after hours GP clinic at JHC.

The hospital’s deputy chief executive Amanda Ling described her as a bubbly and positive nurse who put her all into the job.

“We’re really proud of Julie; she’s a great member of our team and a fantastic example of the difference a nurse can make to a community,” Dr Ling said.

“As a nurse working in the after-hours GP clinic, she sees all sorts of injuries and illness and I personally see her providing compassionate and kind care to the many people who come to us seeking help.”

The other seven nurses from JHC who received awards were Cheryle Barley, Lesley Freestone, Jacqueline Giglia, Hilary Mcloughlin, Michelle Mitchell, Deena Pearson and Colleen Brazier.