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Kimberley health professionals sweep WA Rural Health Excellence Awards

Katya MinnsBroome Advertiser
WA Rural Health Excellence Awards 2023 hosted at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Camera IconWA Rural Health Excellence Awards 2023 hosted at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Credit: Supplied

Four Kimberley clinicians have cleaned up at this year’s WA Rural Health Excellence Awards as recognised leaders in their field of practice.

Shortlisted from more than 130 nominations, 13 health professionals and teams were honoured across 12 categories.

Director of obstetrics and gynaecology at WA Country Health Service Dr Jared Watts won the Specialist of the Year award for his career in supporting vulnerable women in remote and outreach Kimberley clinics.

Dr Jared Watts won Specialist of the Year Award.
Camera IconDr Jared Watts won Specialist of the Year Award. Credit: Kirsten Graham Photography

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Dr Watts started his career at Broome Hospital where he was born, working alongside the midwife who delivered him.

Podiatrist Sarah Tomlinson put her best foot forward and was named Rural Allied Health Professional of the Year for her success in establishing the first Interdisciplinary High-Risk Foot Clinic in the Kimberley based at Broome Hospital.

Dr Sarah Tomlinson was named Rural Allied Health Professional of the Year.
Camera IconDr Sarah Tomlinson was named Rural Allied Health Professional of the Year. Credit: Kirsten Graham Photography

Dr Tomlinson was also the first WACHS Kimberley-based podiatrist in 14 years after making the move in 2021.

Broome-based medical officers Dr Jonathan Blundell and Dr Renita Whittle were also honoured with the Clinical Leadership award and WA Country Health Service RMO of the Year respectively.

Dr Jonathan Blundell received the Clinical Leadership Award.
Camera IconDr Jonathan Blundell received the Clinical Leadership Award. Credit: Kirsten Graham Photography

Rural Health West chief executive Tim Shackleton said he was proud of the strong representation of WA regions amongst the finalists.

Dr Renita Whittle was honoured with the WA Country Health Service RMO of the Year.
Camera IconDr Renita Whittle was honoured with the WA Country Health Service RMO of the Year. Credit: Kirsten Graham Photography

“We are extremely proud to celebrate everyone nominated this year for their commitment, dedication and passion,” he said.

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