Best in the State
Saturday, 29th September, 2018
By Craig Brealey
For the second year in a row, a midwife from the Broken Hill Hospital has been judged the best in NSW.
On Thursday day night Boe Calvert was presented with the Excellence in Midwifery - Registered Midwife award at the annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards in Parliament House in Sydney.
The hospital where she has worked for just over a year nominated her after she jointly won the 2018 Far West LHD Excellence in Midwifery - Registered Midwife Award for her work with Aboriginal families in collaboration with Maari Ma Aboriginal Health.
“We share the care and are on call for the women when they come in to have their babies,” Ms Calvert told the BDT yesterday.
“And we work with Maari Ma again in the post natal period up to when the babies are six weeks old.
“We’ve changed a few things to make it a bit easier for the women, so there is less repetition of care.”
Ms Calvert joined the hospital in July last year after working as a midwife with migrant women at Canterbury Hospital in Sydney.
“It’s been a challenge in lots of ways, but I’ve loved it.
Last year the best midwife in NSW award was won by BH Hospital’s maternity team leader, Danielle Toigo.
“I don’t know if anyone from Broken Hill had won that before,” said Ms Calvert. “That’s two years in a row so I think that says a lot about how maternity works at the hospital.”
Dale Sutton, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Far West LHD, said everyone was “over the moon for Boe”.
“To have one of our Broken Hill midwives named the best in the state is amazing and we are very pleased Boe has been recognised with this very prestigious award,” Ms Sutton said.
“We know that Boe is an exceptional midwife and her award reflects positively on the Far West LHD maternity unit team and all the midwives. I wish to congratulate her on behalf of the LHD and all the Executive and staff.”
Ms Calvert was also congratulated by local MP, Kevin Humphries.
“To have one of our midwives from a remote area recognised as the best Midwife in NSW is a remarkable achievement,” he said.
“Well done, Boe, you have made Far West LHD and those living in the remote area of Far West NSW so very proud.”