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War-time nurse wins top honour

Monday, 31st October, 2011

‘PRIVILEGED’: Bronte Douglas, winner of the ‘Weary’ Dunlop Award. ‘PRIVILEGED’: Bronte Douglas, winner of the ‘Weary’ Dunlop Award.

An ex-Broken Hill nurse who spent six months on deployment to Afghanistan has won the prestigious ‘Weary’ Dunlop Award.

The award is for the best original paper presented to the Annual Scientific Conference by a Member of the Association.

The winner receives a Certificate and a monetary prize of $750.

Registered nurse Bronte Douglas, 35, who leads the Royal Darwin Hospital Trauma Nursing Service, was presented with the award at the Australian Military Medicine Association conference in Melbourne.

Ms Douglas gave a presentation at the conference based on her experience co-ordinating the retrieval of injured soldiers.

“It’s a privilege to be considered worthy under the name of ‘Weary’ Dunlop, who’s an absolute hero and legend in medicine,” she said.

Ms Douglas, also a reservist Squadron Leader with the Royal Australian Air Force, was deployed to the Combined Joint Operations Centre to work as a senior member of the medical operations co-ordination cell in Afghanistan last year.

Dr Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, the famous World War Two doctor, was one of the AMMA’s first life members, being elected in 1992, the first year the award was presented and one year before his death.

Bronte’s mother, local artist Wendy Martin, said she was “very proud” of her daughter.

“She’s very dedicated and hardworking.”

The daughter of Wendy and the late Rowan Martin, Bronte was educated at Alma Public School and Willyama High School before leaving the city in 1993.

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