Neurological Council’s Community Neurological Nurse, Adrienna Elliot, has won the Outstanding Health Professional Award 2022 at the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA awards evening, held on Friday 7 October.
Held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, the annual awards are a key event on the MNDAWA Calendar, recognising individuals, groups and businesses who have made a significant contribution to the Association.
The Outstanding Health Professional Award was presented to Adrienna by MNDA WA Patron, Hannah Beazley MLA, Board Chair, Samar Aoun, and CEO, Courtney D’Mello.
Adrienna, who has been working with the Neurological Council since 2019 and specialises in Motor Neurone Disease patient care, was thrilled and surprised that she had won the award.
“I’m surprised, to have won this award and feel very privileged to be doing a job that I love; going on a journey with those with a diagnosis of MND, and to be part of a team of wonderful nurses from the Neurological Council of WA. It is heart-warming to see organisations recognising the value of neurological nursing and its importance in the lives of those living with neurological challenges and disease.”
Neurological Council CEO, Etta Palumbo praised Adrienna for her dedication and passion for neurological nursing, noting her high level of skill, drive for continuous development, and attention to detail in supporting her clients.
“Adrienna is a highly skilled, wonderful nurse and is a real asset to our organisation. We are so proud of her. This award is well-deserved recognition for Adrianna’s many years of service to MND patients and families”.
Each year, the MNDA WA Board selects the award winners. Board Member, Dr Robert Edis, had previously worked with Adrienna in his role as Head of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH)/Perron Institute multidisciplinary MND Clinic.
“Adrienna attended the MND Clinics and was the most knowledgeable and competent nurse for in-home MND care, and for assessing and managing difficult MND patient symptoms and problems, that I have worked with”.
“Adrienna is a strong communicator, compassionate and empathetic in her patient care; she is reliable in carrying out MDT care plans with the MND patients in the community; she is proactive in her communications with doctors and support staff; she openly shares her MND-care expertise with other health professionals; and always problem-solves any issues if required”.
“In view of her experience and exceptional skills, she is recognised as the Neurological Council WA’s nurse specialist in MND care and is very deserving of our MNDAWA Outstanding Health Professional 2022 award”.