Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Practitioner Excellence Awards
About the awards
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners are the essential conduit between traditional and western health services. As agents of change they are critical to closing the health gap by delivering culturally safe, holistic and client focused care in often challenging circumstances and locations.
These awards are an opportunity to showcase outstanding members of these professional groups while acknowledging the significant contribution they make to their families, communities and the health care system across the Northern Territory.
The awards are inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students based in the NT studying in qualifications from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care training package. These students are our future workforce.
To understand the roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, please read the fact sheet or visit the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners website.
The categories are:
- Aboriginal Health Practitioner: Remote / Urban / Specialist / New
- Aboriginal Health Worker: Remote / Urban
- Student Award: Advanced Studies / Emerging Aboriginal Health Practitioner / Emerging Aboriginal Health Worker
- Dr John Hargrave Honour Roll
Congratulations to the 2021 recipients
Student Award - Emerging Aboriginal Health Practitioner
Winner: Jecinta Tatipata, Casuarina Community Care Centre
Winner: Leah Carter Rankine, Ti Tree Primary Health Care Centre
Student Award - Advanced Studies
Winner: Sherryl King, Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service
Urban Aboriginal Health Worker
Winner: Ilija Jacobs, Top End Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drugs
Winner: Sherrelle Khan, Alice Springs Hospital
Remote Aboriginal Health Worker
Winner: Virgil John Puruntatameri, Pirlangimpi Primary Health Care Centre
Winner: Dorothy Gondarra, Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation
Highly Commended: Susan Mungatopi, Milikapiti Primary Health Care Centre
New Aboriginal Health Practitioner
Winner: Megan Munckton, Tennant Creek Hospital
Winner: Sarah Quong, Danila Dilba Health Service
Highly Commended: Chris Rankine-Johnson, Pine Creek Primary Health Care Centre
Urban Aboriginal Health Practitioner
Winner: Emslie Lankin, Alice Springs Hospital
Highly Commended: Elizabeth Hitchcock, Royal Darwin Hospital
Highly Commended: Keinan Keighran, Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service
Remote Aboriginal Health Practitioner
Winner: Sarah Mariyalawuy Bukulatjpi, Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation
Highly Commended: Maryanne Malbunka, Ntaria Primary Health Care Centre
Specialist Aboriginal Health Practitioner
Winner: Ricky Orr, Titjikala Primary Health Care Centre
Highly Commended: Eyvette Hawthorne, Royal Darwin Hospital
Highly Commended: Patricia Nundhirribala, Numbulwar Primary Health Care Centre
Dr John Hargrave Honour Roll
Congratulations to Charlie Gunabarra and Peter Pangquee who have both been recognised on the Dr John Hargrave Honour Roll, acknowledging lifetime career achievement and role modelling behaviour that is an inspiration to others.
Thank you to all of you who continue to support the awards by taking the time to nominate your peers.
A special mention to our partners the Australian Government Department of Health, Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise, United Workers Union, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) and the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP).
About the Dr John Hargrave Honour Roll
The Honour Roll is a prestigious award, recognising and celebrating an individual’s lifetime career achievements, whose role modelling behaviour inspires others.
This award has been renamed in honour of Dr John Hargrave MBE, AO who was a doctor, surgeon, educator, humanitarian and strong advocate for Indigenous people and their overall health and well-being.
Dr Hargrave is remembered as a truly humble man, a pioneer in his field and someone who had a profound impact on the development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Practitioner professions. His kindred spirit and legacy continues to inspire others across health care services in the Northern Territory.
The term Aboriginal refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Last updated: 02 September 2021
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