The 2021 NSW Health Awards finalists have been released today, with outstanding NSW Health workers from around the state honoured for their exceptional contributions. One notably inclusion is Mary Vincent, nominated by the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly sends his best wishes to all the finalists, and in particular to Mary Vincent from the Mt Druitt hospital palliative care unit.

Mary has been a Palliative Care volunteer since 2016 with the WSLHD Palliative Care Service. As a dedicated volunteer, Mary has demonstrated incredible compassion and kindness to staff, patients’, and families. The kindness that Mary has shown aligns to the Elevating the Human Experience guide and the Kindness Works Here initiative.

WSLHD is supported by more than 50 palliative care volunteers across Mount Druitt, Blacktown and Westmead Hospitals.

Volunteers give up their time sitting with, supporting, and caring for patients when their loved ones cannot be there.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor, will both present an award at the event.

“2021 was another extraordinary year for the NSW Health system,” Mr Hazzard said.

“These awards truly recognise the amazing teamwork of our healthcare providers, in every facet of the system.”

In the 23rd year of the awards, NSW Health received 192 nominations, highlighting the variety of innovative and sustainable health programs delivering significant outcomes to patients around the state.

The awards will be held via livestream, with live sites at every Local Health District, Network and Pillar statewide and will be truly interactive, with live crosses throughout to celebrate with all of the winners.

The 23rd Annual NSW Health Awards will be livestreamed on the NSW Health website at 12:30pm on Thursday 19 May.

The full list of finalists and their projects is also available on the NSW Health website

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