Rockingham Diabetes Nurse Educator takes out top award

Diabetes Nurse Educator receives award
August 21, 2015

Rockingham General Hospital Diabetes Nurse Maxine Schlaeppi has been named Health Professional of the Year at the inaugural Diabetes WA Excellence Awards.

Speaking after the event, Maxine said she felt very humbled to receive the award.

“This is most definitely an honour, but as far as I’m concerned I’m just doing my job,” Maxine said.

The award honours an individual who has made a demonstrated impact on people with diabetes and/or their families through finding the most effective treatments and support for managing the condition to promote increased well-being and happiness.

Deanne Dymock Manager Community Relations for Diabetes WA commented that Maxine is highly regarded amongst her peers and patients.

“She is known for going the extra mile in all aspects of the care and support she offers. So this award is a true reflection of her commitment to people with diabetes,” Deanne said.

This award comes on the back of other recent successes for the RGH Diabetes team. In 2013, the Self-Management and Review Type 1 Education (SMaRT1E) program was named as winner in the Empowering Patients category before taking the top honours of the Director General’s Award.

Rockingham Peel Group Executive Director Geraldine Carlton commended Maxine for her commitment to patient care.

“I understand nominations come from patients, as well as Diabetes WA staff, so this award is a positive endorsement for the care and treatment our diabetes patients receive.”

There were more celebrations at the event, with Rockingham patient, Mrs Catherine White, joining Maxine as an award winner.

Mrs White was awarded a Kellion Victory Medal which recognises both the achievements of living a fulfilling life with Type 1 diabetes and inspires younger people to reach their potential.

Mrs White was nominated for the medal having lived with insulin dependent diabetes for 50 years.

Photo caption: Diabetes Nurse Educator Maxine Schlaeppi with Kellion Victory Medal recipient Mrs White and her husband