Murdoch nurse wins key health and safety award

Megan Silvey, a registered nurse at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, has won the WA State Government Award for Safety and Health Representative of the Year.

3 October 2019

She earned the award in recognition of her high level of commitment to the role, bringing significant positive changes to the endoscopy department by identifying safety issues.

The WA Government’s Work Health and Safety Excellence awards recognise outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems in Western Australia. 

Megan said she was honoured to be recognised for her work in improving patient outcomes.

“For me the biggest reward is knowing that the work I have done to improve our culture of safety within the unit has helped improve patient outcomes,” she said.

“Our safety practices mean that we are not just doing the best thing for the patient but doing the best thing for ourselves as well.”

This is the second award that Megan has won for her safety efforts, after she won the St John of God Health Care Tony Howarth Leadership in Health and Safety Award for the same category at the start of 2019.

“Megan not only better engaged and informed her peers to help create a safer working environment, but she also had the courage to speak up when she thought things were not being managed as best they could,” Group Director Workforce Rita Maguire said. 

“Her actions resulted in changes to infrastructure in the department, to better manage patient care. Congratulations Megan, we are very proud of your achievement.”

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