A National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre nurse who spent six months on military deployment in Afghanistan last year has won the prestigious award named in honour of the Australian surgeon and war hero, Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop.
Ms Bronte Douglas, RN, who heads up the Royal Darwin Hospital Trauma Nursing Service, was presented with the annual award at the Australian Military Medicine Association (AMMA) conference in Melbourne at the weekend.
Ms Douglas, also a reservist Squadron Leader with the Royal Australian Air Force, was deployed to the Combined Joint Operations Centre to work as a senior member in the medical operations coordination cell in southern Afghanistan last year.
Ms Douglas gave a presentation at the conference, titled “The Intelligent Tasking Project 2010 – Aeromedical evacuation coordination in Southern Afghanistan”, based on her experience coordinating the retrieval of injured frontline soldiers.
Dr. “Weary” Dunlop was one of the AMMA’s first three Life Members, being elected in August 1992, the year before he died and the first year the Award was presented.
The Award is for the best original paper presented at the Annual Scientific Conference by a Member of the Association. The annual winner receives a Certificate and a monetary prize of $750.
Dr Len Notaras, Executive Director of the NCCTRC, said: “I am incredibly proud of Bronte’s achievement and it demonstrates her dedication, professionalism and courage for taking on the assignment to Afghanistan.”