Leading nurse practitioner Sue McDonald was selected as the winner of the 2016 Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) Quality Use of Medicines Award in Alice Springs on September 2nd.

Each year, the ACNP recognises a Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse who works consistently with consumers with moderate or severe pain to optimise their health and wellbeing. When being considered for this award, applicants were required to outline the strategies they have implemented in their area of practice to contribute to the achievement of better outcomes for patients.

Sue McDonald’s holistic approach and use of evidenced-based strategies to improve the care received by her patients is what set her apart for the judges. Her practice in Queensland has focussed on improving residents’ quality of life and health outcomes in the aged care setting, with an interest in treating chronic and malignant pain. Sue’s extensive discussions with patients, their families, the nursing staff and care staff, combined with the consideration of pharmacological and non-pharmacological solutions have enabled her improve patient outcomes.

Amanda Davies, CEO of ACNP commented: “We have received an unprecedented number of entries this year, and the calibre was outstanding. Nurse practitioners have a powerful role in improving the outcome for patients who suffer from pain, and it is fantastic to see the ground breaking work they undertake to change the face of healthcare.”

Sue’s win was revealed in front of over 150 dinner guests at the ACNP’s 11th annual conference held in Alice Springs. This year’s ACNP QUM Award was exclusively sponsored by Mundipharma Pty Limited who have been supporting the award since 2013.

For more information about ACNP and the ACNP Quality Use of Medicines Award, click here.