ASHM would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Sue Mason for her contribution to ASHM and to nurses that are providing care to people with viral hepatitis and advanced liver disease.
Sue is a hepatitis C Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, a past President and current active member of the Australasian Hepatology Association. Her Clinical Advisor role with ASHM began approximately 15 years ago.
Sue’s experience, expertise and commitment to nurses manifested in many ways. Her efforts enhanced knowledge and translated of that knowledge to practice ensuring the best patient outcomes. Her contributions have been highly valued by ASHM and course participants, and integral to the design and growth of the viral hepatitis component in the ASHM Nursing Program.
Sue has presented various ASHM led education programs including both hepatitis B and C nursing She was critical in the development of ASHM’s first hepatitis C course (2005) and hepatitis B course (2012). She has also reviewed the Hepatitis C: Your crucial roles as a Primary Health Care Nurse resources and assisted in the development and review of the Nurses and Hepatitis C resource.
Most recently, Sue was involved in the development of the newly launched Advanced Liver Disease online learning module. The volume of work Sue has completed for and with ASHM over the past 15 years is a true testament to her innate work ethic and passion for viral hepatitis education.
ASHM wishes Sue all the best for her future endeavours, and again thanks Sue for her significant contribution.
Meryl Jones Receives 2019 APNA AWARD
ASHM wishes to congratulate Meryl Jones as the recipient of the 2019 Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) Nurse of the Year Award. Meryl received the award for her work in refugee health at the Mater Refugee Health Service in Brisbane. Among many other responsibilities, the service supports people from refugee backgrounds navigate and access primary health care.
Meryl has provided her expertise to ASHM as a presenter of cultural care sessions at the hepatitis B and hepatitis C nurse courses in Brisbane and has also reviewed and updated relevant case studies and course materials. Course participants have responded extremely positively to Meryl’s knowledge and have appreciated her insight in to providing care for people with viral hepatitis from refugee backgrounds.
Meryl has worked with the Mater Refugee Health Service for 5 years and is currently the Nurse Unit Manager. After studying anthropology at Durham University, Meryl decided that the best way to combine her interest in the interaction between human culture and health, with a passion for social justice was to become a nurse - a decision that she has never once regretted. She has worked in diverse healthcare settings in the UK, Australia, East Africa and PNG, including vaccine research, cardiac and ENT surgical outreach and paediatric emergency.
Meryl made the change from tertiary to primary care when she moved to refugee health nursing and loves the challenge of providing meaningful, patient-centred healthcare across the diverse cultures - such as those represented by our refugee and asylum seeker communities. She is keen to share her passion with other health professionals working with people of refugee background. This has led her to present at national and international conferences on the work of the Mater Refugee Health Service and work with groups providing education to health professionals, such as ASHM and The Paediatric Nurse.