St Vincent’s Emergency Department Physicians recognised with national accolade

St Vincents Hospital Melbourne

Image: (L to R)  Dr Clare Skinner (ACEM President), Dr Jennie Hutton, Deborah Barnes and Nicole Watt (from St Vincent’s Wilam Ngarrang team), Dr Georgina Phillips and Dr John Bonning (former ACEM president) 

Three Emergency Department Physicians from St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne have been recognised with awards from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

Dr Georgina Phillips, Dr Jennie Hutton and Dr Stuart Diley were nationally praised for their contribution and commitment to the field of Emergency Medicine.

Dr Phillips was presented the Global Emergency Care Research Award that recognises authors responsible for the most significant published research papers. She received the award for her 2022 research paper: You can make change happen: Experiences of Emergency Medicine Leadership in the Pacific.

Dr Phillips, who is the paper’s lead author, has been the recipient of this award for the past three years. This year's winning paper was co-authored by Professor Peter Cameron, Dr Dennis Lee, Dr Gerard O’Reilly and Dr Shivani Shailin.

The award acknowledged those supporting and encouraging research into global emergency care as an essential step in reducing current global health disparities for people from low and middle-income countries.

The Al Spilman Award for Culturally Safe Emergency Departments for 2022 was presented to St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne’s Indigenous Health Equity Working Group. Dr Jennie Hutton accepted the award on behalf of the team involved.

It highlights the efforts of this group in ensuring cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori patients, visitors and staff in the hospital’s Emergency Department. 

The third recipient was Dr Stuart Dilley, who received the Teaching Excellence Award. Dr Dilley, who retired recently, was recognised for his distinguished and extensive service in Emergency Medicine teaching and learning at ACEM. 

“I am humbled by the contribution these leaders have made to the advancement of Emergency Medicine practice, locally and globally,” said Dr Jonathan Karro, Director of Emergency Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. 

“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have such incredible, dedicated, compassionate and skilled Emergency Physician clinicians, educators and researchers amongst our group.”