A celebration of two very special nurses

08 Aug 2023

We recently celebrated nursing excellence at St Vincent’s with the presentation of the 2023 Dame Quentin Bryce Nursing Scholarships.

This is the first time the award has been shared between two nurses, because, in the end, we just couldn’t split them, such is the high standard of their work.

The awards were proudly presented to Madeline Lam and Shaoyun Guan, by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, at an event held at Caritas Christi Hospice. 

Both Madeline and Shao find enormous purpose and satisfaction in specialising in palliative care. Their colleagues and their patients speak incredibly highly of them and their compassion and professionalism.

We were very grateful to have the scholarship’s namesake, Dame Quentin, participate in the ceremony and personally congratulate Madeline and Shao on their achievement.

“The scholarship is a significant initiative that gives nurses who have chosen this noble path the opportunity to fine tune their skills. By advancing their studies, they will both be better equipped to provide care focused on improving and sustaining the quality of life for patients and their loved ones,” Dame Quentin said.

Pictured from left: Madeline Lam, Dame Quentin Bryce and Shaoyun Guan

Congratulations, Madeline and Shaoyun!

Click here to read more about this year's recipients.

If you would like to support our hard working nurses, visit: St Vincent’s Nursing Scholarship Fund

Pictured from left: St Vincent's Health Australia Foundation CEO Sue Parkes, Dame Quentin Bryce, Madeline Lam, Shaoyun (Shao) Guan, and St Vincent’s Public Hospital CEO, Nicole Tweddle 

There would be no St Vincent’s without palliative care

St Vincent’s opened Australia’s first palliative care service – Sacred Heart Hospice – in Sydney in 1890.

Caritas Christi opened in Melbourne in the late 1930s, Victoria’s first inpatient palliative care facility. Brisbane followed in 1957, when we opened the state’s first modern palliative care service at Kangaroo Point.

It’s an area of clinical expertise that is core to the St Vincent’s identity and central to our purpose to care for people at their most vulnerable and fragile.

We're now arguably Australia's leading palliative care provider with extensive inpatient and in-home services in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.


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