MAREEBA local Michelle Bombardieri was recognised for her incredibly important work in the healthcare sector as she was awarded the Excellence in Managing Workplace Culture at the 2019 Annual Australian College of Midwives Awards.
Mrs Bombardieri has an extensive career in healthcare which spans decades, of which includes her current role as the Unit Manager of Maternity and Paediatrics at the Mareeba Hospital. The leadership and mentorship Mrs Bombardieri has provided her staff in the role is apparent as they nominated her for the award.
A member of the Mareeba Hospital staff said Michelle’s focus is to advocate for the woman and her family.
“Michelle supports the midwives, enrolled nurses, Indigenous liaison officers, administration staff and the obstetric and anaesthetic teams to achieve their full potential by reminding us in all forums that the woman and their family are always at the centre of our care,” they said.
Mrs Bombardieri said it is an honour to have received the award, particularly given that the nomination was courtesy of her staff.
“I am very proud to have won the award – and while it is a privilege to be recognised individually in this fashion, this award is due to the entire team’s effort,” she said.
“It’s not just the midwives I work with, every staff member at the Mareeba Hospital play an enormous role in ensuring that we put the community first and I think that’s why this hospital has such strong engagement and respect from the public.
“The staff here makes a concerted effort to be present within the community and it’s something that is pushed at the Mareeba Hospital, which is why I enjoy working here so much.”
Mrs Bombardieri said the main thing she tries to implement in her role as Unit Manager of Maternity and Paediatrics is being an advocate for the woman and their family.
“First and foremost my focus is to ensure we work towards providing the mother and her child with a high standard of care,” she said.
“They are at the centre of our decision making, which makes my role a challenging yet extremely diverse and rewarding one.”
Mrs Bombardieri said she would like to thank her staff for nominating her for the Annual Australian College of Midwives Award, along with her fellow colleagues at the Mareeba Hospital and the entire community for their unwavering support.
Mrs Bombardieri is yet another testament to the abundance of professionals Mareeba boasts who continue to do invaluable work throughout the community.