Health Skills Australia graduates recognised for special achievements

Posted by on 20 December 2016

Two Health Skills Australia (HSA) nursing graduates received more than their diplomas in November, when they were also presented with College awards.

Tuija Juusti (pictured, second from left) received the 2016 Academic Achievement Award for earning the highest overall grade average across all units of competency in her Diploma of Nursing.

Tina Miller (second from right) was presented with the 2016 Rosemary MacKenzie Award, in memory of the mother of HSA founder, Chris White. This recognition is in line with the founding principles of Health Skills Australia, which is to make a positive difference in the lives of those in care.

Award background

Rosemary Mackenzie was inspired to become a nurse by her father’s early death, when she was seven years old. She trained at the Royal Adelaide Hospital from 1951 to 1954 and worked in the profession until 1999.

Rosemary was Director of Nursing at several aged care facilities and was involved in the planning and building of the then state-of-the art Freemason's Nursing Home in 1972 where she was the Director of Nursing for the 10 years.

Throughout her career, Rosemary was the recipient of several awards for nursing innovation, particularly in the area of management of dementia. She was also involved in setting up of the Bachelor of Nursing program at Flinders University, the first Bachelor program in South Australia and developed the aged care module of the course, supervising hundreds of students in clinical practice and course work.

Inspiration through dedication

Rosemary died in 2006 at the age of 72 leaving a legacy of better nursing practices in aged care. The HSA award given in her name, is not an academic award but is for the student who displays compassion, commitment, empathy and caring for those in their care and also towards the staff and students throughout the duration of their studies at Health Skills Australia.

The College wishes all of its 2016 graduates a successful future of rewards for their dedication to study and passion for the nursing profession.

Pictured L to R: Dr Scott Dickson, Dean, Tuija Juusti, Tina Miller and Lindsay Bava, Head of School, HSA