Mental health nurse named a finalist in prestigious awards

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WANMEA finalist, Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Nurse, Clive Batchelor, at the Hampton Road Service.
March 22, 2019

Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Nurse Clive Batchelor has been named a finalist in the 2019 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (WANMEA), in the Excellence in Registered Nursing category.

Clive has been a nurse for almost 20 years and enjoys the challenges of working in mental health.

“Being able to take someone from a low troubled place of being lonely and tormented by thoughts and the stresses of life, to a better place with more options and opportunities is one of the best parts of the job,” Clive said.

“Getting to know people, not just their mental health condition, and building a picture of their lives and their aspirations is really important.”

Clive leads a residential 10-bed mental health service in Fremantle, which provides time-limited respite for people experiencing a decline in their mental state.

One of his clients, Fran*, credits Clive with saving her life.

“A lot people, including myself, are only alive because he works here,” Fran said.

“He has the biggest heart and makes an extraordinary difference to all of our lives.”

Clive was overwhelmed to discover he was a finalist in the awards.

“I would find it hard to receive an award individually when we work so much as a team to help others,” he said.

“I include the clients in this as they help each other so much. I am proud and humbled to be recognised, it definitely makes me feel warm inside.”

Nominated by Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group Mental Health Services Medical Director Sharon Delahunty, she described Clive as an enormous asset to the mental health team and patients.

“His humility is one of many reasons his clients like and respect him. There is no power differential between Clive and the people he supports, she said.

“Clive demonstrates a respectful approach by making space for others who don’t always have a voice to be heard.”

South Metropolitan Health Service has four other WANMEA finalists:

  • Irene Chan, Enrolled Nurse, Fremantle Hospital
  • Renee DePrazer, Nursing and Midwifery Education Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Amanda Bath, Clinical Midwife Specialist, Fiona Stanley Hospital.
  • Jane O’Shea, Antenatal Clinic Coordinator, Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Winners will be announced at the WANMEA gala dinner on 11 May 2019.

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* not her real name