Advocate for improved mother and baby care wins top award

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Peta Fisher, Winner of the 2021 SMHS Board Award
May 25, 2021

Peta Fisher’s determination to continually improve maternity service access and outcomes at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) is best described as ‘a force for change’.

Whether advocating for either low risk patients or those with more complex and diverse needs, Peta is passionate about improving maternity and neonatal patient outcomes and experiences.

This consistent commitment to improving the experience of FSH maternity patients was recognised when Peta won the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) Board Award at the recent 2021 SMHS Excellence Awards (external site).

As Coordinator of Nursing and Midwifery for Surgical Specialities & Women's, Children and Newborn services at Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group, Peta has driven numerous initiatives, including:

  • improved access for women south of the river with low-risk pregnancies to have a more home-like, holistic birthing experience within the Family Birthing Centre
  • improving the patient assessment experience through greater privacy and access to midwifery, medical and obstetric teams
  • providing continuity of care to pregnant Aboriginal women who may otherwise struggle to access maternity care.

Through her enthusiastic leadership, Peta has forged a dynamic maternity unit with staff eager to expand their skills, promote new ideas and improve care or work environments.

Peta said she was both humbled and honoured to receive the SMHS Board Award.

“This award acknowledges that the investment myself and our nursing and midwifery staff make in growing our services so they truly meets the needs of our patients is worthwhile and valued by SMHS,” Peta said.

“I am so happy that our midwives and nurses are seen for the valuable contribution they make to our patients and their families.”

Peta said she was grateful to work for an innovative organisation like SMHS that supports her to enable best practice midwifery-led care in a hospital setting.

SMHS Board Chair Adjunct Associate Professor Robyn Collins said Peta embodied the health service’s values through her tireless work to provide safe, high quality and accessible health services to patients and staff.

“Peta deserves recognition for improving outcomes, accessibility, and the experience of maternity and neonatal patients,” Robyn said.

“Just as importantly, Peta inspires her staff to achieve the best outcomes and provide some of the best services in the state.”

The SMHS Excellence Awards celebrate high-achieving staff across Fiona Stanley, Fremantle and Rockingham General and Murray Districts hospitals who exemplify the SMHS core values of Care, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Teamwork in their care and service each and every day.

The SMHS Board Award was generously sponsored by Gold sponsor, BD, and is one of the four individual category awards.

See more 2021 SMHS Excellence Awards winners (external site).

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