Researcher recognised for excellence

Two women and a man stand in front of a banner that reads South Metropolitan Health Service Excellence Awards. One woman holds a framed certificate.
Dr Dayse Távora-Vieira who was presented with her award, SMHS Research of the Year, by Spinnaker Health Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dana Henderson and SMHS Chief Executive Paul Forden.
April 18, 2019

A thirst for knowledge and a strong determination to provide the best possible care to her patients are just two attributes that saw Dr Dayse Távora-Vieira recognised for excellence.

Dr Távora-Vieira was recently named Researcher of the Year at the inaugural South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) Excellence Awards, which recognises staff of the health service who demonstrate excellence each and every day.

As Head of Audiology at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) and an active researcher for the past 11 years, Dr Távora-Vieira’s work has resulted in change to internationally accepted practice, benefiting audiology patients worldwide.

Closer to home, Dr Távora-Vieira’s research has placed FSH on the international stage in the field of hearing restoration, with the largest number of cochlear implant recipients with single-sided deafness in the world.

Dr Távora-Vieira, whose passion to be a clinician and researcher began when she was a child, said it was an honour to be recognised for her work.

“Providing the best possible care to my patients is what continues to drive my research,” Dr Távora-Vieira said.

“Routinely incorporating research into my daily work has permitted me to deliver that higher level of care our patients deserve.  It is an absolute privilege for me to see the results of my research being implemented and benefiting my patients.

“My research commitments are first and foremost dedicated to my patients and my team who have helped with every single research project.”

SMHS Chief Executive Paul Forden said he was continually impressed by the achievements of staff working across SMHS.

“It is amazing to see that under the care of Dr Távora-Vieira and her team, our patients have experienced major quality of life changes as a result of improved hearing,” Mr Forden said. 

“Dr Távora-Vieira’s work is one of many countless examples within our organisation of staff demonstrating exceptional care and exemplifying our values of Care, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Teamwork.”

The SMHS Excellence Awards (external site) recognise staff working across Fiona Stanley, Fremantle, Rockingham General and Murray District hospitals and community services for their commitment to excellent clinical care, great patient experience, engaging the workforce and strong community partnerships and innovation.

The Researcher of the Year was generous sponsored by Spinnaker Health Research Foundation (external site).

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