“I feel really honoured”: Physiotherapist Lauren Fernandez recognised for her outstanding care

Physiotherapist Lauren Fernandez is the recipient of the 2021 Noosh McGrath Excellence in Physiotherapy Award.

Peninsula Health physiotherapist Lauren Fernandez has been recognised by her peers for her exceptional patient care and commitment to her team’s wellbeing.

Lauren was recently awarded the Physiotherapy Department’s highest honour – the Noosh McGrath Excellence in Physiotherapy Award.

The award is given each year in memory of Noosh McGrath, who gave a lasting contribution to patients and fellow staff members when she worked as a physiotherapist at Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre, prior to her passing in December 2013.

“I feel really honoured to receive this award in Noosh’s name,” says Lauren.

“Given the expertise and skills within the Peninsula Heath Physiotherapy Department, I was both honoured and touched that I was nominated by my colleagues.”

“I have always been supported by my supervisors and peers throughout my career. I am thankful to have been given the opportunities to progress my leadership skills.”

Lauren, who joined Peninsula Health in June 2013, is currently a Grade 2 physiotherapist on the Sorrento ward at The Mornington Centre. While she treats a wide range of patients, she has gained experience caring for those of a higher weight, helping them throughout their physiotherapy and rehabilitation journey.  

“It can be quite complex working with this cohort as the patient type can vary considerably, but I enjoy the problem solving aspect of it,” says Lauren.

“It is a real team approach within the Physiotherapy Department, who aid with problem solving and treatment for these patients, and within the greater multidisciplinary team. I am very fortunate that the Sorrento ward team work so well together to facilitate care and are willing to assist with therapy sessions.”

“I wouldn’t be able to provide the therapy and achieve the outcomes we do without the physio and ward teams behind me.”

Allied Health Assistant Jayne Spriggs, Senior Physiotherapist Lisa Done, Physiotherapist Jessica Yamin, and Physiotherapist Lauren Fernandez.

Peninsula Health Head of Physiotherapy, Sally Harrowfield, says Lauren’s award was thoroughly deserved.

“Everyone was so pleased to see Lauren receive this year’s award,” says Sally

“She is a respected and admired member of the Physiotherapy team, with a reputation for being incredibly dedicated and caring for her patients and colleagues.”

“Lauren’s colleagues nominated her for her patient advocacy, her willingness to teach and build capacity in others, and for her exceptional work ethic.” 

Congratulations, Lauren, on receiving the 2021 Noosh McGrath Excellence in Physiotherapy Award. 

Criteria for the 2021 Noosh McGrath Award for Excellence in Physiotherapy

  1. Strong commitment to patient-centred care
  2. Advocacy for patients to help them reach their potential
  3. Support for staff wellbeing and a healthy work environment
  4. Strong work ethic
  5. Striving to provide the highest quality of care to patients