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MEDIA RELEASE: Staff and volunteers celebrated in annual awards
  14 Dec 2021

Recognised by her peers as a leader and advocate for her fellow paramedics, Bridie Morley has been named the Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise Paramedic of the Year in the 2021 St John NT Excellence Awards.

The Paramedic of the Year is selected for their commitment to St John NT’s values, showing respect and compassion for all patients and staff while consistently demonstrating excellence in patient care.

“Bridie is an honest clinician and valued mentor, who enthusiastically works with her peers to achieve the best result and has a passion for staff safety and wellbeing,” St John NT CEO Judith Barker said.

“She is dedicated to enacting positive change within the organisation and is respected for her inclusivity, proactivity and her ability to provide culturally sensitive care to the community. She joins an alumni of recipients who have provided significant and valuable service to our community.”

The St John NT Excellence Awards recognise staff and volunteers for their leadership, outstanding level of care and professionalism. They include 13 categories incorporating paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, patient transport officers, volunteers and corporate services staff.

Ms Barker said that this year had been particularly notable for people’s ability to quickly adapt to change, learn new skills and reprioritise goals, all while continuing to provide the best care for Territorians.

“I am proud of what we have achieved for the community, and even more proud of the people who got us there."

“I want to thank all of our nominees for the contribution they have made to St John NT and our community.” 

Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise President, and sponsor of the 2021 Paramedic of the Year, James Smith also congratulated all of this year’s nominees.

“Rotary’s belief is that a person can serve their community through exemplary professional practice, through the demonstration of integrity and high ethical standards, and through recognising the contribution of different occupations in our community.”

The St John NT Excellence Awards 2021 are kindly supported by the Northern Territory Government, Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise, Charles Darwin University, Australasian College of Paramedicine, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, AANT, Area9, Colemans, Bunnings, ABC Darwin and First Nations TV.

The St John NT Excellence Awards 2021 recipients:

Junior Member of the Year

Eliana Green, Katherine Division

Cadet Member of the Year

Patrick Irwin, Humpty Doo Division

Cadet Division of the Year


Operational Support Member of the Year

Lindon Johnson, Alice Springs Division

Peter Falkland Youth Leader

Claire Hensby, Palmerston Division

Paramedic of the Year Southern Region

Rachael Welsh, Alice Springs

Paramedic of the Year Northern Region

Bridie Morley, Darwin

Patient Transport Officer of the Year

Theo Gialamas, Darwin

Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year

Adrian Cousins, Alice Springs

Adult Volunteer Division of the Year


Excellence in Service Award

Maria Rooney, Volunteer and Events Coordinator Darwin

Adult Volunteer of the Year

Johannes Baluyot, Casuarina Division

Paramedic of the Year

Bridie Morley, Darwin


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