Congratulations Irene Mitchelhill!

Congratulations Irene Mitchelhill!

CLAN was thrilled to learn that Irene Mitchelhill was awarded the Judith Meppem Lifetime Achievement Award at the NSW  Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards held at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday 7th September.

This award publically acknowledges the significant contribution that Irene has made to improving the health outcomes of patients and families in Australia and overseas through her professional commitment to the Nursing Profession over the past 43 years of her career.

Irene has worked in the area of paediatric endocrinology since 1980, developing expertise in the assessment of growth and development of children and adolescents with hormonal irregularities. Key highlights of Irene's career include:
•    Consultancy and development of the Emergency Hydrocortisone App., launched by Pfizer in March, 2014
•    Support of CAH Club Meetings conducted by CLAN in Vietnam and Indonesia
•    Launched of the CAH PepTalk website, a parent education website for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia that is available in English, Vietnamese and Indonesian language (with an Urdu version pending!)
•    Work with CLAN to develop a patient education DVD based on the CAH PepTalk program and shared with patients and families in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2012 and Jakarta, Indonesia 2012 (before internet access was widely available to families in these countries)
•    Consultant to the Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Support Group Australia and support of annual Seminar planning.
•    Development of Growth Hormone DVD for families with growth problems: "Reaching their potential".
•    Contribution to research with four first author papers; contributing author in two book chapters and involvement in two book reviews; invited speaker at the Endocrine Nurses Society Annual Conferences 2014 in Chicago and 2015 in Savannah, Georgia
•    Completed her Master of Nursing and presented internationally in Europe, South America and the USA.

This year,  Irene has been invited to contribute to the International Textbook of Advanced Practice Nursing in Endocrinology and to be an invited speaker at the Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society (APPES) Continuing Medical Education Conference for trainees in Hanoi and Hue, Vietnam. Due for completion in May 2016 are the School Health Care plans for Endocrine patients with Adrenal Insufficiency, Hypopituitarism, Hypoglycaemia and Diabetes Insipidus. Versions will be available on the ENSA Website.
The quality of Irene's practice as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Australia is outstanding and feedback from medical, allied health, patients and families reflect consistent excellent performance in all the domains of practice.

Congratulations Irene - and sincere thanks from everyone at CLAN for your incredible contribution to CAH families in the Asia Pacific region!