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Specsavers Dame Mary Perkins Medal Finalists Announced

Ten Australian and three New Zealand finalists have been announced for Specsavers’s 2021 inaugural Dame Mary Perkins Medal for Outstanding Patient Care.

While the Doug Perkins Medal recognises consistently high standards of clinical excellence and patient care for partners or individuals, the Mary Perkins Medal recognises exceptional act of patient care in 2020/21 – going above and beyond in one or more of the following categories:

the Mary Perkins Medal recognises exceptional act of patient care in 2020/21

• Customer service,
• Clinical care,
• Clinical leadership, or
• Teamwork to benefit patient care.

The finalists also demonstrated a positive impact to a patient or their community and how it exemplified one or more of the Specsavers behaviours:
• Care for each other,
• Work as a team,
• Keep it simple, get it done,
• Always improve things,
• Treat money wisely, and
• Do the right thing.

Unlike the Doug Perkins Medal, which is based on clinical and bench-marking data, the Dame Mary Perkins Medal considers nominations within the Specsavers network. Individuals, teams or stores are eligible, including retail and optometry team members and partners.


The finalists for Australia, as announced at the Specsavers Clinical Conference on 11 August are:
1. The team, Runaway Bay Qld
2. Nicole Nguyen, Hollywood SA
3. Mariane Nguyen, Norwa NSW
4. Duncan Lu, Mittagong NSW
5. Fan Wu, Richmond NSW
6. Gerard McCarron & Sandra Fawcett, Cessnock NSW
7. Chris Blanch, Rockhampton QLD
8. Michael Swinson, Spearwood WA
9. Marielle Coluccio, Bankstown NSW
10. Mariane Nguyen & Lizzie Hedges, Nowra NSW

New Zealand

The finalists for New Zealand are:
1. Celeste Raisbeck, Rotoura
2. Max Drennan, Tauranga
3. Karthi Param, St Lukes

Two winners (one in AUS, one in NZ) will be announced by Dame Mary Perkins at the SCC event in Brisbane on September 15, 2021.


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