Allied Health Excellence Recognised


Social Worker and proud Wiradjuri woman, Madeleine Bridge, has been recognised for her unwavering commitment to Aboriginal patients and their families with a nomination at this year’s NSW Health Excellence in Allied Health Awards.

Madeleine Bridge profile picture next to card that states Excellence in Allied Health Awards finalist

As part of the Acute Care Team at Nepean Hospital and the Social Work After Hours Service, Madeleine advocates for Aboriginal patients in their most important time of need. Through her person-centred and trauma-informed approach, Madeleine provides cultural safety in all her interactions with patients and their families, both within the Hospital and with external agencies.

With a focus on always placing respect and dignity at the centre of her work, Madeleine is a deserving finalist in the category of Aboriginal Allied Health Professional of the Year.

“I love working with First nations patients and their families during some of the most difficult periods of their life. As a Wiradjuri woman providing cultural safety, advocacy and therapeutic support for patients and their families in an acute setting is incredibly important and rewarding work,” says Madeleine.

Having grown her career at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, starting as an Aboriginal Social Work cadet, then participating in the Social Work New Graduate Program before progressing to her current role, Madeleine has a strong understanding of the local community and their needs.

Now, Madeleine shares her passion and knowledge by developing Aboriginal social workers within the Local Health District, providing cultural support, mentoring to cadets, and supporting students with placements.

“I deeply care about my community and is the reason I chose to go into social work. Bettering the health outcomes for first nations people will always be my priority. Throughout my years in health, I’ve also had the honour of working alongside other Aboriginal staff which has been extremely motivating and inspiring to continue to work in this space,” says Madeleine.

Congratulations, Madeleine on your nomination. Winners of the NSW Health Excellence in Allied Health Awards will be announced on 29 February 2024.

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