At this year’s Annual General Meeting, two staff members were awarded scholarships to conduct a project or research study that creates opportunities to improve the quality of life for our clients.
The Don Hutchison Scholarship - Don Hutchison served on the Brightwater Board for 25 years, with the final 13 as Chairman. To honour his outstanding achievement, an annual scholarship was established in his name in 2001.
The 2020 Don Hutchison Scholarship was awarded to Brightwater Speech Pathologist Niall Taylor, for his project titled The development and validation of a dysphagia screening tool for residential aged care. Niall’s project will develop and validate a dysphagia screening tool for use by nurses within residential aged care for the early identification of dysphagia and timely referral and implementation of management strategies.
The Peter Lane Scholarship was established in 2008 through a donation from the Lane family in memory of their son, Peter. Peter had an acquired neurological disability and lived in the Brightwater community until in 2004. Throughout Peter's time with Brightwater, his family campaigned for increased expertise in the area of neurological disability.
The 2020 Peter Lane Scholarship was awarded to Keith Bocks, Counsellor at Brightwater Oats Street, for his project titled Develop a best practice model for a pastoral care service. Keith’s project will build on the current service at Oats Street to define a best-practice approach to spiritual care. This will be achieved by developing a referral mechanism and methods for identifying spiritual care needs and developing a collaborative relationship with the Pastoral Care Service at Fiona Stanley Hospital. The project will develop a framework that can be translated to other Brightwater sites.