Meet Hayley, NSW Training Awards finalist
Congratulations to Hayley Benge, on becoming a finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year in the NSW Training Awards for the Western Sydney and Blue Mountains region.
Hayley started work as an Allied Health Assistant in the Rehabilitation Outpatient Unit at Nepean Hospital in 2021 when she was just 16 and has continued her passion and eagerness to learn new skills.
“It feels amazing to be nominated and more amazing that people I've met throughout my course believe I deserve this, I feel very grateful for those people and to be nominated for the statewide traineeship awards,” says Hayley.
“I love everything about my job, but a highlight would be following physiotherapy treatments to help patients get better and get home, it's such a rewarding feeling seeing a smile on my patient's face.”
Nurse Educator, Mary van den Dolder says Hayley continues to demonstrate remarkable resilience and maturity beyond her years during the COVID-19 pandemic and richly deserves this award.
“Hayley is the one of the best AHA Aboriginal Trainees we have ever had at Nepean Hospital. She is a valued team member, so much so that when she is rotated amongst the AHA team, they do not want her to move to the next rotation!” says Mary.
The awards take place Friday 24 June at The William Inglis Hotel, Warwick Farm. Good luck Hayley!