Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Goldfields Nurse Awarded for Plan to Fight Post-Natal Depression In Brazil
Victor P Taffa
Leonora Community Nurse Naomi Sprigg dos Santos has been awarded the first WA Minister for Health’s International Outreach Fellowship, Health Minister Kim Hames said today.
Dr. Hames said the inaugural award was worth $20,000, which would be used to fund a project developed by Mrs Sprigg dos Santos to identify and treat Post-Natal Depression (PND) in Brazil.
The program will use an internationally-accredited method of identifying PND, called the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in an area with a low socioeconomic profile to identify women with PND to be referred for further assessment and treatment.
The inaugural fellowship was established to provide a Western Australian-based senior registered nurse or midwife to undertake overseas clinical experience in a developing company.
The Minister said the award signified Mrs. Sprigg dos Santos’ achievements and individual commitment to nursing.
“It gives me great pleasure to know this inaugural funding has gone to such a worthy project, to identify post-natal depression in a compromised community in Brazil.” the Minister said.
“This builds on West Australian health professionals’ commitment to working in the developing world and also bolsters our own knowledge in WA, as Ms Sprigg dos Santos may bring back with her strategies used in Brazil to identify high-risk people and groups.”
“This is an exciting and worthy project to undertake with this fellowship funding.”
Mrs. Sprigg dos Santos said receiving the fellowship was a ‘real honour’.
“I feel honoured to represent the department overseas. Working with minority groups has been a lifelong passion of mine and I’ve worked in indigenous health for 12 years.” Mrs. Sprigg said.
Mrs. Sprigg dos Santos was an exchange student to Brazil in 1992, sponsored by the Boulder Rotary Club.