Recognition for AHS organ donation services

Nabeela presenting
December 23, 2019

It’s been a busy year for DonateLife Clinical Nurse Specialist Nabeela Shihab who has played a pivotal role in raising awareness about organ and tissue donation in our hospital and the local community.

To talk with Nabeela, you very quickly pick up on her passion and pride in the accomplishments of Armadale Health Service (AHS) and DonateLife WA and whilst a normal part of her role includes providing education for staff that come into contact with the organ and tissues donation process, Nabeela has gone the Extra Mile this year, showcasing the work of Armadale Health Service's organ and tissue donation service on the National and International stage.

Most recently, Nabeela travelled to Dubai to present not one, but two papers at the 15th Congress of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement – an event where more than 650 delegates from 52 countries came together to share ideas, experiences and innovation to foster, promote and develop all aspects of organ and tissue donation.

Nabeela’s first paper and poster presentation was a case study, highlighting AHS’s successful role in an organ donor referral from a regional hospital.

Nabeela also gave an oral presentation titled “Is it possible or is it not?, Commencement of organ donation services in a smaller hospital in Western Australia” which charted the journey of AHS in setting up the service.

This paper received one of eight scientific awards under the Scientific Program, presented at the congress. She explains that the awards, chosen from a possible 180 plus papers were based on the scientific merit and excellence of the abstracts.

“This was the only award to WA, and one of two that were presented to Australian delegates. The journey of AHS received many compliments from our National and International colleagues but my favourite came from a colleague at DonateLife Victoria – 'The biggest surprise for me at this Congress is your hospital, I am truly humbled to hear the journey of Armadale. One of the most deserving awards at the congress’.”

On reflection of her experience at the congress, Nabeela is grateful for the support of her AHS colleagues and all the Australian delegation who were present in the audience during her presentation.

“I am very proud of what we at AHS and DonateLife WA has achieved and continue to strive for, but I never thought an International audience at such a prestigious event would relate to our journey as much as I do,” she said.

“I’m also thankful to all who support our work and encourage us to attend such educational events. It’s evidence of how Armadale Hospital leads excellence in service delivery. The experience and knowledge that I gained from the congress is invaluable to me.”​​