NZNO Award – Services to Nursing and Midwifery 2017
This year there are two recipients of the NZNO Services to Nursing and Midwifery Award. Dr Helen Snell and Pepe
Sinclair. NZNO President Grant Brookes presented the awards at the Annual Conference at Te Papa this week.
Dr Helen Snell has had a long and distinguished career as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. She is a strong
advocate for diabetes nurses and online learning programmes for primary health care nurses.
“Dr Helen Snell was New Zealand’s first nurse practitioner diabetes and related conditions. Her contribution to nursing
knowledge of diabetes is very significant and she was a crucial lead for Health Workforce NZ diabetes workforce review.
She was instrumental in the launch of e-learning diabetes programme for health professionals,” Grant Brookes says.
Pepe Sinclair has worked for many years as a mental health nurse, has been involved in national and international
research on mental health, wellbeing and nursing workloads.
“She is lecturer and a passionate advocate for better health outcomes for Pacific people. This award goes to a mother,
grandmother and great grandmother born in Rakahanga Cook Islands,” Grant Brookes said.
“A warm congratulations to Pepe Sinclair and Dr Helen Snell.”