Paediatrician’s prestigious honour

A local Broken Hill paediatrician, Dr Margaret Kummerow, has been announced as the regional winner of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Michelle Beets Award for Inspirational PaediatricCare for 2023.

Dr Kummerow is the first doctor from the Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) to win the prestigious award that is presented to a regional and metropolitan healthcare worker who delivers outstanding neonatal and paediatric care across the full spectrum of clinical practice including medical, midwifery, nursing, and allied health.

“The Michelle Beets Award is an acknowledgement of Dr Kummerow’s unwavering commitment to the children, young people and families of Far West NSW over many years,” FWLHD Director Medical Services, Dr Sarah Wenham, said.

“Over the last decade, she has shown she is committed to ensuring the best possible child and family-centred, evidence-based clinical care is provided as close to home as possible for the children of Far West NSW. We are very proud to see this recognition of such a hardworking, local doctor.”

Dr Kummerow has been providing care to neonates and children in the community and at Broken Hill Hospital since 2013. She has been involved in the development of guidelines for paediatric emergency transport and is responsible for implementing a Paediatric Acute Referral Clinic to ensure children who present to the Emergency Department receive timely care and follow-up support.


Dr Kummerow will receive $25,000 worth of medical equipment through the Humpy Dumpty Foundation to use through the Broken Hill Health Service, as well as a $5000 bursary for her own professional development, training, or research.


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