Congratulations to Zsuzsoka Kecskes, an Associate Professor at the ANU Medical School, who was named the ACT Australian of the Year.
Zsuzsoka has pioneered the development of a web based service called NICUCAM which enables parents and families of infants in the neonatal intensive care ward to watch their babies when they aren't at the hospital. NICUCAM is the first of its kind in Australia and has won international awards. This initiative has been facilitated by the excellent support given by the ANU's Information Technology Services which provided the platform for NICUCAM to commence operations.
Due to her extensive experience in and leadership of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Zsuzsoka played a central role in a four-year project to design and develop Canberra's new Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, working closely with families who have experienced neonatal care to develop a family-friendly, baby-focused, state-of-the-art facility.
In addition to her clinical work Zsuzsoka plays a significant leadership role within the Medical School as Deputy Chair of the Professionalism and Leadership theme of the curriculum. She draws on her broad involvement in transforming whole-of-hospital systems and processes to enhance the quality and safety of patient care. She is widely respected as an outstanding clinician and, with the whole team working in the NICU, provides students from the ANU Medical School on their neonatal rotations with excellent learning experiences, passing on her knowledge and research that has informed best practice treatment of newborn babies in Australia and around the world.