A life dedicated to nursing: Sue Morey’s 50-year legacy - Institute for Respiratory Health

A life dedicated to nursing: Sue Morey’s 50-year legacy

Friday, May 05, 2023 | News

On Friday, May 12, the world will celebrate International Nurses Day, a time to recognise the incredible contribution of nurses to healthcare.

Among the many deserving nurses is Sue Morey, a nurse practitioner, who has spent more than half a century dedicated to improving the lives of countless Western Australian patients with lung conditions.

Sue’s achievements and tireless commitment to enhancing healthcare are highlighted in her recently published book, ‘Making a Difference: The Life and Career of Sue Morey’.

Professor Geoff Stewart, Director at the Institute for Respiratory Health said, “Sue is an exceptional nurse leader – she’s provided outstanding care to patients with lung conditions like cystic fibrosis and mesothelioma at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for more than 50 years.

“In 2004, her exceptional service and outstanding contribution to respiratory medicine nursing were recongised when she received the Order of Australia Medal.

“Her impact extends far beyond the hospital walls. She’s also a passionate advocate for respiratory health research.

“She’s worked with the Institute’s clinical trials unit on breakthrough research studies with esteemed lung researchers for more than 20 years.

“The trials have led to many life-changing treatments like biologics for severe asthma and the first blood test for the deadly lung cancer mesothelioma.

“She’s been a critical member of the Institute for Respiratory Health, where she has served as a board member, later as the chairperson and now as our Patron.”

Carolyn Boyd, one of Sue’s many former patients, said, “In 1997, I was three years post lung transplant and I contracted pneumococcal pneumonia.

“Sue noticed something was wrong. She immediately took charge and made sure that I received the necessary care. I had kidney failure. Her swift actions saved my life.   

“Sue is not only a remarkable nurse; she’s also a kind and compassionate person. I call her our modern-day Florence Nightingale.”

The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day, “Our Nurses. Our Future.” serves as a reminder of the invaluable role that nurses play in strengthening healthcare systems worldwide.

It’s a call to protect, respect, and value our nurses, just like Sue, who are the backbone of the healthcare sector, ensuring that patients receive the best care possible.

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