Perceptiveness, experience and a non-judgmental attitude have long helped Carmel Moriarty care for patients dealing with a crippling illness.
The Castle Hill resident was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to nursing in the field of cystic fibrosis.
A registered nurse since 1963, Mrs Moriarty turned to helping cystic fibrosis patients after her two daughters died of the condition which affects the lungs and digestive system.
‘‘Clare was only 10 and Annmaree was 19,’’ she said.
‘‘It was actually Annmaree’s wish that I go and fight the fight.’’
Mrs Moriarty is now a clinical nurse consultant at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s adult cystic fibrosis unit which has 250 patients aged 18 to 68.
‘‘‘‘It’s quite challenging and it’s challenging for them,’’ she said.
‘‘They know that they have a shortened life span and they want to get all that they can out of it.’’
Mrs Moriarty said she felt humbled by the award.
‘‘‘It has been a long career for me,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m a person who doesn’t do things to be recognised so it’s quite humbling.’’