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29 Jan 2018

Glenys Chapman OAM – Recognition in Australia Day honours

Former San Surgical Centre Nurse Unit Manager Ms Glenys Chapman has been awarded a (posthumous) Order of Australia.

It has been awarded in recognition of her service to nursing, international health outreach, and education and clean water programs.

Much loved after 41 years of dedicated service following her initial training at the San, Glenys was a respected manager, nurse and midwife, friend, mentor and humanitarian.

Since 1996 Glenys had been part of the volunteer HealthCare Outreach and then Open Heart International team and travelled to Nepal each year.

Initially Glenys was part of the Cleft Lip & Palate team run by Doctor Charles Sharpe OAM and his wife Margaret OAM, before she became the project coordinator of the Nepal Burns Program providing life transforming surgeries for burns victims.

Glenys was equally recognised for both her life-changing sponsorship program started in 1997 to provide yearly support for the education of 160 Nepalese school children, and her work with the Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA) to bring about the establishment of a clean water drinking system at the Shree Prakash Higher Secondary School in Nepal.

Glenys’ enthusiasm and passion for the children was inspiring and reflected in the growth of the program and the number of Nepalese school children educated, leading to future education and employment opportunities in the disadvantaged country.

Glenys was instrumental in the design and implementation of the San Day Surgery Unit in 1991 and involved in the establishment of the new Day of Surgery Admission Centre, Endoscopy Suites, and Pre-Admission Clinic in the San’s Tulloch building in 1995 and continued her involvement in the establishment of the Surgical Centre in the San’s Clark Tower which opened in 2014.

In 2000, Glenys received the Wahroonga Rotary Bill Leventhal (Clinical) Award, an annual award presented by Rotary for a staff member's valuable contribution to the San.
Colleagues and friends remember Glenys for her selfless dedication, pursuit of clinical excellence, professionalism, compassion and generosity of spirit, her vision and humanity to others.

Glenys Chapman OAM will be remembered as an amazing colleague and friend who has left her legacy at the San, and on the wider world.

Glenys has been an inspiration to us all and her smile and her work will be forever in our hearts.

Glenys family and friends including Helen Caldwell and Nerolie Seberry are working to ensure her legacy continues. If you would like to honour her memory by supporting her programs please contribute at

Open Heart International has established a scholarship in honour of Glenys to inspire graduate nurses to be involved in international service. Please see here for details.

For more information on Open Heart International please see

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