Order of Australia (OAM) Award to Val Smith-Orr RN

Val is long-standing “Referrer” of patients to the SCT from the clinic she runs in the Philippines, Triple B Care Projects, Inc.  http://www.triplebcareprojects.org/ . The “B” stands for Burns, Bingot and Bulate (the last two words are Tagalog for Cleft lip/Palate and worms).

Val, a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist, specialising in burns and plastic surgery, arrived in the Philippines in 2006 intending to stay for 6 months whilst researching for University of Queensland “Feeding children with cleft palate in a developing world” for her Masters – she began helping patients in need in her small kitchen and Triple B Projects was born.  A long way from where Val was raised in Yorkshire, and her post graduate training in burns and plastic surgery at the McIndoe Unit, Queen Victoria Hospital, Sussex. Val left the UK in 1990 and moved to Australia, becoming a citizen in 2000.

Val and her foster daughter Monalisa attended the Australian Ambassador’s residence in Manila on 4th December 2020 for the investiture of the Order of Australia that was awarded in the Queens Birthday Honours of June 8th 2020 “For service to the international community through nursing”.  It happened to be Monalisa’s 15th birthday as well!  Many congratulations Val on this well-deserved honour and Swinfen Charitable Trust would like to say how proud we are of you and all the work that you do.

Monalisa G. Doncillo and Valerie Catherine Smith-Orr (Val)