The start of a new year also brings with it a new award season, including the annual HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Award.
This is the first year the award has included midwifery in its title, acknowledging the important work midwives do in the health sector.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said while midwives had always been considered part of the broad category of the awards, it was important to recognise the vital role they play in health care with the updated name.
“The inclusion of midwifery recognises the advancement of the sector, differing educational requirements and the significant impact both professions have on the lives of Australians,” said Ms Blakey.
The annual award celebrates graduates, individuals and teams for their professionalism, innovation and care across the sector.
“The awards are a way of acknowledging the hard work of individuals and teams who go above and beyond to provide exceptional care and support to patients,” said Ms Blakey.
Nominations are open until Friday 24 February 2017, and nominations are invited from across the sector.
Last year’s Nurse of the Year was Angie Monk from Joondalup Health Campus. Read more of her story here.
The 2017 winners will be announced on Wednesday 10 May.