Winners of the 2020 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards have been named, as the healthcare industry deals with “unprecedented challenges”.
The three category winners were announced via video broadcast, instead of the usual gala ceremony, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Tania Green of Monash Health was named Nurse of the Year for championing patients with cleft and craniofacial conditions.
Cassandra Nest received the prestigious Midwife of the Year award for her work to improve culturally safe maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Gold Coast.
Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) was awarded Outstanding Organisation for its support of women affected by the disease.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said this year’s winners – who each receive a $10,000 prize – exemplified why 2020 was named International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
“They have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in their respective fields, and I am humbled by their hard work and dedication to delivering quality healthcare,” she said.
With the coronavirus pandemic arriving soon after the devastating bushfires and storms in Australia, Ms Blakey said adversity had shone a light on the people dedicated to keeping Australians safe and well.
“The sector has faced unprecedented challenges this year, and never has the critical role health workers play in caring for Australians been more apparent.
“HESTA is proud of our longstanding, trusted partnership with the health services sector and we are privileged to play a part in recognising the incredible contribution nurses and midwives make across Australia,” she said.