Nominate to reward healthcare’s ‘unsung heroes’

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Nurses and midwives are often the unsung heroes of the health workforce, but now is the time to recognise those who go “above and beyond” for patients.

Nominations have opened for the 12th annual HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards, with $30,000 in prizes on offer. The Awards recognise nurses, midwives, nurse educators and researchers as well as personal care workers for their outstanding performance and achievements in providing exceptional care and leading the way for improvements across a range of health settings.

Organisers aim to reward the people who have done most to provide “exceptional patient care” and help improve healthcare services.

“The awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of these outstanding professionals who go above and beyond,” HESTA CEO Debbie Blakey said.

“For over a decade the Awards have highlighted the profound impact nursing and midwifery individuals and teams have on their communities and the patients they care for. The awards are are an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of these outstanding professionals.

“Submitting a nomination is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of individuals and teams working in nursing or midwifery who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and pursued excellence to deliver positive care outcomes for Australians.”

Patients, health workers and employers can nominate people in three categories – Nurse or Midwife of the Year; Outstanding Graduate; and Team Excellence – at hestawards.com.au.

Nominations close on Friday, 23 February and finalists will be announced on Tuesday 10 April. Winners will be revealed at the gala awards dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 10 May 2018.

Last year’s overall winner was Sarah Brown, who established the Alice Springs-based Western Desert Dialysis service to support  Aboriginal people experiencing kidney disease in the Northern Territory.

Graduate winner Rebecca Rich of Perth Clinic used her $10,000 to research how mental health and personality disorders are treated at hospitals around Australia.

“I felt so honoured to be nominated let alone win,” Ms Rich said. “It felt (and still feels) amazing to be recognised for doing something I love and am so passionate about.”

Sydney’s Mater Hospital won the Team Excellence award for its new pre-admission midwife program providing care for women in the third trimester of pregnancy.

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