The winners of the 2023 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards have been praised for their "astounding" impact on the communities they care for.
Caitlin Clayer of Ti Tree Health Clinic in the Northern Territory was named Nurse of the Year for her work with First Nations people in remote areas.
April Jardine won the Midwife of the Year award for her key role in implementing an innovative Midwifery Group Practice model with Dhelkaya Health in Castlemaine, Victoria.
The Outstanding Organisation award went to Sunny Street in Maroochydore, Queensland for the nurse-driven primary healthcare it provides to people experiencing homelessness and poverty.
“I am incredibly proud of all our winners and finalists for their important contributions,” HESTA CEO Debbie Blakey said.
“Their impact is so widespread, spanning from cities to remote communities.”
The three winners received their awards at a ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday 16 May 2023, along with $10,000 each in prize money to be used for professional development or to improve workplace services or processes.
This is the 17th year the prestigious national awards have been run by health industry super fund HESTA, with the aim of recognising the nurses, midwives, nurse educators, researchers and personal care workers who are improving health outcomes with outstanding care and support for Australians in need.
“It’s such an honour to help share their stories and celebrate their wonderful achievements,” Ms Blakey said.
“The lasting impact our winners have made on our communities is astounding, and the humble nature of their work continues to inspire us.”
For more information, visit HESTA’s awards hub.
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