11 Apr Top nurses and midwives announced as finalists for the 2023 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards
Nine finalists have been announced today ahead of the 2023 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards in May 2023 to recognise their outstanding contributions to improving health outcomes.
The finalists’ achievements are far-reaching and include a midwife recognised for being the driving force behind the implementation of an innovative Midwifery Group Practice model that has proven to be highly valued by women in the area and improved care outcomes. Another finalist, despite working part time in 2022, screened nearly 600 Queenslanders for liver disease, helping remove the barriers from access to vital healthcare.
An organisation that works to provide primary care and mental health services for Australians experiencing homelessness and poverty, has had over 30,000 conversations and consultations with vulnerable Australians since 2018, reducing the number of people presenting to hospital and associated costs for local hospitals and health services.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey praised the exceptional work of all the finalists and acknowledged the work of nurses and midwives around the country.
“Our nurses and midwives are the backbone of our healthcare system, and it is essential that we recognize and celebrate their contributions. They are on the front line, providing care, comfort, and support to patients and their families, often in challenging and demanding circumstances,” Ms Blakey said.
“Congratulations to all nominees and finalists for their exceptional leadership and dedication. These finalists are all high achievers within their respective fields and these awards are an opportunity to acknowledge their hard work and say thank you for all that they do.”
These national awards – now in their 17th year – acknowledge the outstanding contribution Australia’s nurses, midwives, nurse educators, researchers and personal care workers make to improving health outcomes.
A group of industry experts from across the health and community services sector evaluated several exceptional nominations and chose finalists for the categories of Nurse of the Year, Midwife of the Year and Outstanding Organisation.
Long time awards supporter ME has donated $30,000 in prize money to be split equally between the winners for professional development or to improve workplace services or processes.
ME CEO Martine Jager said the bank was thrilled to continue recognising the impressive efforts and achievements of these health professionals and emphasised their important work.
“Congratulations to this years’ finalists. On behalf of ME, thank you for your crucial contributions to the health and wellbeing of Australians,” Ms Jager said.
“Now more than ever we need to lift up our nurses, midwives and personal care workers and those who train them, so it’s an honour to be able to celebrate these incredible people and their achievements.”
Winners will be revealed on 16 May 2023 at an Awards ceremony in Sydney. For more information, visit hestaawards.com.au
Introducing the 2022 HESTA Excellence Awards finalists:
Midwife of the Year
Elizabeth (Libby) Pitman
Hunter New England Health, Inverell, New South Wales
Libby is recognised for her 30-year career to rural midwifery. A champion for change in the Inverell Maternity Unit, Libby has led the way on many different quality improvement projects over the years. Improving the health outcomes for rural women, babies, and families is at the heart of Libby’s service to the community.
Dhelkaya Health, Castelmaine, Victoria
April is recognised for being the driving force behind the implementation of an innovative Midwifery Group Practice model that has proven to be highly valued by women in the local Castlemaine community and has improved care outcomes. April played a pivotal part in encouraging women to take part in studies evaluating women’s views and experiences of maternity care.
Nurse of the Year
Hepatitis Queensland, Coorparoo, Queensland
Jeanette is a community nurse recognised for her tireless efforts to reach marginalised and vulnerable people living with, or at risk of, dangerous liver diseases, helping remove the barriers from access to vital healthcare. In 2022, despite working part time, Jeanette screened almost 600 Queenslanders for liver disease.
Central Australian Health Service, Ti Tree, Northern Territory
Caitlin is a Remote Area Nurse recognised for providing compassionate and culturally safe care of First Nations communities. As one of the primary caregivers in a small and remote community, Caitlin supports patients with a wide range of health concerns, helps reduce barriers to accessing regular services such as Cervical Screening, sexual health, primary health concerns and works on call to manage emergency situations.
Hunter New England Health, New Lambton, New South Wales
Fiona is recognised as a leader and consumer advocate in pain management. She has worked with acute, chronic and cancer pain patients and in education, strategic planning, and research. She developed a web-based pain management toolkit for clinicians and consumers, coordinated the revision of elderly pain management guidelines for residential care and helped develop a new patient centred Pelvic Pain Model of Care.
Hunter New England Health, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Kathleen is recognised for her dedication over the past few decades to improving the health outcomes of First Nations people by providing acute care and palliative management to patients with end-stage renal disease. Kathleen’s empathetic and respectful approach has resulted in more First Nations people engaging with healthcare at a time of vulnerability when confronted with end-stage renal disease.
Sunny Street, Maroochydore, Queensland
Sunny Street is recognised for its work providing primary healthcare ‘outside the box’ for Australians experiencing homelessness and poverty. Since 2018, the service has had over 30,000 conversations and consultations with vulnerable Australians, reducing presentations and associated costs for local hospitals and health services.
MH Connext, Cannington WA
MH Connext is a Richmond Wellbeing service recognised for supporting people experiencing severe and complex mental health distress. Since 2017, the specialised mental health nurses who work in partnership with GP clinics, have received more than 1500 referrals from over 300 GP clinics across Perth, reaching people who would not otherwise receive appropriate and timely support.
Monash Health, Clayton, Victoria
Monash Health is recognised for recruiting over 650 first, second and third year registered undergraduate students of nursing & midwifery to enter the workforce and work alongside more experienced nurses in a team nursing model. This recruitment has helped address fatigue and staffing shortages throughout the pandemic and resulted in a positive influence on staff wellbeing.