Creative carers parade their talent

International Nurses Day — 12 May — was a fitting date to hold the NSWNMA Nurses and Midwives’ Short Film Festival, in conjunction with our Short Story and Poetry Competition.

_61R3491_CNSWNMA General Secretary Brett Holmes says both competitions deliver exceptional stories that are entertaining, perceptive and well told.

“Our filmmakers take us through a range of emotions – joy, sadness, elation, nostalgia and the sometimes fun side of the nursing and midwifery profession.

“The entries covered a wide spectrum of film genres: historical costume drama, animation, educational, biography and documentary.

“They ranged from the serious to the seriously funny. All of them were compelling and full of insight into the nursing and midwifery profession.”

This year’s film entries were judged by Patrick McInerney, producer of the television show, RPA, Devris Hasan, cinematographer and lecturer in filmmaking at NIDA and screenwriter and television and film producer, Enzo Tedeschi.

Powerful stories open our eyes

The two judges for the Short Story and Poetry Competition were effusive in their praise of the entries.

Nicole Dalby, a Senior Drama and English teacher at Girraween Selective High School, said: “It was an absolute privilege to read these pieces of writing. These stories gave a non-medical reader a great insight into the profession and an appreciation for the bond that can develop between people in highly stressful situations. Writing that included light and shade or variety often heightened the more serious moments.”

Co-judge Tegan Bennett Daylight, a fiction writer, teacher and critic, concurred: “Each writer showed me a side of nursing and midwifery – and of their own life – that I wouldn’t have seen if I hadn’t judged this competition.

“It was a privilege to hear the voices of such dedicated, knowledgeable and hardworking people. I think the competition is a wonderful idea, as it seems to me that every nurse or midwife has an amazing story to tell.”

Top: L to R: Josephine Poole, Ciara Rafferty, Samantha Clutson, Meg Collins, Christine Girdham.
Top left: Trish Lowe, winner, Short Story and Poetry Competition and Samantha Clutson, winner, Short Film Festival

To our sponsors, thank you!

The NSWNMA would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of major sponsor First State Super, as well as our other sponsors Under Siege Media and Marketing, Paykel Media and Lindt Chocolates.

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L to R – Brett Holmes, Rebecca King, Graham Greene (First State Super), Trish Lowe, Michael Dwyer (CEO, First State Super), Linda O’Malley, Mary Murphy (Chief Marketing Officer , First State Super) and Kathleen Wurth.

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Ciara Rafferty (second from left) with friends.

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Leonie Keen (second from left) with friends.


L to R: Josephine Poole and colleagues featured in her film Once Upon A Time In Bankstown.


Rebecca King and friend.


Leonie Muir (left) with the cast of Dementia Rising.