Filmmakers reflect a diverse profession

When nurses and midwives look through the lens of the camera they find stories as diverse as the people who work in the profession. This year’s NSWNMA Short Film Festival winning films range from amusing animation to documentary.

Watch the five winning films on YouTube at or by using the individual links.

$5000 First Prize


Sponsored by First State Super

Director Samantha Clutson, Sutherland Hospital

An emergency department nurse preoccupied with a delicate situation finds her patience tested by a disgruntled patient.

$2000 Second Prize


Jointly sponsored by Undersiege Media and Marketing and Paykel Media

Director Meg Collins, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

The Shift covers the development of the nursing profession across the past century, from its subservient foundation in the 1890s to the contribution of nurses during WW2, when they moved from the safe hospital environment into areas of terrible conflict. There was a gender shift in the 1970s when substance abuse was also rife. By 2015 we see a university-educated older nurse in an ICU setting surrounded by the most advanced technology.


$1000 third Prize


Sponsored by NSWNMA

Director Ciara Rafferty

The focus of this documentary is on the past and present stigma of HIV and attempts to understand the implications of these attitudes within the healthcare system and the wider community.


$1000 Maureen Pullmann Encouragement Award*

*This award was shared between two winners who each received $500.


Sponsored by NSWNMA

Director Josephine Poole

This film was made in response to the current federal government’s demonisation of immigrants, particularly refugees, and in response to the predominantly negative media coverage of the suburbs of South West Sydney. It is a celebration of our diversity, multiculturalism and internationalism and the contribution made to the community by its immigrants.



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Director Christine Girdham, Blacktown Hospital Unit

Nathan and Emily are happily married and excited to be starting a family. However having a baby isn’t as easy as they think. Together, they make it through the challenge of falling pregnant, not realising that their biggest challenge lies ahead.