If you know an outstanding nurse or midwife who deserves recognition, now is the time to nominate them for the 2017 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards.
In its 11th year, this is the first time the Awards have included ‘midwifery’ in its title and awards category. The change further acknowledges the vital work of midwives and brings special attention to the profession and their important role in the health sector.
The annual Awards recognise graduates, individuals and teams for their professionalism, innovation and care, across a range of health settings.
Nominations for the Awards are being sought from colleagues, patients and employers and are open until 24 February 2017.
HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, said this year the Awards are especially significant, shining a spotlight on nursing and midwifery as individual professions and acknowledging their vital work.
“Whilst we have always acknowledged midwives in the awards, we wanted to bring special attention to the important role they play. The inclusion of midwifery recognises the advancement of the sector, differing educational requirements and the significant impact both professions have on the lives of Australians,” Ms Blakey said.
“The Awards are a way of acknowledging the hard work of individuals and teams who go above and beyond to provide exceptional care and support to patients, they are also an opportunity to highlight innovations that lead to improvements in clinical practice and improved patient care.”
ME are a longstanding Awards sponsor, generously providing a $30,000 prize pool, to be divided among the winners in three award categories — Nurse or Midwife of the Year, Outstanding Graduate and Team Excellence.
Winners will receive $10,000 in a ME Everyday Transaction account towards further education or team development.