Castlemaine based midwife wins HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Award


A nurse from the Northern Territory, a midwife from Victoria and an outstanding organisation from Queensland were announced winners at the 17th HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards in Sydney last night.

Midwife of the Year April Jardine, from Dhelkaya Health in Victoria, was recognised for the instrumental role she played in implementing an innovative Midwifery Group Practice model.

Nurse of the Year winner Caitlin Clayer, from Ti Tree Health Clinic in the Northern Territory, was recognised for her dedication as a remote area nurse providing compassionate and culturally safe care to First Nations Communities.

Sunny Street, from Maroochydore in Queensland, took out the Outstanding Organisation Award for its work providing innovative primary healthcare for Australians experiencing homelessness and poverty.

The Awards recognise the nurses, midwives, nurse educators, researchers and personal care workers who are improving health outcomes by providing outstanding care and support for Australians in need.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey congratulated this year’s winners and finalists, acknowledging the significant impact they’ve made for communities around the country.

“I am incredibly proud of all our winners and finalists for their important contributions. Their impact is so widespread, spanning from cities to remote communities,” Ms Blakey said.

“It’s such an honour to help share their stories and celebrate their wonderful achievements. The lasting impact our winners have made on our communities is astounding, and the humble nature of their work continues to inspire us.”

The winners will each share in a $30,000 prize money pool to be used for professional development or to improve workplace services or processes, courtesy of longstanding Awards supporter ME.

ME CEO Martine Jager said, “ME is proud to congratulate the truly outstanding nurses, midwives and personal care workers recognised at these Awards. Your exceptional work in helping our community deserves to be celebrated. On behalf of ME, thank you for your dedication, passion and care.”


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