Annual Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards

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Around the world, nurses and midwives are recognised through the International Nurses Day and the International Day of the Midwife.

The International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on 12 May.

The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated annually on 5 May.

The ACT Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards coincide with these international celebrations to recognise the exemplary professional contributions made by nurses and midwives across our region.

ACT Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards 2019

The ACT Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards celebrate the outstanding professional contributions made to the health and wellbeing of the community. The awards are open to enrolled nurses, registered nurses and registered midwives from public and private health facilities, and community and primary healthcare sectors in the ACT.

The 2019 ACT Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards was celebrated on Thursday 9 May 2019.

Congratulations to the winners:

Midwife of the year Sally McCrae speaking

ACT Midwife of the Year - Sally McRae, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Photo of the ACT's Nurse of the year Christine Archer

ACT Nurse of the Year - Christine Archer, Canberra Health Services

Team of the year snapshot of Childbirth Education Research Team

ACT Team of the Year – Canberra Health Services (CHS) Childbirth Education Research Team, Canberra Health Services

Excellence in Clinical Practice award winner Juliane Samara

Excellence in Clinical Practice – Juliane Samara, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. Pictured above is Jane Koerner (ANU) accepting the award on Juliane’s behalf.

2019 Excellence in education award winner Leanne Ehrlich

Excellence in Educational Practice – Leanne Ehrlich, Canberra Health Services

Excellence in Leadership award winner Katherine Wakefield

Excellence in Leadership Practice – Kath Wakefield, Canberra Health Services

Excellence in Management award winner Lynette O'Connell

Excellence in Management Practice – Lyn O’Connell, Canberra Health Services

Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research Practice award winner Maureen O'Brien

Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research Practice – Maureen O’Brien, Canberra Health Services

How to nominate

Nominations for the ACT Nurses and Midwives 2019 Excellence Awards open on Monday 14 January 2019 and close Friday 1 March 2019.

Nominations for the 2019 Excellence Awards are welcomed from professional colleagues or through self nomination.

Individual and team nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

  • Excellence in Clinical Practice
  • Excellence in Educational Practice
  • Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research Practice

Only individual nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

  • Excellence in Leadership Practice
  • Excellence in Management Practice

The 2019 Nomination Guidelines [pdf] provide information on the award categories and online nomination process.

Nominations can only be lodged online.

To complete an online nomination:

Save the declarations in .pdf using the format FAMILY NAME_DDMMYY_Name of Document (example: Jones_070119_Supervisor Declaration).

Once your online nomination is submitted you will not be able to amend or add attachments.

Templates with the selection criteria for each award category can be saved for copying to the online nomination form.

Additional resources

ACT Events

Events will be scheduled throughout the week of 5 to 12 May as part of international nurses and midwives week.

Sunday 5 May 2019

International Day of the Midwife

Local celebrations

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Remembrance Ceremony

The Australian War Memorial

Thursday 9 May 2019

Nurses and Midwives Excellence Awards

Cocktail celebration: National Gallery of Australia

Sunday 12 May 2019

International Nurses Day

Local celebrations

Download a copy of the Calendar of events 2019 poster [pdf]

For more information, please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office:

Email: NMO@act.gov.au

Phone: 5124 7058 or 5124 8237

2018 winners

Congratulations to all winners of the 2018 ACT Excellence Awards!

  • ACT Nurse of the Year – Joanne Lindbeck, Medical Emergency Team, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • ACT Midwife of the Year – Amelia Druhan, Maternity Services, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
  • Team of the Year – Neonatal Quality Improvement and Research Nursing Team, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice – Debbie Morgan, Canberra Sexual Health Centre, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Educational Practice – Cate Green, Birthing, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Leadership Practice – Leanne Done, Adult Mental Health Unit, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Management Practice – Wendy Alder, Birthing, Canberra Hospital and Health Services
  • Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research – Continuity of Midwifery Care Service, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
2019 nominees

Nursing or Midwifery Excellence in Clinical Practice

Caitlin Edmondson, Calvary Private Hospital

Nursing Team of 7BBS Winter beds, Canberra Health Services

Christina Wilson, Canberra Health Services

OCHRE Health Bruce Nursing Team

Ward 5B Nursing Team, Canberra Health Services

Glenn Sheppard, Canberra Health Services

Shymol Jose, University of Canberra Hospital

Ward 6B Nursing Team, Canberra Health Services

Caitlin Halliday, Calvary Private Hospital

Caroline Elderfield, Calvary Private Hospital

Sally McRae, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Steph Spencer, Canberra Health Services

Ward 11A Nursing Team, Canberra Health Services

City Mental Health Nursing Team, Canberra Health Services

Juliane Samara, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Nursing or Midwifery Excellence in Educational Practice

Danielle Couch, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

University of Canberra Midwifery Discipline

Jodie Murray, Calvary Private Hospital

Sally McRae, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Jane Debaecker and Bringing Baby Home Training Team, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

University of Canberra Hospital Nursing Education Team, Canberra Health Services

Perioperative Education Team, Canberra Health Services

OCHRE Health Bruce Nursing Team

Leanne Ehrlich, Canberra Health Services  

Gillian Ible, Canberra Health Services

Naomi Hughes, Canberra Health Services

Violet Latta, Canberra Health Services

Amanda Lillie, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Nursing or Midwifery Excellence in Management

Carlene Morris, Calvary Private Hospital

Alan Rawson, Calvary Private Hospital

Therese Howe, Calvary Private Hospital

Lyn O’Connell, Canberra Health Services

Omar Tuazon, Calvary Private Hospital

Oriane Dubois, National Capital Private Hospital

Alison Zilko, Calvary Private Hospital

Nursing or Midwifery Excellence in Quality Improvement or Research Practice

CHS Childbirth Education Research Team, Canberra Health Services

HAUTI Project Team Namadgi, Canberra Health Services

MHJHADS NCOP Community Teams, Canberra Health Services

Kathleen Cook and Clare Robertson, Canberra Health Services

Maureen O’Brien, Canberra Health Services

Nikki Johnston, Calvary Public Hospital

Akhil Raj, St Andrews Village, ACT

Christine Archer, Canberra Health Services

Nursing or Midwifery Excellence in Leadership

Rhonda Maher, Canberra Health Services

Elaine Bell, Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Kath Wakefield, Canberra Health Services

Page last updated on: 17 May 2019