Northern NSW Local Health District’s annual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards, held this week in Ballina, is the night-of-nights for nurses and midwives in Northern NSW.
The awards recognise the significant contribution these highly skilled staff make to the health and wellbeing of our region, with nominees and attendees coming from right across the district to celebrate.
This year’s ceremony, falling between International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day, also saw the introduction of a new ‘Consumer Appreciation’ category, which for the first time encouraged members of the community to nominate a nurse or midwife for their outstanding care.
“I would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees at this year’s ceremony,” Katharine Duffy, Director Nursing, Midwifery and Aboriginal Health said.
“I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate all our nurses and midwives across the LHD that these awards represent.
“I was delighted with the number of nomination from our community in response to our new Consumer Appreciation Award. This recipient of this award was Debra Young, a midwife from Lismore who made a significant difference to one of our families during the birth of their child.”
Ms Peta Crawford, Nurse Manager Community and Patient Care Initiatives, presented the award and read out the nomination from the couple who nominated Debra who cared for them before, during and after the birth of their son. As a result, there were very few dry eyes in the room.
“I feel honoured and humbled to receive this award,” Debra said.
“I have the best job of all, I have the privilege of being part of the most incredible journey of a woman to motherhood.”
In 2018/19 the NSW Government is investing $35.3 million in a New Parents Package to support pregnant women and babies, including 100 more midwives to support maternity services and additional nurses for more postnatal home visits ($157 million over four years).
The NSW Government has also committed to a record boost of 5000 nurses and midwives, which will include at least 402 new staff for Northern NSW LHD, including 282 nurses and midwives, 32 doctors, 38 allied health staff and 50 hospital support staff.