media release 


7 November 2022   


Nominations open for the 2023 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards


HESTA has begun its search for Australia’s best nurses and midwives with nominations open for the 2023 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.


The national Awards, taking place in Sydney in May 2023, 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. Next year will mark the 17th year of the Awards.


HESTA CEO Debby Blakey thanked nurses and midwives for their work and encouraged Australians to consider submitting a nomination.


“At HESTA, we’re so thankful for the role nurses and midwives play in keeping our communities safe and are truly honoured to help recognise these wonderful and dedicated professionals,” Ms Blakey said.


“Nurses and midwives around the country have such an incredible impact on patients’ lives. I really encourage all Australians to consider submitting a nomination for a nurse or midwife they know who has made a difference, Ms Blakey said.”


Employers, colleagues, and patients have until 5 February 2023 to nominate a nursing or midwifery professional who has demonstrated leadership, innovation, and pursued excellence to deliver high-quality patient care.


Once again, longstanding Awards supporter, ME is providing the $30,000 prize pool, to be split equally between the winners of each category – Nurse of the Year, Midwife of the Year and Outstanding Organisation.


Finalists will be announced on 4 April 2023 and winners revealed at the Awards ceremony in Sydney on 16 May 2023.


For more information or to submit a nomination, visit


2022 winners:


Nurse of the year

Sue Hegarty

Ovarian Cancer Australia

Melbourne, Victoria


Sue Hegarty was recognised for her exceptional advocacy and support for women with ovarian cancer.


Midwife of the Year

Melanie Briggs

Waminda South Coast Women's Health & Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Binjilaanii Maternity Services Pty Ltd., Nowra, NSW


Melanie was recognised for her tireless work to improve First Nations maternal and infant health.


Outstanding Organisation

Beaudesert Hospital Maternity

Beaudesert, QLD


Beaudesert Hospital Maternity was recognised for its commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of women and babies in rural Queensland.





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