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17 May 2023   


Outstanding QLD, VIC, NT winners announced at 2023 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards


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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Introducing the 2023 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Award winners:


April Jardine

Dhelkaya Health

Castlemaine, VIC 


April Jardine is recognised for being the driving force behind the implementation of an innovative Midwifery Group Practice model that has proven to be highly valued by women in the local Castlemaine community, improving care outcomes. April also played a pivotal role in encouraging women to take part in studies evaluating women’s views and experiences of maternity care.


“I feel extremely humbled to be recognised in the 2023 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards. This has allowed me to pause and reflect on my professional journey. To be part of reshaping a  suspended rural service with community input, and successfully re-launch a local maternity service where so many have been closed, has been a very rewarding experience,” Ms Jardine said.


“The prize money will support the completion of my Masters of Midwifery Practice, along with education on simulation training for water births and acupuncture techniques for continued support of women’s choices and safe midwifery practice,” she said. 



Caitlin Clayer

Ti Tree Health Clinic

Ti Tree, NT


Caitlin is recognised for providing compassionate and culturally safe care of First Nations Communities. As one of the primary caregivers in a small and remote community, Caitlin supports patients with a wide range of health concerns, helps reduce barriers to accessing regular services such as cervical screening, sexual health, primary health concerns and works on-call to manage emergency situations.


“It’s a privilege to win this award. It’s nice to feel as though the work you do is appreciated and recognised. I hope that this Award will shed some light on remote nursing, the work we do and, hopefully, encourage other nurses to consider remote nursing,” she said.


Ms Clayer will use the prize money to undertake further study in child and family health to expand her skillset. 



Sunny Street

Maroochydore, QLD


Sunny Street is recognised for its work providing primary healthcare ‘outside the box’ for Australians experiencing homelessness and poverty. CEO and Sunny Street co-founder Sonia Martin originally started the service out of the boot of her car. Since these early beginnings in 2018, the service has grown to have more than 30,000 conversations and consultations with vulnerable Australians, reducing presentations and associated costs for local hospitals and health services.


Ms Martin said, “It is an honour and privilege to have the incredibly impactful street work of Sunny Street – a nurse-driven service – recognised nationally.”


“We are proud to be formally recognised as exceptional, vital contributors to the Australian healthcare system. I’d like to thank my incredible team for their dedication, discipline and determination,” said Ms Martin.


“We plan to use the prize money to build a comprehensive social prescription program for vulnerable people, aimed at improving their overall wellbeing by addressing both psychological and physical health concerns,” she said. 




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