Far West LHD to present Nurse/ Midwife of the Year Awards for 2018

‘Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right’

The Far West Local Health District will be recognising and acknowledging all nurses and midwives for their commitment to caring for others with presentation of Excellence Awards as it celebrates International Nurses Day for 2018.

The Awards will be celebrated at a ceremony at each facility across Far West LHD on Friday, 11 May 2018 – the day before International Nurses Day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) theme for 2018 is ‘Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human Right’. The day represents how nurses can come together to share how there are transforming health care and health systems leading to economic development, improving conditions in which people live leads to cohesive societies and productive economies. For nurses, health is a human right and means that all humans have the right to access affordable and quality health care at a time when the person needs it most.

All the finalists and winners will come together to celebrate their achievements with family, friends and colleagues. All award winners will be automatically nominated for the NSW Excellence in Nursing & Midwifery Awards 2018. Midwives across Far West LHD celebrated International Midwives Day on the 4 May 2018.

Awards to be presented include:

  • Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care
  • Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery – Assistant in Nursing/Assistant in Midwifery
  • Excellence in Clinical Leadership Award
  • Consumer Appreciation Award
  • Excellence in Innovation in Education Award
  • Excellence in Nursing – Enrolled Nurse
  • Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery – Graduate Registered Nurse or Graduate Registered Midwife
  • Excellence in Midwifery – Registered Midwife
  • Excellence in Nursing – Registered Nurse


The Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Far West LHD, Ms Dale Sutton, said the LHD was extremely proud of its nursing workforce.

“We have a dedicated nursing and midwifery workforce who are deserving of being recognised on this special occasion, International Nurses Day,” she said.

“Our nurses and midwives have key roles in delivering health care across our communities. Their knowledge, training and diverse skills comes to the fore caring for the sick and injured and admiration and appreciation cannot be overstated.

“We take this time to show our gratitude to our nurses and highlight the resilience, dedication, compassion and caring nature they bring to their roles amidst the hard work, long hours and emotional duress experienced in the job.

“On behalf of the LHD, I acknowledge all our nurses and midwives and extend congratulations to those nominated in the awards and the award recipients,” said Ms Sutton.

International Nurses Day celebration activities including staff barbecues and dinners will also be held for nurses in all the Far West LHD’s other facilities.



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