Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2021 QNMU Professional Practice Awards! 
Our 12 finalists truly embody what our professions are all about, and our judging committee certainly had a tough job in selecting a winner for each category. Read more about their amazing work below.
And if you missed our exciting Awards show live online, you can catch up on all the action here

Excellence in Leadership and Governance Award

- proudly supported by QSuper

Andrew Carter, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Andy is a Director of Nursing at RBWH. He is focused on empowering all nurses and midwives to influence safe clinical outcomes in an environment which ensures they are physically and psychologically safe.

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Jason Harrison, Rockhampton Alcohol and Other Drugs Service

Jason is a Nurse Practitioner. Over the last 12 months Jason has had the opportunity to support and be involved in a number of activities to advance and expand Nurse Practitioners’ involvement in the healthcare system. 

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Tania Kelly, Mackay Community Alcohol and Other Drugs Service

Tania is a Clinical Nurse Consultant. She promotes evidence based Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) practice across both hospital and community teams, ensuring the stigma attached to AOD clients is reduced through delivery of education to nursing, medical and allied health staff across the service.

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Positive Practice Environment Champion Award

- proudly supported by ME Bank 

Odette Best, University of Southern Queensland (Ipswich) 

Odette is a Registered Nurse and a Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Southern Queensland. Odette has led a school-wide commitment and collaborated with external experts to deliver a cultural safety package for all school members to undertake.

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Ella Van De Velde Fidock, Gold Coast University Hospital 

Ella is a Registered Nurse at GCUH's Emergency Department, where she has been responsible for spearheading an initiative called 'Building our Culture'. Through this initiative, Ella and her colleagues have designed programs to improve workplace culture.

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Angela Swift, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Angela is a Clinical Midwife at RBWH. Over the past seven years she has worked tirelessly to implement and provide continuity models of midwifery care, as she believes the midwife is the best person, in most cases, to be the primary carer of women and families.

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The Aunty Dulcie Flower and Aunty Gracelyn Smallwood Award 

- proudly supported by HESTA

Kathryn Hooper, St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane

Kathryn is a Nurse Practitioner at St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane and is Queensland’s first Aboriginal Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care. She advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for holistic care of wellbeing, improved access, appropriateness and acceptance of palliative care.   

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Kyleigh Brown-Lolohea, Logan Hospital

Kyleigh is a Registered Midwife at Logan Hospital. She is passionate about embedding cultural knowledge and safety in her practice to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women receive compassion, kindness and high-quality clinical care in their birth environment.

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Sonita Giudice, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Sonita is a Clinical Midwife at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She is the only Indigenous Midwife providing continuity of care to First Nations people. She provides direct midwifery care that impacts the women, their babies, families and the community.

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Early Career Award

- proudly supported by Remserv

Sophia McLaren, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Sophia is a newly graduated Registered Midwife at RBWH. She continuously strives to ensure that she is contributing to a positive workplace where those around her feel valued, supported and respected regardless of their cultural, physical and psychological attributes.

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Samantha Brady, Carinity Home Care

Samantha is a Community Home Care Registered Nurse and Assistant Coordinator at Carinity Home Care. She developed her passion for community care nursing while working as an AIN in a hospital, where she witnessed many elderly patients struggle with walking and having preventable falls.  

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Juade Maguire, Sunshine Coast University Hospital 

Juade is a third year Registered Nurse at SCUH. She is passionate about advocating for adequate skill mix and safe staffing levels on the ward, and has been increasingly active in her advocacy over the past six months. 

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