Read all about our previous QNMU Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award winners and finalists below.
Thank you to all QNMU members who made a submission or nomination. Your entries and nominations embody what our professions are all about, and our judging committee always has a tough job in selecting the winners and finalists each year.

Excellence in Leadership and Governance Award

- proudly supported by QSuper

Karen Taurima - Princess Alexandra Hospital

Karen works at both the PA Hospital ED and Metro South Health CAREPACT Service. Together with her nursing and other health colleagues, Karen has developed a shared vision for the future of emergency health care.

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Kelly Trudgen - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Division, Queensland Health

Kelly is Nursing Director, First Nations COVID-19 Response and Workforce at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Division, Queensland Health. She is an experienced nurse leader with a key focus on First Nations health and First Nations health workforce development.

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Dr Jocelyn Toohill - Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Jocelyn is Director of Midwifery at the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. She is an expert midwife and health practitioner with 30 years’ experience, including the last six in leading policy and strategy of maternity services.

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Positive Practice Environment Champion Award

- proudly supported by QNMU Law

Dr Haunnah Rheault - The Prince Charles Hospital

Haunnah is Nurse Practitioner at The Prince Charles Hospital who has devoted her nursing life to the care of people living with heart disease and heart failure.

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Sue Hall - Tieri Family Unit and Child Health Centre

Sue is a Registered Nurse and Midwife at Tieri Family Unit and Child Health Centre, where she has worked as a child health nurse, a midwife and an immunisation nurse for the past 22 years.

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Tiarne Campbell - Ipswich Hospital

Tiarne is a Clinical Nurse at the Ipswich Hospital Emergency Department, where she is passionate about improving workplace culture. As a result of increased workload, the pandemic, and high turnover of staff, Tiarne helped create the “ED Wellness Team”.

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The Aunty Dulcie Flower and Aunty Gracelyn Smallwood Award 

- proudly supported by HESTA

Jeremy James Rigney – Cairns Hospital

Jeremy is a Registered Nurse at the Cairns Hospital. He is a proud Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal man from South Australia who has passion for equal opportunities, cultural safety and family.

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Early Career Award

- proudly supported by Remserv

Nicole Wright - Sunshine Coast University Hospital Mental Health Inpatient Services

Nicole is a Mental Health Nurse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital who recently completed a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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Ruby Geddes - The Prince Charles Hospital

Ruby has worked as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at The Prince Charles Hospital for about two years. She is passionate about ICU nursing, specifically being able to care for individuals and their families when they are most unwell.

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Genevieve See - Sunshine Coast University Hospital 

Genevieve is a Registered Nurse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital who is passionate about helping ease anxiety for new grads in the first few months of starting their new job.

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