Finalists for the 2024 QNMU Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards have now been announced! Read all about this year's finalists below, and remember to vote for your favourite in the People's Choice Award. People's Choice voting closes 30 June, winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony during QNMU Annual Conference on 25 July 2024. 

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 finalists for each category.

Professional Leadership Award

- proudly supported by QSuper

Anunska Gilbert - Salvation Army Brisbane Recovery Services Centre Moonyah (Moonyah Detox Centre)

Anunska developed the Young Person Program (YPP) to improve the success of younger clients admitted to the Moonyah Withdrawal Unit. The YPP is an innovative way to support younger clients with their physical and mental wellbeing prior and throughout their detox.

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Lexi Shah - Queensland Children's Hospital

Lexi is a member of Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ)’s Clinical Nurse Consultant / Nurse Navigators Working Group, Statewide Child Protection Clinical Partnership Steering Committee, CHQ Institute for Urban and Indigenous Health Collaborative Working Group, Statewide Paediatric Community of Practice, and Statewide Nurse Navigator / Midwifery Navigator Network. 

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Stephanie Rackemann - Biggenden Multipurpose Health Service

Stephanie is a passionate advocate for education in rural areas of the Wide Bay District. Recognising the challenges faced by rural nurses in accessing specialised training and professional development leave, she spearheaded the creation of "Simulation in a Box" education sessions with fellow educators.

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Positive Practice Environment Award

- proudly supported by Union Shopper

Fridae King - Gladstone Hospital

In 2023, Fridae successfully applied for the Research Ready Grant Project (RRGP) as the Principal Investigator in a team of four researching retention issues in the maternity and neonatal workforce. These issues are driven by culture and staffing issues, Covid 19 and Gladstone Hospital’s ‘birthing bypass’, which meant there could be no birthing for pregnant women at the hospital's maternity unit due to a lack of obstetric doctors.

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Mary Collis - Department of Education

Mary is a CNC-Advisor with the Department of Education (DoE) State Schools Nursing Service (SSNS). This service helps schools to support students with health needs, so they can safely access and participate in school life. 

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Nicholas Fabian - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Nicholas ensures his practice supports junior nurses and students through education and demonstration of critical tasks, allowing a positive practice environment, improvement of their confidence and practice autonomy. 


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The Aunty Dulcie Flower and Aunty Gracelyn Smallwood Award 

- proudly supported by HESTA

Anne Humbert - Nambour Community Mental Health

Anne is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Cultural Healing Program, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Service, Sunshine Coast. This is a specialist service providing treatment and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who are at risk of developing, or affected by, mental illness.  

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Kathleen Burt - Blackwater Multipurpose Health Service (Blackwater Hospital)

Kathleen runs a vaccination clinic in Blackwater which runs at least monthly. Blackwater is a small, rural, predominately Indigenous community with only one GP, who does not bulk bill for vaccinations. Visiting child health nurses do not vaccinate. Kathleen travels over one hour each way in her own time on her days off from her permanent job at Springsure Hospital to provide these clinics. 

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Megan Briffa - Dalby Hospital

Megan is a descendent of the Gubbi Gubbi/Wakka Wakka clans. She is on the steering committee for perinatal mental health (First Nations) and a study tutor for First Nations ACU students. Megan has a portfolio to better improve care across the birth continuum for all First Nations women.

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Early Career Award

- proudly supported by Nurse Midwife Health Program Australia

Caryl Suyom - St Andrew's Toowoomba Hospital

In 2023, during her graduate year in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU), Caryl trialled a new PACU Observation Chart which involved a new, clearer system of documenting including Primary Patient Assessment, Escalation Criteria, Medication Documentation, and Discharge Criteria. 

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Claire Wilson - Centre for Children's Health Research & Redcliffe Hospital 

Claire completed the Queensland Health Intensive Care Graduate Transition Program in 2022 and it was in the Redcliffe ICU that her passion for evidence-based practice was nurtured and she was encouraged to pursue clinical research.  

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Erica Hamilton - Alpha Hospital

In 2023, Erica was completing her graduate year in rural and remote Queensland when she collaborated on video content for final year students. Through this work, Erica has highlighted the incredible impact that rural and remote nurses have on their communities and the case diversity, scope of practice and leadership opportunities in remote areas.

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