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College of Nursing & Midwifery
2019 Midwifery Awards ceremony - Harriet Nairn - Maggi Richardson

May is a special month for the College of Nursing and Midwifery. In May, the world pays tribute to the essential services provided by nurses and midwives globally on International Midwives’ Day (May 5) and International Nurses’ Day (May 12). In the same month, we pay tribute to our own high achievers.

“Nurses and midwives make the world a better place for the people in their care,” said College Dean, Prof Catherine Turner. “There are 24 million nurses and midwives in the world and we need more.”

On May 22, students, staff and special guests attended the 2019 College of Nursing and Midwifery Awards Ceremony at CDU’s Mal Nairn Auditorium, sponsored by Hesta. The awards acknowledged and celebrated the outstanding achievements of our students and staff.

The 2019 student award winners were:

  • Anushree Regmi - Outstanding Clinical Performance for Nursing (Undergraduate), NT Health
  • Ashlee Guerin - Outstanding Performance on Placement for NT Health in Midwifery
  • Ashleigh Jane Fielding - Outstanding Academic Achievement in Postgraduate Nursing Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
  • Charlotte Gant - Outstanding Clinical Performance for Midwifery (Undergraduate)
  • Claire Durnin - Outstanding Academic Achievement in Nursing
  • Francesca Nankivell - Outstanding Academic Achievement Indigenous Student
  • Harriet Clare Nairn - Outstanding Academic Achievement in Midwifery
  • Josini Joseph Outstanding Academic Achievement in Postgraduate—Critical Care Nursing
  • Paramjit Kaur - Outstanding Clinical Performance for Nursing (Undergraduate)
  • Penelope Sweeting - Exceptional Performance—PhD Candidate

Second-year Midwifery student, Harriet Nairn, won the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Midwifery.

“I have studied Nursing and Psychology before this and would never have considered myself an academic,” said Ms Nairn. “But I found my passion for midwifery and discovered that, when you’re doing what you want to do it’s not a chore, it’s easy.”

Chair of the Australian College of Nursing NT, Lieutenant Commander, Anthony Russell presented the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Nursing, which was won by Claire Durnin.

“It’s lovely to see such diversity in the leadership represented here tonight,” said LCdr Russell. “As leadership becomes more diverse, more people have a voice, and different opinions and perspectives improve patient outcomes. It puts Australia in a great position for the future.”

The 2019 staff award winners were:

  • Angela Bull - Exceptional Student Focussed Ethos
  • Dr Belinda Chaplin - Excellence in Unit & Learning Environment Design
  • Dr Benjamin Tan - Exceptional Performance in Research—Emerging Researcher
  • Jean Mary Robbins - Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff
  • Minakshi Pearce - Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • Nicole Norman - Excellence in Learning Innovation to Enhance Student Engagement & Experience         
  • The Placements Team - Exceptional Contribution to the Team

Teuila Te Aho, Team Leader of the Placements Team accepted the award for Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff.

“I feel very proud of my team,” said Ms Te Aho. “It’s been a challenge but we have really come into our own. We have good relationships with each other and bring that positivity to our relationships with internal and external stakeholders.”

There are lots of lovely photos of the 2019 Awards Ceremony and the crowd mingling afterwards on Facebook @CDUNursingMidwifery. Please tag yourselves, share and enjoy!

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