THIS year’s NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards were presented online on Thursday 26 November, where two local nurses were announced among the winners.
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They are Trish Lemin, co-winner of the Nurse of the Year award, and Amelia Bolt of the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute, winner of the Aboriginal Nurse/Midwife of the Year award.
The virtual ceremony was streamed across NSW, allowing communities and colleagues to come together to celebrate nursing and midwifery.
This was the eighth Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards, and winners were announced across seven categories by Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard; Secretary of NSW Health, Ms Elizabeth Koff; and the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Ms Jacqui Cross.
Nursing Unit Manager for the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute in Coffs Harbour, Amelia Bolt is a proud Gumbaynggirr woman who is passionate about the health of Aboriginal people and their equity of access to cancer services.
Speaking at the awards she said, “My aspiration for Indigenous care in the coming years and into the future, is to close that gap.
“Growing up and my Dad being a proud Bundjalung man, he’s always worked and done good for other people, he always taught me don’t take something for nothing because if we just take the stereotypes and take them on board and we’ll be defeated we won’t make a difference.
“One day in the future this won’t even be a topic, there will be no disparities, there’ll be no gap to close, we’ll all just be equal.”
Trish Lemin is a Clinical Nurse Consultant specialising in Trauma, and has worked extensively in the Emergency Department.
In 2020, Trish’s courage and dedication took her from COVID-19 ground zero in China to the bushfires of the NSW South Coast.
She has been a nurse for almost 40 years, and is highly regarded in the workplace for her skills and professionalism and is a go-to person when things get difficult.
By David TUNE