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The best of bold and brave nurses

The best of bold and brave nurses
Photo: The best of bold and brave nurses
Six nurses have been acknowledged for their exceptional work in primary health care at the 2015 APNA Best Practice Awards in Nursing.

Winners of the 2015 Awards were announced at a gala ceremony held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 15 May hosted by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) as part of the APNA National Conference Brave to Bold.

The annual nursing awards, now in their ninth year, recognise nurses working in the fields of chronic disease, sexual health, immunisation and continence care, as well as nurses demonstrating significant quality improvement.

APNA President Karen Booth said, “It is a great privilege to present these awards. All the award winners have shown incredible spirit and passion in nursing in their respective fields. They are true leaders, and show us the tremendous impact individual nurses can make to the wellbeing of their communities.”
“Each year we are overwhelmed with stories of extraordinary nurses doing extraordinary things. True to form, the quality of applications received this year has been outstanding. The vision, tenacity and commitment of these nurses is simply breathtaking.”

The judging panels were extremely impressed by some of the stories that emerged from the award winners and nominees. This included Amy Bowen, who started nursing at the age of just 14. With her focus on early assessment and efficient use of resources, Amy has been responsible for bringing about a complete shift in culture of staff of a number of aged care facilities, thereby vastly reducing hospital admissions.

Another award winner, Samantha Read, was instrumental in setting up a local sexual health clinic after the only sexual health service withdrew from the local youth resource centre. Samantha has worked tirelessly in the community, setting up partnerships with local youth networks and running sexual health sessions within schools focusing on vulnerable young people at risk.

In the field of continence care, Alison Lee has led the way in removing some of the stigma that is often associated with incontinence. Alison has worked with her patient community to raise awareness of the fact incontinence is not an inevitable part of growing old and people don’t have to just put up with it.

“With these nurses leading the way, the Australian community is better cared for, better informed and better empowered along every step of their individual health journey,” said Karen Booth.

Each Award winner receives $5000 (or $2500 as runner up) to use as they wish on their continuing professional development.

Best Practice Awards in Nursing winners for 2015 are:
AGPAL Best Practice Award for Quality Improvement
Amy Bowen from Balgowlah, New South Wales

ASHM/NSW STIPU/Networking Health Victoria Sh3ed Program
Best Practice Award in Sexual Health

Samantha Read from Newport, Victoria

ASHM/NSW STIPU/Networking Health Victoria Sh3ed Program
Best Practice Award in Sexual Health (runner up)

Melissa Cromarty from Newcastle, New South Wales

bioCSL Best Practice Award in Immunisation
Elizabeth Waugh from Cecil Plains, Queensland

MSD Best Practice Award in Chronic Disease Management
Kim Poyner from Torquay, Victoria

TENA Best Practice Award in Continence Care
Alison Lee from Narre Warren, Victoria

To read more about the winners or learn more about the awards visit


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