The NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards is an important annual event that acknowledges the significant skill, passion and valued contributions of nurses and midwives from across NSW Health.

Like many events, we’ve re-imagined the format of theAwards in 2020 to ensure the best and brightest nurses and midwives in NSW are celebrated in a COVID-safe way. The Awards will be presented in an online format on 26th November at 2pm (AEST). All nurses and midwives are encouraged to ‘attend’ online and hear about the amazing work of our peers.Check back here later for how to watch the ceremony.

Award finalists

Nominated by Local Health Districts/Specialty Networks

Nurse of the Year 

​Nominee Name Hospital / Area Local Health District / Specialty Network​
​Anna Law ​Lismore Base Hospital ​Northern NSW
​Keiran Preston ​Mental Health Wagga Wagga Base Murrumbidgee​
​Nikita Donnelly ​Prince of Wales Hospital South Eastern Sydney​
Patricia (​Trish) Lemin​ Trauma Services ​Mid North Coast
Pia Lambert ​Lithgow Community Health Centre Nepean Blue Mountains​


Midwife of the Year

​Nominee Name Hospital / Area Local Health District / Specialty Network​
​Cindy Partridge Nepean​​ Hospital ​Nepean Blue Mountains
​Jawaher (Jo) Masri A​uburn Hospital​ ​Western Sydney
​Joanne Blake  Tamworth Community Health ​Hunter New England

Aboriginal Nurse/Midwife of the Year 

Nominee Name​ Hospital / Area​ ​Local Health District / Specialty Network
Amelia Bolt​ ​Cancer​ Institute, Coffs Harbour ​Mid North Coast
Kaarina Paasila​ Liverpool Hospital​ ​South Western Sydney
​Neisha Manning The Maitland Hospital​ Hunter New England​

New to Practice Nurse/Midwife of the Year

Nominee Name​ Hospital / Area​ Local Health District / Specialty Network​
​Alexandra Penn Children's Hospital, Westmead​ ​Sydney Children's Hospital Network
​Corey Sclater Prince of Wales​ Hospital South Eastern Sydney ​
Michael Bone​ ​Metropolitan Reception and Remand Centre ​Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health

Nursing/Midwifery Team of the Year 

​Nominee Name Hospital / Area​ Local Health District / Specialty Network​
​Covid-19 Assessment Clinic Team ​Shellharbour Hospital ​Illawarra Shoalhaven
​Medical 2 ​The Tweed Hospital ​Northern NSW
​Severe Injury Burns Unit Royal North Shore Hospital​ Northern Sydney​

Judith Meppem Leadership Award (Nursing/Midwifery) 

​Nominee Name Hospital / Area​ Local Health District / Specialty Network​
​Andrew Ingleton Public Health Unit​ Sydney​
​Lisa Wilson Batemans Bay Hospital​ Southern ​NSW
​Monica Dale Emergency Disaster Team​ Illawarra Shoalhaven​
​Poumansing (Raj) Gujraz Fairfield Hospital​ South Western Sydney​



Nominated by patients/consumers or their families/carers 

Healing Heart Award for exceptional care (Nursing/Midwifery)

​Nominee Name Hospital / Area​ Local Health District / Specialty Network​
Angie Newton​ Armidale Palliative Care Hunter New England​
Jaime Shields​ Royal North Shore Hospital​ Northern Sydney​
Mike Smith​ Population and Community Health South Eastern Sydney​
Nominations were between 15 June – 27 July and have now closed.  
Watch out for the Awards awareness campaign on NSW Health social media channels and join the conversation with #EINMA2020.
I’m really looking forward to learning about some of NSW Health’s incredible nurses and midwives and sharing the celebration of our esteemed colleagues with you all on 26th November at 2pm (AEST).
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
NSW Health

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Page Updated: Thursday 20 August 2020
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