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The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation has welcomed the appointment of its Federal Secretary Annie Butler to the Council for the Order of Australia.


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced four new appointments to the Council.

Ms Annie Butler, Ms Cathy McGowan and Professor Samina Yasmeen have been appointed as community representatives, while Ms Shelley Reys the Council Chairperson.

The new appointments were reflective of Australia’s diversity, with all four women having close links to the community, Prime Minister Albanese said.

“Ms Reys will be the first Indigenous woman appointed to the role of Council Chair, while Professor Yasmeen, Ms Butler and Ms McGowan bring their own diverse backgrounds and perspectives to their new roles.”

The Council considers nominations for the Australian Honours and Awards system which recognises the outstanding service and contributions of Australians each year.

The 19 Council members include representatives of each state and territory, public office holders (ex-officio) and community representatives.

Ms Butler is one of seven community representatives on the Council. As ANMF Federal Secretary since 2018, Assistant Federal Secretary since 2014 and a Registered Nurse, she brings to the role her vast experience in health, community, research and education, along with her passion for the health of Australian communities.

“It is a privilege to have this opportunity to be part of recognising those Australians who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to make Australia a better place.” Ms Butler said

“I look forward to working with the council in recognising Australians who have worked tirelessly in their respective fields, including health and aged care workers, to improve their communities.”

The Council meets bi-yearly to consider whether each nominee in the Order of Australia has:

  • demonstrated achievement at a high level;
  • made a contribution over and above what might be reasonably expected through paid employment; or
  • made a voluntary contribution to the community which stands out from other volunteers.