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The search is now underway to identify Australia’s top nurses and midwives, with nominations officially opening for the 2024 HESTA Australia Nursing & Midwifery Awards.

The national awards, to be held in Melbourne in May next year, recognise nurses, midwives, nurse educators, researchers and personal care workers who are excelling at improving health outcomes by providing outstanding care and support to Australians.

This year’s winners included Victorian midwife April Jardine, who took out Midwife of the Year, for her work in leading an innovative Midwifery Group Practice at Dhelkaya Health in Castlemaine.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey encouraged Australians to consider making a nomination to highlight the work of outstanding nurses and midwives. Employers, colleagues and patients have until 4 February 2024, to lodge a nomination.

“For almost two decades, the nursing and midwifery awards have provided a platform to recognise the exceptional nursing and midwifery professionals who consistently exceed expectations in delivering outstanding patient care,” Ms Blakey said.

“Completing a nomination presents a chance to honour the accomplishments of nursing and midwifery professionals who have exhibited leadership, innovation and an unwavering commitment to achieving positive healthcare outcomes for Australians. I encourage anyone who has been impacted by an amazing nurse or midwife to make a nomination.”

For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit