Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) Secretary Beth Mohle has been recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced this week, accepting the award on behalf of all nurses, midwives, the union movement and all those in the community sector focused on advancing the common good.
Ms Mohle was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to industrial relations, the nursing profession and the superannuation sector.
Ms Mohle began her nursing career in the mid-80s at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, following in the footsteps of her mother and sisters.
She joined the QNMU as an Organiser in 1991, before being elected Assistant Secretary in 2007 and Secretary in 2011, following the resignation of the late Gay Hawksworth.
Leading the union, Ms Mohle has been committed to advancing the industrial and professional interests and value of nurses and midwives working across all sectors in Queensland.
She also holds numerous superannuation related qualifications and a Graduate Certificate in Health Economics, and is a current board member of QSuper and Senior Vice President of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU).
Ms Mohle thanked nurses, midwives and the trade union movement for giving her the privilege to make a difference.
“Doing my job is a privilege in itself and I look forward to the important work ahead,” she said.
“2020 marks the World Health Organization’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. In the face of COVID-19, all planned celebrations were stood aside and nurses and midwives celebrated by getting on and doing the jobs they love.
“Given the challenge we are facing at this time, the collective strength of nurses, midwives and the union movement has never been more important – and we will need to harness this strength.”
ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler congratulated Ms Mohle on receiving the honour and praised her contribution to the broader union movement.
“Beth has been a fierce advocate for the union movement both in Queensland and nationally and has significantly contributed to the ANMF’s growth and influence for many years,” Ms Butler said.
“Her commitment to promoting and defending the industrial and professional interests of nurses, midwives and carers remains as strong as ever and her hard work and leadership continues to increase our ability to advance the professions.”
For a full list of Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 click here