Two women smiling, one holds a certificate.

Nurse of the Year Danielle Hession with Director Carolyn Heise.

Nurses and midwives celebrated at Coffs Harbour Health Campus

May 09, 2024

Coffs Harbour Health Campus was buzzing with celebrations last week, to honour the invaluable contributions of our nurses and midwives, in recognition of International Day of the Midwife (5 May) and International Nurses Day (12 May).

Staff gathered to recognise the past year’s accomplishments with an engaging array of activities, informative booths representing various nursing and midwifery teams, an awards ceremony, and a barbecue.

Reflecting on their collective achievements, Deputy Director of Nursing Janelle Goodall said all staff had stepped up time and time again to ensure patients, families, colleagues and friends have been cared for and, despite a constantly changing environment, our nurses and midwives continued to turn up, step into unfamiliar roles, lead teams to deliver our services in new ways.

Prizes were awarded to:

AIN/AIM of the Year:  Assani Lundindi
Runner-up:  Rebecca Carter
Honorary Award for non-Nurse Collaborator:  Dane Owen
Runner-up:  Tara Parish
Emerging Nursing Leader of the Year:  Zoe Collins
Runner-up:  Kristie Connell
Nursing or Midwifery Team of the Year:  Coffs Harbour Community Palliative Care Team
Runner-up:  Coronary Care Unit
Nurse/Midwifery Excellence in Leadership Award for an Outstanding Nurse or Midwifery Manager:  Karen Mitchell
Runner-up:  Janelle Goodall
Graduate Nurse of the Year:  Bonnie Matheson
Runner up: Tyler Watts
Graduate Midwife of the Year: Sally Mitchell
Midwife of the year:  Minna Tyler
Runner-up:  Sophie Byron
Nurse of the Year:  Dannielle Hession
Runner-up:  Chloe Mowle


The judges were impressed with the innovative and creative displays which reflected the diverse range of nursing vocations.

These included a cardio resuscitation race, testing nerves and skills in a game of Operation, and blindly picking the right type of stool.

The winner of the interactive display, Medical A and B.

Click on the photo below to scroll through the event’s magic moments.




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