Sally Smith from the Tweed Hospital was honoured with the Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery Graduate Award at the seventh annual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards in Sydney last week.

She was one of 13 nurses and midwives acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to the New South Wales health system.

Mr Provest congratulated Sally on an amazing achievement and her contribution to the Tweed community.

The winners were chosen from among 43 finalists, including nine from regional and rural NSW, across 12 categories ranging from excellence in practice, to clinical leadership and innovation in research.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard presented the awards to the 2019 winners at a special ceremony in Sydney last night.

“These nurses and midwives go above and beyond to provide excellent care to patients and help make our NSW public health system what it is today – world class,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Some have devoted lifelong careers to healthcare, others are launching their careers – and all of the 2019 award winners have made an outstanding contribution to the busiest public health system in Australia.”

More than 53,000 nurses and midwives work full-time and part-time in NSW Health hospitals and health services.

NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Jacqui Cross congratulated the winners in each of the 12 categories.

“These nurses and midwives are the best of the best and highly deserving of these prestigious awards,” Ms Cross said.

“They do an amazing job and I thank them for their passionate, dedicated approach to helping patients and improving healthcare.”

The NSW Government is investing $2.8 billion to recruit 8,300 extra frontline staff over the next four years, including an additional 5000 nurses and midwives.

For more information on the 2019 Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards visit the NSW Health website, here.