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by | May 20, 2022 | Community, Health

Beaudesert Hospital Maternity crowned in a celebration of Australia’s nurses and midwives for 2022 HESTA Awards

Jackie Smith. Credit: HESTA Awards.

Beaudesert Hospital Maternity were one of the winners of the 2022 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards announced last night in a national celebration of the critical contributions of Australia’s nurses and midwives.

Now in their sixteenth year, the national Awards recognise Australia’s nurses, midwives, nurse educators, researchers and personal care workers for their contributions to improving health outcomes, with winners receiving $10,000 – courtesy of ME bank – for professional development or to improve services or processes in the workplace.

Outstanding Organisation winner Beaudesert Hospital Maternity was recognised for its high-quality maternity services, demonstrating incredible commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of women and babies in rural Queensland.

Jacquie Smith, Beaudesert Hospital’s Nursing & Midwifery Director and Facility Manager, says the win was exciting for the maternity unit and a welcome opportunity for the team to celebrate their hard work and commitment to providing maternity care to the community.

“To be a winner is so exciting and provides positive recognition of the value and importance of local midwifery care for rural women and families,” Ms Smith says.

 

“I’m privileged to lead my team and it’s also fitting to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of the wider hospital team who support our maternity service and without whom we would not be able to provide our service.”

The organisation has enhanced healthcare for local women and babies, including expanding its Midwifery Group Practice, which provides individualised continuity of care during pregnancy, labour and birth, and in the provision of postnatal care.

Ms Smith says it was rewarding to realise how much the community values the local maternity services.

“It’s not like a hospital, it’s like a second home. A true testament of this is when we had three generations of families members born at Beaudesert Hospital, with the last two generations being cared for by the same midwife,” she says.

Beaudesert Hospital Maternity has also increased access to culturally appropriate midwifery and healthcare to First Nations mothers. The service has engaged extensively with community members to ensure safe, sustainable, and integrated care.

Beaudesert Maternity hopes to use the prize money to introduce a waterbirth option and developing an onsite lactation clinic for the maternity ward.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey congratulated this year’s winners and finalists, acknowledging the extraordinary impact they have had in delivering improved health outcomes and care for Australians.

“This year’s winners and finalists have demonstrated the very best of their profession: compassion, empathy and dedication to helping improve the lives of others,” Ms Blakey says.

 

“No matter the hour, no matter the situation, our nurses and midwives are there to answer the call. They have made an immeasurable difference to the health and wellbeing of so many people and it’s so clear why they are the backbone of our healthcare system.”

For more information, visit hestawards.com.au

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