Media release - May 6th, 2020
Ovarian Cancer Australia Wins 2020 HESTA Nursing and Midwifery Awards
Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) is honoured to be named the winner of the 2020 HESTA Nursing and Midwifery Awards for ‘outstanding organisation’. In its 14th year, the awards highlight the exceptional leadership and work in the healthcare sector across award categories including Nurse of the Year, Midwife of the Year and Outstanding Organisation.
The award recognises OCA’s research, advocacy and support for women affected by ovarian cancer to improve prevalence and survival rates. This includes securing a $20 million boost for ovarian cancer research and the development of a National Action Plan to coordinate research efforts.
Ovarian Cancer Australia CEO, Jane Hill, said the coveted HESTA Awards showcase the extraordinary work our health care workers do every day and it is an honour that OCA is held in such esteem alongside the high calibre of finalists.
“I would like to recognise all the finalists nominated for these awards, they all do outstanding work in their fields. Thank you to our team who have worked tirelessly to put ovarian cancer in the spotlight, support women and ensure no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone. Our dedicated ovarian cancer oncology nurses do a wonderful job providing support information and referral for the 5,000 Australian women living with ovarian cancer.
“I am proud that our team can be here for women during these times to ensure they are fully supported and empowered with knowledge and information to help them through all stages of their journey,” Ms Hill said.
The $10,000 prize money will go towards ensuring staff are fully equipped to continue vital work supporting women impacted by ovarian cancer. The money will boost staff support and wellbeing through wellness programs and access to clinical psychologists.
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal women’s cancer and sixth most common cause of cancer death in Australia. Every year in Australia, more than 1,500 women are diagnosed and more than 1,000 succumb to the disease.
This years’ HESTA award ceremony was hosted via video due to the COVID-19. Images available upon request.