If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague for the 2024 Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers, register your interest to be notified as soon as nominations are open.
About the award
The only award of its kind in Australia, the Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers (Trailblazers Award) recognises nurse leaders and innovators who lead the way to transform our health and aged care systems by impacting costs, improving quality of care and enhancing consumer satisfaction. The award acknowledges nurse-led innovations and models of care which significantly improve health outcomes for the Australian community through evidence-based processes.
Founded in 2019, the Trailblazers Award is administered by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). The award is designed to acknowledge that nursing has the solutions to many of the problems that plague the Australian health and aged care systems. This prestigious award is bestowed upon an innovative and outstanding nurse who has demonstrated leadership to bring new thinking to a wide range of health care challenges.
2023 Trailblazer winner and finalists
Lauren Barber MACN
Professor Caleb Ferguson FACN
Toni Slotnes-O’Brien MACN
ACN will facilitate the nomination and selection process in line with the following selection criteria:
- Significant contribution to the nursing profession and better health outcomes of Australian community
- Innovative work of nurses and the holistic and integrated philosophy underlying nursing care
- Demonstrated innovative intervention or excellent model of care that resolved a problem in the delivery of health care or an unmet health need of a population.